It's Official, Paula Abdul Not Returning to 'American Idol'

August 05, 2009 03:03:01 GMT

The singer has announced it herself that she will no longer be a judge on the reality show, saying she will 'miss nurturing all the new talent'.


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Paula Abdul has announced personally that she will not return to "American Idol". She took it to Twitter in revealing her sadness and regret that she will not be back for the ninth season which will soon start the audition rounds.

"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL," she wrote on Tuesday, August 4. "I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon."

Paula did not mention about the deal she made with 19Entertainment. She dedicated the next few posts on Twitter to the fans who have been supportive throughout the ordeal. "What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me," she said, adding "It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month."

There were rumors that the studio and producers refused to meet Paula's salary demand. They however agreed to the amount proposed by the other judges, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, as well as host Ryan Seacrest. Paula previously said that she will return only when the deal is "fair". New judge Kara DioGuardi officially signed up last week, although her number is reportedly much less than the others.

The judging panel of "American Idol" thus will be back to the three-person format, unless FOX decides to add another one. The ninth season will be premiered in 2010.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by Lambert Fan! on Aug 06, 2009
I know that it will be different without paula. American Idol will lose a lot of viewers. However, in all reality, the judges just pick thru the talent at the beginning. They don't make the whole shoe. Now we will probably see bigger talent as the panel will be a lot more harsh this year and that will make the contestants have to take it up a notch. I have a feeling that despite the fact that at this point paula has quit that we might not being seeing the end of this. The producers aren't going to let the highest rated show in america go down without a fight. They'll beg her to come back if the rating drop. For all of you saying that you won't watch it without Paula... just watch it. Give it a chance. If it's that bad then don't watch it but at least give the panel a shot at making the show entertaining without Paula. I support the show 100% and will be tuning in whenever it premiers. I hope that you will do the same. Good day.
posted by david on Aug 05, 2009
this sucks. the show will be so boring without Paula.

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