After weeks of speculation, Paula Abdul broke the news via her Twitter account:
“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.”
Just days ago it was announced that Kara DioGuardi would be back for season nine of “American Idol” on Fox. As RBR/TVBR noted then, “Plenty of fans and critics didn’t like the addition of a fourth judge,” so we wondered what Idol would be like without Abdul, who had been there for all of the first eight seasons. Now we will find out.