The judges' table on American Idol may feature all new faces when the show returns in January.
TMZ quotes a source who claims Idol brass is concerned that Jackson is not well-suited for the mentor role, but they feel the need to retain him because "he's the glue that helps keep the show together."
A representative for Fox said the network had no comment on the reports.
There's no word on who will replace Jackson, and TMZ reports that the show will feature four judges again in the upcoming season, with one preferably from the country music world.
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