Paula Abdul Exits American Idol
August 5, 2009 at 4:57 AM (PT)
In a move that had been rumored for some time -- PAULA ABDUL announced last night via TWITTER that she's quitting "AMERICAN IDOL." "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to 'IDOL,' " she 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."
Her reported $5-million-a-year contract expires in AUGUST and she has been involved in ongoing negotiations with FOX and the show's producers. THE NEW YORK POST writes she has been demanding as much as $20 million a year.
"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," said a joint statement from FOX and the producers.
AMERICAN IDOL had confirmed YESTERDAY (8/4) that it had resigned KARA DIOGUARDI, a songwriter who was added to the panel of judges last year. Ever since DIOGUARDI was hired last fall, speculation had been that she was brought on to replace ABDUL -- although the producers and the women themselves denied it.