Paula Abdul is not returning to American Idol.
Her announcement, made on Twitter no less, follows some public statements that negotiations had not been completed.
On her Twitter feed, Abdul said:
“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.” (That’s one very long Tweet).
FOX, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment confirmed Abdul’s departure in a statement:
“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.”
Sources say Abdul asked for about $20 million to continue with the show. She rejected a 30% raise; an eight-figure multi-year deal.
Earlier this week, producers had re-signed Kara DioGuardi -but can she stand up and dance in the bizarre way Abdul used to do?
It won’t quite be the same without watching Simon Cowell flirt with Abdul, even though it was kinda banal at the same time. Cowell, who has indicated he may leave at the end of his current deal, is already talking to producers for a new contract, reportedly seeking more than $100 million a year.
Host Ryan Seacrest has already agreed to return with a three-year $45 million new deal.
Ryan Seacrest sent a Twitter message of his own: “About to go to sleep when I started seeing my Blackberry blow up. I have read what you have read and I am shocked and saddened about Paula.”
‘Shocked and saddened?’ Somebody should let Seacrest know she isn’t actually d-e-a-d.
Now then, this clears the way for rumours about Abdul as a candidate for Australian Idol. Yeah, right.
Source: Hollywood Reporter