Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Paula Abdul quits Idol!!!

It looks like a familiar face will be missing from the panel of judges on "American Idol" next season. Paula Abdul says her days of arguing with Simon are finito! Abdul broke the news on her Twitter page writing:
"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all ...being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon ... What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me ... It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month ... I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all."

Abdul had been involved in contract negotiations with Fox this summer hoping for a raise, but it looks like she and executives couldn't see eye-to-eye. Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest are all scheduled to return to next season. Seacrest says he is "shocked and saddened" by Paula's announcement.

The news comes on the heels of Fox's announcement that new judge Kara DioGuardi would be returning to the series for her second year. Fox quickly issued a statement regarding Paula's departure, writing:

"Paula Abdul has been an important part of the American Idol family over the last eight seasons and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show. While Paula will not be continuing with us, she's a tremendous talent and we wish her the best."

The upcoming season of "Idol" should prove to be an interesting one. Will the show still maintain its popularity without Abdul on the judges panel? We'll see.

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