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July 29, 2009

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Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

Via Twitter, the walking drama that is Paula Abdul has made the shocking announcement (to some) that she’s leaving “American Idol.” Here’s what she had to say:

“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.”

Well there you have it, the day that some folks can’t imagine has finally come. Meanwhile – in a statement – Fox, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment confirmed that Abdul’s has indeed left the building:

“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.”

But the burning question is why? The Hollwood Reporter says sources told them that Abdul asked for about $20 million to continue with the show. She rejected a 30% raise; an eight-figure multi-year deal.

Keep in mind that two other members on the “Idol” family, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell, have been resigned for huge money. Then there’s the newest judge Kara DioGuardi who has also re-signed to the show.

Cowell, who in the spring indicated he may leave at the end of his current deal, is already talking to “Idol” producers for a new contract, reportedly seeking more than $100 million a year.

Meanwhile, host Ryan Seacrest has already agreed to return as part of a broader three-year $45 million deal with 19 Entertainment.

“Sources say Fox was willing to have all four judges return and that DioGuardi’s deal wasn’t made as a pre-emptive replacement for Abdul, reports “On the other hand, the network and producers were sufficiently irked when Abdul’s manager took negotiations to the media last month and told the LA Times that producers are being ‘rude and disrespectful’ to Abdul by not having ‘stepped up.'”

Because we haven’t heard a peep out of him, we can only wonder what the other “Idol” judge Randy Jackson has to say about all of this.

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