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Paula Abdul exit: Reaction from Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest, Blake Lewis, and more...

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Following Paula Abdul’s Twitter announcement, and Fox’s confirmation, on Tuesday night that the American Idol judge will not return for the show’s ninth season, here’s what people are saying:

Randy Jackson: “I am shocked. Paula is a dear friend and will be missed.”

Ryan Seacrest (via Twitter): “Idol and the cast have grown with each other over the last 8 seasons. I can’t imagine the panel without Paula. She’s a star @ a great friend.”

Blake Lewis (Idol season 6 runner-up): “Paula leaving American Idol is like a honeycomb without the honey. She brought a sweetness to the AI that no one can replace. She will be forever our girl.”

Brooke White (season 7 finalist): “I honestly didn’t think she was going to leave Idol. When I saw her Tweet, I said ‘Wow!’…Sitting on the edge of that stage, you feel pretty vulnerable out there. And when you’re getting chewed up, any sort of relief is nice. Paula was that little ray of hope. She cushioned the blows a little bit. Not everyone at home liked that, but I can speak as someone who did sit at the edge of that stage, and to have someone who was concerned and caring helped.”

Jim Verraros (season 1 finalist): “She helped build [the show] from the ground up….I will never forget what she said: ‘Jim, you may not have won the gold medal, silver or even bronze. But you’re an Olympian. Remember that and how far you’ve come.’ For that alone, I will always have nothing but the utmost love and respect for her.”

Danny Gokey (season 8 finalist) via Twitter: “I’m really sad 2 see Paula Abdul not coming back 2 idol. She was the judge with the biggest heart! She really will be missed”

Kris Allen (season 8 winner) via Twitter: “We love you! Glad I was able to be a part of your last season on the show. You showed us so much love.”

Keep checking back at this URL for further industry reaction.

(Reporting by Michael Slezak, Tim Stack, and Adam B. Vary)

More on Paula Abdul’s Idol exit:

Fox confirms Paula Abdul leaving ‘American Idol’

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