Yo! Yo! Yo! Randy Jackson just left American Idol using the ultimate signoff.
Yo! Yo! Yo! This Is the Ultimate Signoff
Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
May 10 2013 5:39 PM

Yo! Yo! Yo! This Is the Ultimate Signoff

Randy Jackson has left American Idolthis weekin very Randy Jackson-like fashion.

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Yo! Yo! Yo! Randy Jackson just left American Idol in the most Randy Jackson way possible. Here’s CNN with his statement:

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“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol, I have decided to leave after this season,” Jackson said in a statement, released through his representative.

While discussing the greatness of Jackson’s signoff, Slate got to thinking how many other famous leave-takings would have been improved with a little “Yo! Yo! Yo!”

Yo! Yo! Yo! You don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because gentlemen, this is my last press conference. – Richard Nixon
“Yo! Yo! Yo! I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. – Lou Gehrig

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say Yo! Yo! Yo! till it be morrow. – Romeo

Yo! Yo! Yo! Rosebud. – Charles Foster Kane
This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but a Yo! Yo! Yo! – T.S. Eliot

It works with famous last words (“Yo! Yo! Yo! Et tu, Brute?”) and with the famous closing lines of great literature (“Yo! Yo! Yo! Yes I said yes I will Yes”). It even works with great triumphs: “Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo Adrian!” 

Try it and see for yourself.