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Updated: June 11, 2013 6:10AM

While Rihanna and Chris Brown have made their latest breakup very public with dueling tweets, I’ve also learned that RiRi used a more old-fashioned approach to express her outrage at Brown: She picked up the phone and called him.

A source close to Rihanna told this column Thursday, “She really blasted him, using language that made it sound like she never will get back with him again — no matter what people think.”

The singer was especially infuriated by Brown’s comment in an interview that he wasn’t ready to be “wife-ing” someone as young as Rihanna.

“She really thought that was a sexist, degrading thing for him to say,” added the source, “Especially after all Rihanna endured after he beat her and all that.”

Though the ex-couple were both in New York the past few days, they never connected in person.

As for Twitter, here’s Rihanna’s key one: “Settling is not an option! Nothing less than 100% loyalty, honesty, and respect!! Love ain’t for kidz.”

‘IDOL’ IN FLUX: While it’s widely assumed the entire “American Idol” judging panel will be replaced next season, the expected change began Thursday with Randy Jackson’ s announcement he was leaving the hit show he’s helped judge since the beginning.

“To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol,’ I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” the veteran music producer said in a statement. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”

Meanwhile, fellow judge Nicki Minaj chatted with “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest on E! Thursday — carefully commenting on the rumors she, along with Mariah Carey and Keith Urban, will not be back for Season 13.

“That’s a million-dollar question,” said Minaj with a laugh. “I have to say this all the time, but I want people to know it’s genuinely from my heart: I love the people on ‘Idol.’ I genuinely do. If I had to do this all over again, I would have done ‘Idol.’ …

“I feel happy here and I have to thank them for giving me this chance. They could have picked anyone in the world and they picked me.”

My sources don’t expect Minaj to be “picked” yet again. In fact, I’m hearing the show’s host, Seacrest himself, will be the only familiar face returning next year.

As for the buzz about

Jennifer Lopez reprising her role as an ‘Idol’ judge, that’s in doubt. “Idol” sources tell me J. Lo’s “stratospheric” salary demands are making it “highly unlikely” she’ll be back at the “Idol” judges’ desk.

The “clean sweep” at “Idol” also reportedly will include executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, another longtime show mainstay.

PALTROW DISSES GALA: People magazine’s recently named “Most Beautiful Woman” Gwyneth Paltrow is one of Hollywood’s biggest fashionistas, but the Oscar winner says she is never again attending the glamorous Metropolitan Museum’s big costume gala — even if it is the “baby” of her good pal and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Paltrow told USA Today, “It was so un-fun. It was boiling [hot]. It was too crowded. I did not enjoy it at all.”

SHORT SPLIT REVEALED: It was a bit of a shocker — not previously revealed — that rock legend Rod Stewart and his wife Penny Lancaster had a two-week separation some time ago. The singer told Australia Life magazine that the brief breakup made him realize the depth of his love for his wife — and led him to record a cover of Tom Waits’ “Picture in a Frame” for his new album.

“I asked her for a photo of herself in a frame so that I could see her when I went to bed and when I woke up,” Stewart told the magazine.

TAKE A BOW: Actor Edward James Olmos was among the honorees at the Peace & Education Coalition of Back of the Yards, New City fund-raiser Thursday at U.S. Cellular Field’s Stadium Club.

Congrats to local magician Bill Cook, who just won first place in the International Battle of Magicians competition held in Canton, Ohio. Cook’s act revolves around making CDs and iPods appear and disappear during his act.

The 24-year-old illusionist also performs in the “Magic Chicago” show at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont — which takes place the first Wednesday of every month.

STAGE SET: In town for rehearsals of Mary Zimmerman’s musical adaptation of “The Jungle Book,” Academy Award- and Grammy-winning original composer Richard Sherman took time out to see “Oklahoma!” at the Lyric Opera. Usman Ally, featured in that iconic musical, also is cast as Bagheera the panther in “The Jungle Book.”

SEEN ON THE SCENE: During Nick Cannon’s guest DJ gig at Sub 51, surprise guests were his “America’s Got Talent” judges Mel B and Howie Mandel. They all are in town for the show’s auditions, where after greeting the crowd at the Rosemont Theatre, Cannon overheard one call out, “What about the seniors over here?” With a laugh, he said, “Oh come on, you don’t look over 35!” — and ran over to pose for photos with the happy folks. … Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright, teammate Matt Holiday and their wives double-dated at Joe’s Stone Crab earlier this week. … Ald. Ed Burke and his wife, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, were spotted dining at the Boarding House this week, as was (separately) the Hawks’ Ray Emery. … In town for a plastic surgery convention, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star and plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif slipped into Studio Paris. … The folks at the Giordano’s in Plainfield made a speedy delivery to the private planes of Joe Gibbs’ racing team at the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville — making sure the group was well fed with Chicago-style pies on the flight home.

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