Paula Abdul announces she is not returning to ‘American Idol’

August 5, 2009

Paula Abdul has publicly announced via Twitter she is leaving American Idol. The 47-year-old singer and record producer – who has starred on the hit talent show with Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson since it began in 2002 – announced on the social networking site: “With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to American Idol.

“I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon.”

She added: “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.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that Abdul wanted $10 million, what host Ryan Seacrest got when he recently signed a new contract, a significant bump from the $2 million to $4 million a year she’d been earning. Auditions begin next week for Season 9 of American Idol, and it returns on the air in January. Kara DioGuardi, who has judged one season of the show, will be back with Simon and Randy.  While Paula is walking a way from one sweet gig perhaps because of pride and co-worker salary envy, she will be missed on the show I think.  While sometimes a bit loopy, she played off of Simon very well, elevating wounded contestants, with some kind words.


5 Responses to “Paula Abdul announces she is not returning to ‘American Idol’”

  1. Vinceint Apellego on August 5th, 2009 3:18 pm

    Maybe they will replace her with Kandi or Wanda Sykes…lol

  2. Sean Hathaway on August 5th, 2009 10:08 pm

    if Idol loses Paula, they will lose a huge draw for the show… sometimes i wonder why they even bother trying to act like it’s a “seriously judged” talent show; it looks like even Simon is getting bored

  3. surrey on August 6th, 2009 1:56 am

    You don’t have an idea that is so bad news for American idol…

  4. runescape gold on August 7th, 2009 2:43 am

    I thought she’s been displaying the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Syndrome, but nobody seems to have picked up on this… either that or it’s being hushed up…

  5. runescape accounts on August 7th, 2009 2:45 am

    whats that song” look at all these rumor- surrounding me everyday – blah blah blah time to get away from… sorry for got the words..Lol

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