Paula Abdul Quits Idol

August 5, 2009 by  
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After eight years of offering smiley – or as smiley as her dermatologist would allow – “support? to hapless auditionees, frozen-faced Paula Abdul yesterday announced on her Twitter feed that she will not be returning to the show for the new series.

She 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.?

According to sources, Abdul asked for about $20M to continue with the show, rejecting a 30% raise.

So who will replace Abdul? Newest judge Kara DioGuardi has been re-signed to the show, though sources deny her deal was a pre-emptive replacement for Abdul.

It is likely Abdul will return as judge to fellow US talent show So You Think You Can Dance, due to start airing in Autumn.