Fox confirms Paula Abdul is leaving 'American Idol'
Paula Abdul has announced on her Twitter feed, and Fox has confirmed, that she will not return to American Idol for another season. Abdul gave notice through proper channels before posting on Twitter, according to a Fox spokesperson. A source familiar with the negotiation says Abdul walked away from a 30 percent raise and an eight-figure deal. Below is the full statement from Abdul:
The full statement from Fox:
Fellow judge Randy Jackson said he was “shocked” by the news, and Idol host Ryan Seacrest posted a response on Twitter saying he is “shocked and saddened.” Kara Dioguardi and Simon Cowell — who has said in the past that he does not want to do Idol without Abdul — are not commenting.
(Reporting by Lynette Rice and Michael Slezak)
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