Kara DioGuardi Hopes Paula “Reconsiders” Leaving “American Idol”

Paula Abdul’s sudden departure from American Idol this week has left her fellow judges, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson, shocked. Kara, at least, is hoping Paula will “reconsider” to the hit reality talent competition.

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“I can’t get over it. Completely shocked,” Kara said during an interview on KIIS FM’s On-Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday. “It’s such a loss for the show, such a loss for the contestants.”

She added, “She’s definitely the heart of the panel and the kind of heart she treats the contestants with she treated me with last year during the auditions. She was so kind to me and made me feel immediately like I was part of the panel. And I hoping she’ll reconsider.”

“The way I’m understanding, it was her choice to leave,” Kara told Ryan. “How could you ever replace [her]? She’s an incredible talent. She is somebody who helped to make the show as big as it is. And how could you ever replace that?”