Fox television has confirmed that Paula Abdul will not be returning for another season of their hit singing competition reality series American Idol.
“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.
Paula’s rep declined to comment, except to confirm that she really is leaving the show, which will begin taping its ninth season this Thursday in Denver. No reason was given for Paula’s departure, but according to TMZ, Paula had been negotiating for a big raise and the deadline for signing the dotted line on her new contract was this week.
Fox TV had this to say:
“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.”
Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will all be returning for Season 9, which is set to premiere in January 2010. American Idol just doesn’t seem like it will be the same without Paula!