Star Scoop: Randy Jackson Confirms Idol Split, ‘Scandal’ Hits a High, Sandra Bullock Lost in Space


Between celebrity spats and ratings rumors, it's been confirmed that American Idol original Randy Jackson is leaving the show. “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” the record producer said. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.” Jackson says the move will help put more energy into his management company Dream Merchant 21. [E! Online]

Kerry Washington sizzles on the red carpet and on the small screen. So it was only a matter of time before her Thursday-night drama, Scandal, hit a ratings high. The Shonda Rhimes drama drew in 8.9 million viewers last night, up 23 percent from last week. It was the number three show to air this week (after comedies Big Bang Theory and Two and A Half Men), and is on track to be TV's top drama three weeks in a row. [Entertainment Weekly]

What could go wrong when George Clooney and Sandra Bullock take a trip to space? How about everything?! Check out the theatrical trailer of Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron's comeback thriller about a space mission gone wrong. According to Cuaron himself, it's a “very odd film.” Gravity will hit theaters on October 4. [Huffington Post]

NBC's good times won't be rolling for too much longer. The peacock network has pulled the plug on four sitcoms: Whitney, Guys with Kids, 1600 Penn, and Maya Randolph's Up All Night. That makes for seven total comedies that will be exiting the network this season, including 30 Rock and The Office, which are gearing up for series finales. Its top Thursday show, Parks & Recreation, though, has survived to see another day—and a sixth season. [CNN]

NBC is moving forward on the drama front. Chicago P.D., a spinoff to the station's firefighter drama Chicago Fire, has been ordered up by execs. Executive producer Dick Wolf—you know, the guy behind the 100 Law & Order shows—will helm the new series. [Entertainment Weekly]

The Young & Restless is playing tribute its long-time matriarch Jeanne Cooper later this month. The 84-year-old actress passed away in Los Angeles earlier this week. “Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves,” said daytime CBS senior vice president Angelica McDaniel. “The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member, and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did.” The special will air on May 28. [Entertainment Tonight]

The Voice coach Cee Lo Green may have taken a break from the reality competition, but he isn't staying away from the small screen. TBS has ordered a six-episode reality show to follow the “F**k You!” singer. Tentatively titled The Cee Lo Life, the series will delve into his work as an artist, producer, and his reunion with hip-hop group Goodie Mob. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Could Bravo be pulling the plug on one of its Real Housewives hits? The network has stalled production of its New York edition because cast members Aviva Drescher, Carole RadziwillHeather ThomsonLuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan have refused to sign their season six contracts, citing pay concerns. [Us Magazine]