Paula Abdul Leaving “American Idol”
Abdul — Out! After eight seasons, Paula Abdul is leaving the judge’s table of American Idol.
The former pop star hit her Twitter page on Tuesday night to break the news to fans.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to the hit Fox TV singing contest,” Paula wrote. “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,” she added. “I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.”
The “Straight Up” star had been in talks with FOX for a raise. Her move follows news that songwriter Kara DioGuardi, who just completed her first season as a judge, willl return for the ninth season.
Fellow judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson are already under contract for the upcoming season.
Following the announcement, FOX issued a statement confirming Paula would be leaving the top-rated show she’s been apart of since 2002.
“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 statement read.