Update: Fox confirms that Paula is leaving Idol. Via EW:
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.’
Wow. If Paula is really leaving? It’s a mistake. She’s never going to get a gig as good as Idol. And although it will be an adjustment (I got a lot of lulz out of Paula’s loopiness) the show will certainly survive. There is no judge, no contestant, no producer that’s bigger than the show itself. Paula is certainly replaceable.
Also, as of 12:08 am ET, Paula is the #3 trending topic on twitter…
Paula Abdull just twittered that she’s leaving Idol.
Sorry, I still think it’s a negotiating ploy.
Here’s what @PaulaAbdul twittered at about 10:15 pm ET:
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 day1become 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.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that she started tweeting just as the Idol concert in DC was ending–knowing there would be a large crowd of Idol fans following the concert on twitter.
I’m sure the next step is for another groundswell of support from the masses, and the news tomorrow will be filled reports of fans who are up in arms…
And I would not be surprised if it’s all an attempt to force 19’s hand. I still think she’s coming back.