After 12 years at the judge's table, celebrating the soaring voices and putting down the pitchy, Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol," People reports.
Alerting his fans with a statement beginning "Yo! Yo! Yo!," the exuberant Jackson -- the last of the show's original judges, going back to the original Simon Cowell-Paula Abdul days -- says he finally wanted to "put all of the speculation to rest" about his future.
"I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry," he says in a statement. "It's been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures."
Rumors still swirl about whether the show will keep the other three judges: Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, who all signed for the most recent season. Fox TV has declined to comment.
nBillie Joe Armstrong's opinion of PSY gives new meaning to the term "viral video," E! News reports.
"This dude is the herpes of music. Once you think it's gone, it comes back.#herpes #flareup #pleasegoaway," the Green Day singer wrote on Instagram Tuesday alongside a photo he posted of the South Korean rap superstar, who burst upon the U.S. scene last year with "Gangnam Style."
When asked by Fuse News about Armstrong's crack, PSY asked, "Herpes? What is herpes?"
And even after being informed that it was a "sexually transmitted infection," he thought about it for a second and then smiled.
"Oh ... hmm ... I kinda like it, it's cool," PSY concluded. "So he is saying, I'm like the herpes ... I should say something to him. He says I'm like herpes, keeps coming back.
"I think it's really cool and I appreciate that," he said.
On the heels of renewing "Parks and Recreation" for a sixth season, NBC has canceled four of its comedies.
Not returning in the fall are freshman sitcoms "Guys With Kids" and "1600 Penn," as well as "Whitney" and "Up All Night," E! News reports.
NBC also canceled the mystery-drama "Deception."
Neil Patrick Harris will be back for his fourth turn as host of the Tony Awards. The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, joint producers of the show that honors the best of Broadway, said Thursday the 67th annual awards will be broadcast live by CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9, Associated Press reports.
In a statement, Harris said he was excited to be back hosting the Tonys, adding: "The show will rock!"
Harris previously hosted the Tonys last year and in 2011 and 2009.
Last year's telecast at the intimate Beacon Theatre was seen by 6 million viewers, down significantly from 2011's 6.9 million. It was also the second-lowest ratings for the Tony Awards since 1988, though it was up against the season finale of AMC's "Mad Men."
The 39-year-old Harris has starred in three Broadway productions, including "Assassins," "Proof," opposite Anne Heche, and as the exuberant master of ceremonies in "Cabaret." He currently stars as dapper ladies' man Barney Stinson on CBS' sitcom hit "How I Met Your Mother."
Academy award-winning director Ang Lee says modesty and diligence have been the keys to his success in penetrating the foreign cultures that were part of many of his most notable films, the AP reports.
Earlier this year, the Taiwanese filmmaker won his second best director Oscar for "Life of Pi," a fantasy adventure about a 16-year-old Indian boy on an epic journey of survival. He also won the best director award for "Brokeback Mountain" in 2005.
Speaking to reporters in Taipei on Thursday, Lee said "I have to read everything and watch everything" before directing films with distinctly non-Taiwanese or non-Chinese themes, like "Sense and Sensibility," which takes place in early 19th century England, or "Brokeback Mountain," a gay love story set in late 20th century Wyoming.
"I grew up here until I was 23," he said, referring to his native Taiwan. "Taiwan is a very open society. It's an island, so we have a lot of influences."
Still, he said, successfully penetrating the foreign backdrops that feature in many of his best films is often difficult going.
"I have to be modest and diligent in adopting all kinds of cultures," he said.
Lee's next project -- a television series for FX entitled "Tyrant" -- focuses on an American family caught up in the turbulence of the contemporary Middle East.
Usher will be the spark for Macy's 4th of July fireworks show, the AP reports.
The Grammy-winning singer will collaborate with Macy's to curate the concept, music and design for the fireworks, which will be launched from barges off Manhattan.
It's the first time the company has worked with an artist on the concept for its annual show, Macy's said Thursday.
Usher will score the music for "It Begins With a Spark," which will feature his songs, as well as songs and hits from Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra.
He also will provide visual design cues and direction for the pyrotechnics that are choreographed to the musical score.
The 37th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks display will air after the annual concert on NBC. Performers haven't been announced.