Paula Abdul Out as “American Idol” Judge

Paula Abdul
Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul will no longer be judging potential music stars on Fox’s hit reality show, American Idol.

The former Pop singer, who’s been part of the program since it began 8 years ago, posted the news on her page that she will not be return for the program’s 9th season.

“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.”

Though she didn’t disclose the reason behind her departure, Abdul had been fighting with producers of the show on the terms of her new contract. Last month ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest signed a three-year $45 million contract to stay with the program, while fellow judge Simon Cowell, who hinted he may leave the show when his expires, is said to be in talks with producers for a new $100 million a year contract. Abdul had reportedly asked for $20 million to stay on as an Idol judge.

In a statement released to the press Fox, which produces the program along with FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, confirmed Abdul’s departure and wishing her the best of luck: “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.”

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