The dawg is out of the house. Raja just announced...

The dawg is out of the house. Raja just announced his departure from "Idol." On Feb. 20, 2014, Randy Jackson attends a party in West Hollywood, Calif. Credit: AP / Jordan Strauss

Randy Jackson, the last remaining figure -- or last holdout, if you prefer -- from the glory days of "American Idol," has formally announced his departure from the show. 

The statement was first posted on the entertainment news site, Deadline: “After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave 'American Idol.' I’m proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, 'Idol' started it all. Onto what’s next.”

Good for Jackson, who actually deploys no hyperbole in this statement, but in true dawg-like fashion, pretty much says it all. One of the most successful shows in TV history, and he was a big part of it. Honestly, a key part of it.

Let the tributes flow. And they will flow, right? But here's mine: Randy Jackson was my favorite judge, and -- in my mind -- the best judge over "Idol's" long rule. He "played the game" after all, as a very successful session musician before this and of course base with Journey.

He tried, as judge, to be thoughtful and constructive -- no giggles, or drama, or snark, just basic meat-and-potatoes insights. He was dropped as a judge a couple of years ago, hung around as a mentor, but that role seemed redundant, and was clearly a big comedown. 

The glory days are indeed over. It is now official. 

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