August 5th, 2009
10:25 AM ET

'American Idol' won't be the same

It’s a dark day in the history of “American Idol.”

Right up until the bitter end I believed Paula Abdul and the producers would be able to work it out.

After all, there is no one else like Paula. Her special mix of kindness and kooky has left such an indelible mark on contemporary pop culture that whenever a new talent show appears, featuring a panel of judges, the inevitable question is asked: “Which one is the Simon and which one is the Paula?”

Paul’s dizzy sweetness was the perfect foil for Simon Cowell’s sometimes caustic criticism.

Sure, their juvenile antics could test fans' nerves on even a good day (the poking, the silly zingers and the time Simon drew on her face), but beneath the japes appeared to be a mutual respect for one another’s career and their shared good fortune to have landed on television’s most popular show.

Now word comes that Paula is out and Kara DioGuardi is the new, reigning chick on the block. No disrespect to the Grammy-nominated DioGuardi, but the only thing she seemed to share with Abdul was a sometimes tragic fashion sense.

Watching "American Idol" won’t be the same without the chance to be treated to the uniquely Paula feedback to contestants like “You found the matrix of the song” or “I want to squish you, squeeze your head off and dangle you from my rear-view mirror.”

I’m going to say it (and you can cue the groans): for this die-hard “Idol” fan, Paula is forever my girl.

So what do you think? Will you miss Paula on the show? Post your comments here or head over to iReport to upload a video response.


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  1. Harlow

    Yea UhHuh Bad BAD BAD Decision!! No more Paula = No more Idol for me. She made the Show "human" ! LOVE HER – She will do something bigger and better hopefully. WE still want to see her on TV !!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Linda W

    My husband and I love to watch A.I. but without Paula.....they have lost two viewers! Fox....make a deal w/ Paula. Without her, you will have the lowest rated A.I. this coming season.

    August 6, 2009 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Valeria

    I find it hard to believe. Paula was the life of that show. Kara maybe knowledgable, but she is really annoying. My family and I were crazy for the show but now we will no longer be watching. It's dead!

    August 6, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Domenic

    I most likely will not be watching idol this come around. Without Paula it really wiill not be the same and I for one am leaving idol behind.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cherylanne

    I live in India and we wait ever so patiently to watch the American Idol show. Paula is so much loved by so many here. This new comer Kara, may look beautiful, but she dresses horribly ! Uuugh... Her comments, never mind about them.... should have stayed with her ! We have Simon for this. How can you put two of these on the same show ? We would love to see Paula yet for another season. Won't you please bring her back ? She is the one encouraging talent in all these singers !

    August 6, 2009 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Amanda

    Kara blows! I couldn't stand her comments last season. Paula was entertaining and fun. My family and I will no longer be watching the show.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. gapeach

    We saw this coming when the fourth judge was added last season. The chemistry between the judges is gone. Kara simply is not a good fit. The balance was there between Simon, Paula , and Randy. BIG MISTAKE ,Fox.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Vivian

    Agreed. The show would not be the same. It's the team effort!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tracy Johnson

    Clear case of discrimination, a woman doing the same job for less pay.

    August 6, 2009 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. casey

    PLEASE!!! PAULA!!! Go be a judge at So You think you can dance! That show is coming up while American idol is coming down. Do it you would be perfect for it!

    August 6, 2009 at 7:02 am | Report abuse |
  11. Susan

    Why would FOX break up a perfect ensemble...Paula, Randy, Ryan and Simon. It was well done. I won't be watching this year.

    August 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kim

    It's about time!! Have always had to fast forward through her inane babble, interrupting other judges, childish slap-fights w/Simon, tortured metaphors, etc etc etc

    August 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Barbie

    Simon, Paula and Randy are the trio that made Idol so much fun to watch! The banter between Simon and Paula and sometimes "lovin" showed the true connection these 3 had!!! PLEASE FORCE PAULA TO COME BACK!!!!
    Paula! It won't be the same without ya'll together!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rose

    "American Idol"-Won't be the same without Paula!
    She is a breath of fresh air, and the Aura she gives off to
    the contestants seems to make them what to strive for
    perfection. Paula is fair, kind and nurturing..She will be missed!!
    I won't be back watching Idol this season either!!

    August 5, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DEANNA SEBEK

    THE SHOW WILL DIE WITH OUT PAULA. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?

    August 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  16. ella mercado

    without paula I will not watch american idol anymore,by the way I go home early from work just to watch american idol..I am writing from Montreal.Quebec.Canada...please take back paula please we love her

    August 5, 2009 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Leon

    Please bring Paula back

    August 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Terry

    Thank Goodness! Paula stammered her words and acted like she was high or drunk on the show. The last several seasons I dreaded when it was her turn to talk. It won't be be same without her, but in this case, change is good. I wish her well. Wonder how the show will be for Simon, my favorite judge, without Paula.

    Good Luck Paula

    August 5, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sandy

    I'm not even sure I will watch without Paula...didn't care to much for Kara...nothing personal but I thought she was too bland for the show...Paula had pizzasssss!!! They will regret letting her go....good luck Paula...we will miss you!!

    August 5, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. R.S

    Paula may have been kooky, but I loved her and her comments and I can't imagine that people actually believe Randy's "DAWG" comments are any better than what Paula says. Give me a break. I have been on the verge of quitting it for a couple of years and this finally gets me to say goodbye idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Joanie

    This last season of Idol was the best ever. In fact, if AI never returned next year, I'd be okay with that. It felt complete. That being said, it was Paula's best season ever, there were production problems with timing with the extra judge, Adam's performance getting cut one week etc. It definitely won't be the same without her. She is a positive force in a truly high pressure situation. I secretly hope it's still a negotiation tactic and she will be back.

    August 5, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Nicky

    Good Luck Paula!
    Change is good; however, I was not impressed with the other woman now on the show–not alot of class. Her strip tease was not impressive. Paula took the edge off and offered kindness to devastated singers.
    I do think some shaking up is due after Adam Lambert sent the show into the cosmos with his amazing professionalism the show definitely lacked for several seasons. I have watched the show since it's beginning. I am sick of wasting my time for weeks watching the wierd little ducks parade in front of the screen in what seems like a sadistic pleasure for the judges. Could we please have an adult show with singers serious about winning and auditioning. Leave the goofy guys in the editing room!

    August 5, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  23. cassandra

    Randy is boring, Cara is boring and without Paula, Simon will be boring. Big mistake to not offer big bucks to get her back. Half the fun was watching Randy and Simon interact with Paula – lose Cara.

    August 5, 2009 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Sean J

    The Show Now Jumped The Shark! – Watch the ratings fall fall fall fall

    August 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Dee

    Paula was what made American Idol fun to watch. I am forever a fan. I have been disappointed in the shows results for the last three years and probably will not continue to watch it without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. JAMES

    WHAT DO U MEAN WONT BE THE SAME... NO BODY'S GONNA WATCH IDOL NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. C

    R U Kidding me! Here we go again, the good ole "White" boy always comes out ahead!
    Without Paula its the end.......the no name "White" replacement is a Paula wanta be!

    August 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. andie

    Paula was the worst part of the show. We will definitely watch it MORE now that she is gone. We would tivo just to fast forward through commercials AND Paula. This is good news!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  29. JH

    What an idiot move on Fox's part....

    Paula is unique,...

    August 5, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Debbie

    I will definitely miss Paula and cannot stand Kara. Kara is the one that should not be returning! Like Randy, but he always says the same thing. At least we still have Simon – IF I even continue watching!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Marj Gallun

    I am completely shocked that Paula was dropped from the show. She was the best one by far of the judges, except for Simon. I used to watch the show whenever possible, even though Kara, or whatever her name is, really was a drag. Kara added nothing to the show and I wish that they had let her go. As a matter of fact I was hoping this next year. But never Paula ! She is really the main stay of the whole thing.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Mama

    I was afraid this would happen. Actually Paula and her comments and dizziness and banter with Simon were a large part of the entertainment of the show. Kara has no personality, looks and who cares what she thinks of the talent. We should now realize this will be the last season of Idol as Simon said he would leave if the ratings dropped and that will surely happen this season as they have been declining from sheer longevity. So enjoy this last season and for all of you who did not like Paula...why didn't you just stop watching...nobody tuned you into that channel...now you can stop because you have to.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Keisha

    I haven't watched Idol since they gave Jordin sparks the win. She couldn't sing to me then or now. And now they are getting rid of Paula. What is happening to the show. As for this Kara chick what does she really bring to the table...

    August 5, 2009 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Walflor

    That is a BIG mistake for FOX. Watch AI is a fixture in my house and my friends' as well. We ALL watch it religiously and LOVE Paula. Kara is cute, but Paula made the show funny and entertaining. My friends have been texting all day in disbelief. FOX SUCKS. But what do we expect. They are republicans...No fun allowed! SO what if Paula is dizzy and sometimes we don't know if she is drunk or on pain meds. All I know is: Whatever she is on, we want some!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  35. M from toronto

    If it means the end of reality tv I for one will be truly thankful!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. pjmat

    Paula and Randy make the show...it will never be the same with out Paula...as for Kara....she does not add anything to the show.
    Good luck Paula....you will be missed.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sharon Schmiedel

    Paula will be sorely missed. I really don't want to think of Idol without her next year. Simon couldn't possibly interact with Kara (BOO!) the same as he does/did with Paula. When Kara is trying to make a point she has a very distasteful,snippy, snide look about her. Sorry, I don't care for her at all! She detracted from the judging this year in my opinion. I just can't get past that look on her face. It's almost always there when she's talking. Look at how she looked when getting back at Simon regarding his never having written a song. It's a little bit like the Wicked Witch of the West.

    We always wanted to see what Paula was wearing. We don't give a rats about Kara. I'm just being honest

    FOX – You are really blowing this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Pam E

    I think it's pretty silly to mess with a winning combination. Paula and Simon had a great raport. I find Kara just annoying – so won't watch anymore. Lots of other things on and I can just read who won in the paper. Bring back Paula!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Old dawg

    Over the years I've been pretty critical of Am Idol; however, without abdul.....nut though she is...... the show will be even more boring than it's become the past few years....Idol may keep going because there's nothing else on, but it's definitely going down and this will just accelerate the downturn...................

    August 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. ben harned

    Paula was the best.What she brings to the show will be miss.She is a major star in her own right.Please bring her back.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. nglorioso

    I have loved Paula since she cut her first single. But, I must admit that her comments to contestants was useless because it was always positive, rarely ever critical and useful. Kara is just as good and much better in the recording studio with the contestants. Thank you Kara for all the quality iTune downloads. Yes, I will miss Paula and the show won't be the same. It might be better, it might not; that isn't because of the judges as much as it is the talent on stage singing their hearts out.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Dottie

    Idol should be ashamed!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Michele

    If you've ever watched the videos of the performances after the end of American Idol you will see that Paula was right on with most of her predictions of who would be a success. She really could distinguish true talent despite her sometimes goofy comments. I will really miss her and the show will not be the same or as good. Maybe I won't be watching.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Esther

    Big mistake, Paula is kooky but she helped make American Idol what it is. Karla is OK, but uninteresting and bland. Paula should definitely be invited back and paid as much as Ryan. We will not watch the show until she is back.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Tony

    This show got so much press from Paula's kooky antics. I stopped watching this show five years ago, but would watch periodically after I heard on the news something funny or strange Paula had done. She was a disaster in many ways, and probably on drugs; but really the drama between her and Simon mitigated by Randy was the little extra that made this show "family" entertainment. The three judges were like family with the gay cousin, Ryan, thrown in for spice. Anyway, this Carla girl is boring. The show will lose viewers no doubt.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Virginia

    Will miss Paula because she brought a lot to the show. I will also miss AI because it will not be the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Lee

    An insane move. I watched last year as long as I could, but finally had to stop watching thanks to Kara, who seems to think SO much of herself. I wasn't a huge Paula fan, but I'd much prefer to watch the show with her on it. Is Kara the best replacement the producers could find? That's hard to believe. She isn't the kind of person people will tolerate for long. She isn't quirky, cute or well meaning. She's just plain obnoxious. I'll pass from now on, and from what I'm reading, it appears that many of us will opt to tune out.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kurt

    I think the producers are making a big mistake. It also doesn't sound like Paula was treated with the respect she deserves having played a major role in making Idol a success.

    It makes me more upset when I think about the disparity between Paula and Simon's contracts. I just can't believe the producers couldn't take a couple million from Simon to make Paula happy. How much money does Simon really need? He clearly isn't spending his money on his hair or wardrobe.

    Paula and team – you need to mobilize your fan base. I can understand why you may want to let the whole thing go, but I need Paula back on the show so that I can watch it in good conscious.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. mackmor

    Officially has Jumped The Shark.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Aukala

    On less show on my DVR. I will never watch again without Paula. Can't stand Kara.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Seth Hill of Topanga, California

    A lot of people in this forum have commented that Paula wasn't a very good judge. I agree 100%. But that wasn't the point. Paula, Randy, and Simon were entertainment! Paula's inane ditzy love-fest comments were part of the show, just like Randy's vain attempts to offer something practical and Simon's over-the-top nastiness.
    So, if you watch American Idol for serious ranking of new singing talent, you're probably glad to see Paula go. If you watch it for a good laugh, you're sad.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  52. sherry

    i am going to miss paula very much ,she was the bone of the show ,she made the kis feel good about themself .she give them so much confidence and she was honest about the good and bad in the show .they lost me waching the idol everybody should ban the show and not watch it till they be convice to bring paula back.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mallinda Chong-anderson

    PAULA WHO??? – she is yesterday's news, she was terrible, drunk, full of herself. The previous American Idol season, it was nice to see Paula, but then, she changed, her attittude was embarrasing.
    HOPE PAULA NEVER COMES BACK – SHE NEEDED TO GO.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tab

    The show will definately be different without Paula. When Simon was so tough on the performers, Paula would usually come back with a comment that would make them feel a little better about themself. There was balance. American Idol will never be the same. :(

    August 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ryan

    Idol without Paula is a ship without a sail. Why isn't Simon sticking out for her, both of them for me has great chemistry together, i always enjoy them opposing eachother from time to time. What is American Idol without both Simon and Paula?? It's just not going to be the same without Paula Abdul!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Sarge

    It boils down to money people! It is a business. Sure they gave Seacrest 45 mil over 3 yrs. Simon makes 20 million. But we never heard what Randy or Kara get. Even though Randy is on the final year of his contract. She obviously turned down 10 million dollars. Come on now! 10 milllion! 10 Million dollars to do a few weeks out of the year. Crap, I would take the money and run with it.
    Just like the pro sports thing a few years ago.....Bitching about money when us common folks really have to bust our butts to make a living...

    Get a life people!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Lynn in Okla.

    why fix it...it's not broken. Sorry but we don't need Kara, boot her and give her $ to Paula. She is the only one on there with CLASS!

    The personality mix with the orginal judges and Ryan was smooth and fun.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  58. john

    Paula is a talent-free, useless, piece of D-list celebrity. She is everything that is wrong with American pop culture today – rank her up there Paris Hilton. SHE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Denise Davis

    I am so done with that show! At least Paul was brining some fresh air eventhough sometimes she was goofy!
    Now with Simon who got so tame that most of the time I think he doesn't care anymore, Randy and insipid Kara,there is no more appeal.
    One more night for reading instead of watching a dying show.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Val

    I won't be watching anymore. They pay Simon some crazy amount, Seacrest is getting 15 million a year and he's just irritating. Why can't they pay Paula? She's as big a part of the show as the other two! I would be insulted too if I was her, it's a slap in the face.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Airborne

    Poor judgment by the show. She really was the only thing that made it worth watching.

    Simon's act is repetitively boring and his battles with Ryan are contrived...they are two of the worst actors out there.

    Respect to Randy but the whole ghetto lingo, from such a wealthy guy, is right up there with the Six Flags mascot. That is to say; belittling to viewers...know what I mean daaawg.

    And the other girl....what was her name again?

    August 5, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Sally

    I love the three of them together! she can't leave! she and simon are my favorites, mainly simon, but paula was always the nice one who TRIED not to laugh when people were horrible. Idol won't be the same anymore. :,(

    August 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Gunny 1969

    So some people are saying they are no longer going to watch the show because Paula is gone. The show isn't called "Paula idol", it's called "American Idol" . Get a grip, people, you are saying she is the only one that can do this show? You people need to get out more! Hard to believe, Paula was just good eye candy. Kara isn't the best judge out there, all the idol producers have to do is clean Kara up a little bit, and by mid season, people will be saying "Paula who"?

    August 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  64. jeff v

    why didint randy and simon and mr. interduction pitch in $$$$$ to keep the team together kara shows idols off out of my life

    August 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Wyoming gal

    The show will be better without her. She never had any useful criticism, she didn't have enough of a backbone to tell anyone how she felt. She's too afraid to hurt someone's feelings and that's not helpful to the performers and to the evolution of one's performance to have someone who says the same thing to everyone – you were great.... blah blah blah... A big smile and some cleavage is what Paula contributed to the show. Never anything useful. I think the producers saw no point in paying her more money for doing what? So they let her contract expire. At least they didn't fire her. They were being kind. She'll move on and probably figure out a way to make lots more money. Show business is that – a business. So she shouldn't be "hurt" by this. She's not worth the money they paid her, certainly not a raise.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Jaxxon

    O>M>G> we are left with bad taste kara,cant sing, dresses like a really bad drag queen .I've heard Simon sing better loaded..in a Pub...Bring Back Paula

    August 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  67. MilwaukeeGUY

    BRING BACK PAULA!!!!!

    IDOL LOST A FAN IN MILWAUKEE!!!

    I LOVE YOU PAULA XOXOXOXOX!!!!!!

    IDOL WILL SUCK NOW.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Shorty

    Ohhhh man!! I knew AI was going down the drain but I didn't know they'd sunken THIS far! And to replace her with KARA?? Nobody I know even LIKES Kara!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Seth Hill of Topanga, California

    The first week I ever saw American Idol, I instantly remembered the names of Randy, Paula, and Simon. I've seen about half the episodes this past year, and I still can't remember the name of that woman they added as the 4th judge. What's more, I don't like her. What's more, nobody I know likes her. Randy, Paula, and Simon were lovable characters. The producers are making a BIG mistake. Oh, well... they didn't ask me...

    August 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Pedro

    I am so relieved to here she is leaving. Cause every season, she got Hotter and HOTTER! Man, I couldn't take another season. She was so pretty last season, I had to draw a mustache on my picture tube just so I could watch her. Now I can erase it, and watch that nasty DioGaurdi

    August 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  71. MilwaukeeGUY

    BRING BACK PAULA!!!!!

    IDOL LOST A FAN IN MILWAUKEE!!!

    I LOVE YOU PAULA XOXOXOXOX!!!!!!

    IDOL WILL SUCK NOW.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  72. beth

    Kara is such a phony! I cant stand her! We want Paula!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Scott Henderson

    Idol will never be the same without Paula-she was the sweet to Simon's sour. Ms. D was introduced last year and though at times her remarks were relevant, the unexpected banter you got from Paula was non-judgmental and often her zany moments were passionate and you waited to hear her console someone who might have been off.
    She can't be replaced any easier than Simon inflammatory remarks, Randy's directness or Ryan's ease with the audience and performers.
    This is a show that has made enormous money for Fox and they have
    lost a viewer (and I'm sure many more feel the same way) when they
    should have considered her enormous appeal to viewers. As Seacrest would say " Out"- I can find something else to do with my
    time if the originals are left hanging- when they are responsible for the show's enormous success. I hope the show crashes without her!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  74. bolts

    For all you morons who say "you're not watching IDOL anymore" since Paula's has departed. Give me a break, you will continue watching the show. She's greedy just like the producers. She's hardly worth the money she was making. Dump Kara too. Simon's the only good thing about this show. He could do the judging himself and the show would still be a success.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  75. chris

    we will not be watching it now without Paula it will not be worth the time. The should beg her now.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Renata

    Keep Paula!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Bill H.

    As Kara would put it: "I just have three words to say: 'They made a big mistake' "

    August 5, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Nina

    I think there should be a boycott of the show!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Catherine

    Idol is over without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Ralphie

    Do you think it was because of her drinking? OMG I use to laugh when you could tell she was crocked. Obviously, the show will never be the same. But, then again, the winners have been rigged lately, so my advice is, find something else to watch.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  81. tracy

    It cracks me up to read so many people proclaiming they will no longer watch AI...like it was the Paula Abdul Show or something??

    I for one am happy to hear Paula is gone. She frequently got on my nerves. Her comments were either unintelligible or sounded as if they had been written for her ahead of time, and she looked like Middle Aged Barbie with her metallic dresses, tacky jewelry, big hair and bigger cleavage. I find Kara much more informed, intelligent, and attractive!

    August 5, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Greg

    Paula's antics were great for the show. She was over the top, said ridiculous things and were often laughable. But, that show NEEDED that. You laughed both WITH and AT Paula. You simply cannot take IDOL seriously and woe to those that do!

    Paula's absence will be felt and probably not for the reasons that the idiots at Fox and the production company will have anticipated. The show was already started to show its age and get a bit creaky...this will simply hasten the demise.

    Don't get me wrong...she's crazy to go. Ain't no one EVER gonna pay her the kind of money she'd made doing IDOL and if her manager has convinced her otherwise, then he's taken her for a huge ride!

    I think I'm done, too.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  83. lea

    I don't like to watch Kara, boring!!!! I always found a reason to leave the room when she had her turn to speak. American Idol as we knew it is no more.

    August 5, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Jason

    While I think that being there since the first season does mean something, I have to wonder what it is she does on the show these days. Is she a judge? If so, why doesn't she criticize the performances anymore? Is she a contestant? If not, then why is she performing these last 2 seasons? Is she promoting her jewelry line? If not, then why does it keep getting brought up every season? The bottom line is this: Paula adds nothing more than Randy Jackson, so she was just 1 girl too many. At least Kara is a song-writer (tho No Boundries is one I'd leave off of the resume), Paula was an auto-tuned bubble gum pop star in the early 90's. She isn't the foremost authority on current music, and she isn't even qualified to be a fashion judge. The show can do without her. After all, shouldn't it be about the contestants?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Francine

    I will miss Paula. I truly liked her. She was zany, sympathetic and kind.
    The group has their own personalities, but they all blended and balanced each other.
    If Simon or Fox are smart, they will try to coax her to return.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Elizabeth

    You are correct–Idol won't be the same–it will be BETTER!! They should have gotten rid of her years ago!

    As a die hard fan who's been with the show since season one, I personally am thrilled to see her go. She was a distraction to an otherwise fabulous show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  87. joe

    Nobody likes Cara....we all knew she was brought on to replace Paula....CARA SUCKS!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Rachel in Santa Cruz

    Kara is horrible and with no Paula it will be no fun. No Paula, no Idol. Bye bye show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  89. marco_ccs

    YES, she will be missed...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  90. idoladdict in sc

    They made a big mistake, keeping Kara and letting paula go?? Are they crazy?? We are idol fans, have watched, voted and recorded every season. we never missed a show. This changes everything for us. We didnt like kara this past season being the 4th judge, now they put her in Paulas place?? Stupid. We are sick over the change.
    LETS START A BRING PAULA BACK BOYCOTT

    August 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Instgtr

    You mean we won't have to listen to her endless, "Ohhh, you have soooo much talent – you shouldn't be eliminated..." and watch her orgasmic dancing when some guy she has the hots for comes on?

    Well – IT'S ABOUT TIME!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Chrissy105

    I am going to try really hard not to watch the next season...I hope Ryan and Simon both feel bad about being money whores! I always LOVED Paula's upbeat responses...not all the negative crap. Very sad! When will women get fair pay?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Dalit

    Shame to see the American mentality pushing away everything that falls under "not-100%-perfect-according-to-some-stupid-producer" – replacing it with -prefect?- Kara, who is as boring as my checkout attendant at Vons...

    I will NOT watch this show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  94. karuna

    Long time overdue! She makes me not watch, with nothing productive and most incomprehensible jabbering of a lost soul. And who needs that?? NO ONE IS INDISPENSABLE ever, so just get used to not having rubbish all the time.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  95. William

    Kara is o.k., however I'll not be watching Idol without Paula. I believe the producers have made a HUGE mistake and should try to bring her back. They should have offered her the contract that she has truly earned.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Cindy

    Will no longer watch without Paula there....

    August 5, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Ed

    I think it's time for her to go. She was kinda weird in the past few months being a judge in AI. I think Kara will inject new life in the show as she is more musically inclined (& talented of course) than Paula. And am sure, Paula's services will be needed by other talent shows which might give her a better pay...since this is the reason why she's leaving. Good riddance.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Jaci Dorr

    I am horrified that American Idol would let Paula go. She is such a nice person and I cannot stand the new gal. She goes on and on about nothing.

    If there is no Paula, I doubt if I will watch and I've always loved the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Barbara Hochwarter

    Aside from the truly remarkable talent that just got better & better each season, Simon & Paula were the stars. Their bantering was very entertaining, & I really think it will be very difficult to continue watching the show. I have watched the show each season with my 2 daughters via long distance conferencing & we all feel the same way. Don`t think the producers were fair to Ms. Abdul, & we will miss her enough that will have to give up watching Idol. We have the option to watch several other very good talent programs Sincerely believe you have made a serious error in letting Paule slip away & I think you will have difficulty keeping your show on the air for 3 or 4 more seasons No one can take her place.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  100. l will

    I doubt that I'll watch without her. I hope NBC has a good show in that timeslot.
    Love you Paula

    August 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  101. ANA MARTINEZ

    I LOVE PAULA AND I WILL QUIT WATCHING IDOL AS KARA HAS NO PERSONALITY AT ALL AT PAULA MADE THINGS INTERESTING AND FUN, BYE PAULA AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU ANA

    August 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  102. real person

    At least Kara can sing. Paula is horrible! Thank god the drooling, babbling pill head is gone!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  103. brunettecashier

    My thoughts on this are:

    I am not against change. I am against "bad" change. Kara's comments are nothing original. The other judges said what she said, she just repeated it and presented it differently.

    That being said, I admit, sometimes Paula's comments were completely off-the-wall, but she brought such a quirkiness to the show. The jokes between her and Simon were down-right hilarious. I love watching them go back and forth.

    I do hope, they release Kara from AI and bring someone new to the panel. It won't be the same without Paula, but it will absolutely suck to have to go through 3 months of listening to Kara go on and on about "artistry" ... you can only say that so many times before it gets old and boring.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Mr. Bill

    Goodbye Paula – I will not miss the vacuous statements and bizarre behavior. I don't ever remember a lucid comment from her mouth – how she ever got on the show is a mystery. Probaby for comic relief both in her comments and her clothing. Don't get me started on her massive, over-the-top jewelry...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  105. luther

    What did Paula bring to the show in terms of substantive help for the contestants? Nothing. But she brought a lot of entertainment.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Terri

    I can't believe Paula is leaving!! It won't be the same show at all. And I can't stand Kara. What the heck are the producers thinking?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Miggetty

    American Idol will live and die by the talent on the show, not the judges. This news is a big "whatever." Paula was nice yet rambling. I hope they don't replace her, and just move on with the three judges. In any case, yall know you will still be watching when the time comes.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Jeff

    I totally agree with Claire (August 5th, 2009 10:41 am ET). It's easy to bash Paula because she can be kooky, but she's the heart and soul of Idol. I have never missed a show in 8 seasons, but my interest is waning fast. I predict this poor decision will come back to bite the producers. I predict further Idol will lose its #1 rating this season. Bad move.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Terry

    Without Paula Abdul American Idol will not be the same. The ratings are sure to plummet. She adds so much to the appeal of the entire show. Her persona is one that cannot be replaced. If she asked for a raise she should have been given one. Based on the popularity of the show, the fact that the salaries of the other judges and spokesperson meet their requirements, why isn't she given the same consideration? I guarantee that I for one will not be a fan or viewer of the show now. Paula is so entertaining and such an asset that I am going to miss her profusely. No one can replace the solid threesome of her, Simon and Randy and the rapport they have with the audience and viewers. Please reconsider and offer her whatever it takes to stay on the show. Paula, you will be sorely missed. Good luck to you.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  110. shirley

    What being smart have to to do with being a judge have of them don"t know
    good talent when they hear it,not one black was in the final this year
    be for real,i been stop watch idol, i don"t know why blacks go on these
    programs it a wast of time.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Connie

    NO PAULA .. NO IDOL !!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Lee

    Like Simon, my family is from Great Brition, one of the reason we left was people like Simon, but you have to admit he makes the show. Randy, man I am tired of the Dog crap, he should have been the one to go, and what's her name, you know, the stripper from last season is the only redeeming thing I can think of, can't remember her name to same my life.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Henry Weeks

    Without Paula – I will gladly make American Idol and thing of the PAST.
    STUPID AND RECKLESS unless its a publicity stunt .......then brilliant

    August 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Mick

    I will not be interested in the show as much with Paula leaving, she was kind and discerning in her comments though at times did not make sense and that is what we loved. She bounces off Simons sometimes harsh comments though at times very on point. This is what makes American Idol interesting. Did not like Kara much she brought nothing new to the table and it cost the show to over run several times and changed the format. She has no personality no spark. FOX you are messing with a good thing you should do whatever it takes to win her back. We only need three judges. the originals....IDOL will never be the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Cella

    What no Paula, you've got be kidding me, are you kiding me Kara has nothing over Paula, all Kara does is follow Randy's lead, she offers no new spunk nothing original

    August 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  116. scott

    Yahooooooooooo ! she is gone !! no more watching the Idiot Girl talk !!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  117. cheri

    The show will not be the same without Paula....
    I may not watch anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Ali

    Only two possible outcomes.

    1. This show will actually because decent and turn out people who will have a career for more than 5 seconds after the show is over.

    or

    2. Fox will finally cancel this waste of space because the morons who watch it will quit watching it because the babbling bimbo is gone.

    Thank GOD Paula is leaving!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Fmr. Watcher

    The show seemed to be going downhill for me, anyway. I stopped watching full seasons several seasons ago (opting to watch only the horrendous try-outs). Now, with Paula gone, there won't be any more reason to tune in. They let the show go downhill so far prior to her departure. Letting her go is like the nail in the coffin of that show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  120. LPLT

    They offered Paula a 30 percent raise. Who turns that down these days? I'm glad they're making the change. I like Kara better anyway.

    Good bye, Paula. Enjoy your retirement!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Cokie

    I am disappointed that Paula won't be part of Idol. It really won't be the same without her and Kara is NOT a fair replacement. Idol needs to have someone with some sweetness as well as someone who has something worthwhile to say. Paula, once she got sober, filled that well. Kara cannot.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  122. landshark

    It appears to me she has made a serious error in judgement! She no body without the show. She should have stayed! from what I read she could have stayed at the same contract. She was fishing for more money and they said no! Now she has even less money! Stupid!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  123. David

    All three original Idol judges are painfully bad and don't have much substance in what they say. None of them are very articulate either. This is abundantly obvious when compared at shows like So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing With the Stars, where the judges actually sound like they have the knowledge base to back up their position as a judge.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  124. BRENDA DEGARMO

    Ryan Seacrest and Paula Abdul were the only two people who made the contestants feel like humans. They both treated them well, understood how much stress was on the show, and should BOTH continue on the show. Thanks to Paula for for being there for the contestants and understanding what an entertainer has to go through rather than throwing the Christians to the lions! Simon's brutal mauling is totally unnecessary. He doesn't like the clothes, but they pick them. He doesn't like the song selection, but they pick them. It's supposed to be about music, not crucifying the contestants. Thanks to Paula for her kindness! Simon could take a lesson from her!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Lee

    Stupid, stupid, stupid to have let Paula go. Can't stand the other broad they have on there. Will miss the hours and hours spent trying to figure out what Paula said and what she ment by it. Sorry FOX, you blew it bigtime.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Stacey

    I don't think American Idol is going to lose too many viewers over Paula's departure. The same people saying they won't watch anymore will most likely be watching the show in January just the same. Besides, I watch the show to see the talent (or lack of talent), not the judges. Now if Simon left, that'd be another story. I like Paula but I won't miss her often incoherent critizism of the contestants.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Ms Vic

    Simon was only tolerated because Paula was there. I won't watch him. I hope the very best for Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Josh

    Paula was the yin to Cowell's yang. Now, the show will be completely out-of-whack: mean, humorless, and–when Simon's not tearing some contestant's heart out–boring. The Idol producers need to get back to the table on this.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  129. sherma

    Big mistake. A big part of the appeal of the show was the interaction between Paula and Simon. I really do not care for Kara. We will see how the ratings are next season. There is always someone with a big, new idea to spoil good things. How many shows have been this popular for this long? The producers should leave a good thing alone.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Daniels, D.

    I am officially not watching 'American Idol'...nor are my friends and co-workers, until Paula is restored with the pay she deserves. Listen up, execs, you are losing a large margin of viewers over this "not-so-smart" decision.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Idol Watcher

    Good riddance!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  132. wendy

    Big mistake! They had an awesome combination between the 3 original judges. Adding a 4th judge in the last season was a spoiler. The show will not be the same without Paula.....I think they will lose a lot of viewers because of it. No one can tell Simon to shut up better than Paula......whoever didn't wine and dine her to stay is not a very bright bulb

    August 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Irene

    After the last result, I vowed not to watch AI ever again. The fact that Paua won't be back confirms I made the RIGHT decsion. Kara DioGuardi doesn't even come close and never will.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  134. kari

    Paula, We will miss you! The show will not be the same without you.
    Kara"s comments just seemed to agree with the person who spoke before her. Kara never seemed to have her own opinion

    August 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Lois

    Paula is the American Idol

    August 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Knoxy

    Fox has missed one hugely important point in paying so much money for Simon: he is only bearable with Paula as his foil, without her he's just a sarcastic, bitter old man.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Gremelia

    Paula is unique and quirky and a constant support to the American Idol contestants. The show will not be nearly as appealing without her. Because of Paula's support for the contestants it allows the other judges to be more critical and Simon to be rude and we laugh. Without Paula, however, it will not be funny it will be uncomfortable and hard to watch. He takes things too far but with Paula's to balance it off it is compelling and fun to watch. I think they should have paid her whatever she wanted. The show will really miss the mix of her, Simon and Randy.
    Kara is horrible to watch and she tries to be the female Simon and it will just turn into a bashing of contestants with Simon and Kara trying to top each other in rudeness. I hope she leaves.... she was brutal. We'll miss Paula! She makes Simon and Randy better.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  138. andi

    So what, now Randy's the nice one? Give me a break. Kara spent most of her time last season trying to out-harsh Simon. Plus, the song she wrote for the winner was like a gag song; just plain ridiculous. Seriously, what does she add to the show? I was asking myself that every episode after she joined the panel. I agree with the person who said, "if it ain't broke..."

    August 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Anne

    Paula made American Idol what it is today. I will miss her so much. I plan on boycotting season 9. As for Kara, um your music/songwriting sucks. Paula has a hell of alot more going for her than Kara...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Jewell

    What a crock. FOX says we are saddened that Paula has decided not to return to IDOL. Yeah right. They want it to look like Paula was the one who didn't want to come back when they were the ones who pushed her out the door.

    Watching Idol was an all around show. From watching the auditions, to watching the contestants, to watching the judges. Each part added its own entertainment to the show. Paula, Randy and Simon had the correct mix and were entertaining themselves at times. Now with Paula gone and Kara there, how boring is the judging going to be. Not to mention, most of the contestants will end up running off the stage in tears. Paula equaled out the other judges and gave just the right amount of feedback to give the contestant an all around fair judging.

    What can we do to bring Paula back? Is there a FOX website we can go to to protest this injustice? Guess it wouldn't matter. Like most executive decisions, the decision was decided by a bunch of political-type hotshots who think they know it all and who decide by their wallets instead of what the fans want. It's just business anyway, isn't it..??

    August 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Brice

    I cannot believe Paula will not return to American Idol! Eventhough she may have been quirky at times she still brought much entertainment to the viewing audience. I truly believe the ratings will drop now that she will not be part of the program. People enjoyed watching her even if she was acting strange, it made for great TV! It's too bad...

    August 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  142. diane

    Lost interest when Kara joined. Only watch the last 3 shows and never voted this year.

    Maybe Idol night would be a good night to hit the movies, or catch up on e-mail.
    Don't like Kara!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Peter Whittam

    Idol needed some changes and I was so done with Paula two seasons ago. She had a good run but now it time to have someone new. I guess Kira will take her place, I like Sharon Osborne.

    The show comes out of Hollywood and mat have a lot of Brits but is an American show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  144. luvoldies130

    Paula brought a gentle kindness to American Idol. Something the contestants really, really need to keep them going. Sometimes kooky, yes, but always loveable. A.I. will continue but it will not be the same without Paula. I miss her already.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Madelyn Dillon

    American Idol is making a HUGE mistake. Kara has no personality and will never replace Paula in our hearts.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  146. K. Rodriguez

    With each passing year I have been losing interest in American Idol. Now with the loss of Paula who is a huge part of this show I am totally disgusted. The execs at American Idol better think long and hard about now having Paula Abdul back on the show this season if they want to continue with the success they have attained. If not, I will be finding me something else to watch.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Bobbie

    I think it's a big mistake. Simon is just cruel, I dislike Kara, Randy is genuine and Paula might be ditzy but at least she knew how to give "constructive criticism". I always tivo the show so I could fast forward through Simon and Kara.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  148. john

    good riddance......her judging and loopy behavior was pathetic

    August 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Chris

    I too will not watch Idol without Paula. She added class and humanity to the show. She deserves an equal share just as Randy and Simon. Kara does not have the audience appeal, reputation and experience that Paula has and this is the beginning of the end for A.I.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Jon

    What, was she too old for the Producers? There is NO loyalty in Hollywood. Idol has run its course and it will be seen that in the end, Paula got out when the program still had an audience.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Eric

    Kara is a waste of airtime - completely pointless and most importantly NOT ENTERTAINING in the least. Paula kept things interesting at least. Kara is just BORING. The show will definitely suffer without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Teresa

    Loss of Paula??????? Please! My husband and I are thrilled. We actually didn't watch it last season because we are SO tired of hearing her endless bull. Best news we've heard in a while.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Rimmer

    Change is inevitable. But whoever thought of Kara should take her by the hand and together they should be part of that change. She simply has nothing to say.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Mark

    OMG! What a rude way to treat someone who has been part of the show since the beginning. Kara is replacing her? Are you kidding? Not by a long shot! This definitely makes me not want to watch come the beginning of the season. Good luck Paula!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Pag

    Finally she's gone.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  156. laura

    yup, although Paula was a bit much, Kara is unbearable. AI tries to 'tweak' the show, add more 'suspense' but it's all the same. Adding Kara last season was a mistake....she brought nothing to the show, nothing that was worth remembering. Your would think that the producers want you to remember the show......with Paula you did. Why try to fix something if it ain't broke? Go back to the root of success, Simon, Randy AND Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Joanie

    There is no American Idol without the original cast – Paula, Simon and Randy were a great trio. Kara was an interruption and ruined the chemistry. Paula brought the feeling of anticipation to the viewers as we never knew what to expect – that was part of the fun. Although she was a little nutty at times, she really put her heart and sole into the performances/singers. She brought life to the program. She and Simon had terrific on-screen presence.

    Watch for the slip in the ratings without her! FOX will regret this decision.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Bob Atkinson

    Paula will be missed, lets all have a drink to her!!!!!!!

    Bob

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Mari

    I think this is all publicity and she will be right in her seat where she always is or maybe under the table where she sometimes is or what were we talking about – Oh Paula will understand.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  160. val

    Bad decision...for Idol. Pretty strong decision on Paula's part–gutsy. Sad to see her go–not sure how many will still watch.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  161. John

    Have watched since day one. I buy all the idol albums, and download all my favorite performances from iTunes, but without Paula Idol is now off my list. They need to remove Kara (who likes her anyway) and pay Paula what she deserves. If enough people ban watching the show, they will get Paula back for us soon enough.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  162. bc_mimi

    It was obvious that 4 judges last season was just one too many. It ran overtime on a number of occasions. That said; they are keeping THE BORING ONE! What are they thinking? I often rolled my eyes over the years at Paula's critiques. But...she was always entertaining. Kara, on the other hand...not so much. Not looking forward to the new season without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Robert

    She was annoying, nuts, overly medicated, and gave no constructive criticism. Good riddance!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Diana

    I will probably NOT continue to watch American Idol now that the queen bee (sorry Ryan), Paula will be gone. It would be like watching Seinfeld without the "George" character. She was a huge part of the show and she will be greatly missed. The new chick, Kara, seems to be too full of herself, cocky without having a reason to be. She's a dime a dozen and Paula was an original. I've got an idea for American Idol, why not get rid of Randy now? He's about done, right? I think that the show will continue because of the singers, but NOT because of Kara. She's just not that interesting. So, our household will be done with Idol. Good luck Paula, you will be missed by Idol true fans. Peace.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Alex

    Thank God this idiot is gone. NO MORE PAULA YEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She was such a frickin drunk idiot who just rambled on and on and made absolutely no sense.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Farrell

    I'm done with this show with or without Paula, some of the recent talents who didn't win should have.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Josie

    American Idol will not be the same without Paula. This might be the beginning of the end for American Idol. I wish Paula the best.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  168. saftgek

    There was an online poll question today: "Will 'American Idol' be better or worse without Paul Abdul?"

    The question is silly, indeed. Considering this program is a valueless vehicle, already one of the worst on T.V., how could it possibly be worse? It merely falls into the ranks of the other cr*p that passes for entertainment, but is merely a S/M flood that enables networks and producers to prey on the unfortunate souls who choose to not use their brains.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Anne

    I have been an idol fan since its inception. Paula was my favorite on the show, by a long shot! Kara is B-O-R-I-N-G and I never understood why they brought her in as a 4th judge. I hope Paula starts a new show that takes over Idol's reigning position at the top. I'll be one of the first to tune in! Go Paula!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  170. LH

    OH NO................BIG MISTAKE!!

    IDOL WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!!

    We LOVE YOU PAULA!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  171. xoxo

    I kringed whenever Simon insulted her and made a condesending remark to her.

    I kringed whenever she seemed spaced out and was falling off the chair.

    I kringed whenever she flirted with Simon, who often dissed her.

    I guess the judges table will lose 50% of its contribution to the night's entertainment.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Brenda

    She was the truly fair, kind and sweet one. The hard-nosed actions of Cowell are not welcomed.
    The show will not be the same, that's for sure!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  173. rifleman

    Thank the good Lord I can give my DVR a rest now and watch the show live. I was soooooo tired of having to fast forward through Paula's pollyanna drivel!! I think they could put a St. Bernard in there
    and it would be an improvement over Paula. Way to go AI.!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Amanda

    I will NOT watch Idol without Paula. I have watched every season. I will no longer do so. Do not like new female judge Kara Giardia or whatever her name is and CANNOT BELIEVE they would take her over Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  175. fredy b

    Finaly she is out... Maybe the will cancell this show . (Worts show in the world) maybe now we will see real orginal artist emerge in the musical world

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Goose

    Kara is STUCK ON HERSELF. She is so conceded an it shows !

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  177. jack

    IDOL has now – jumped the shark!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  178. mark

    Idol needs some eye candy and Kara just doesen't get it. She doesen't even come close to Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  179. svs

    Paula leaving isn't so much a problem for me as Kara staying. Can't stand her. I TIVO'd the entire last season and not only fast-forwarded through most of it, but even skipped many episodes entirely. Like others have commented, "if it ain't broke..."

    Well, they broke it by adding Kara, and letting Paula go certainly doesn't fix it – at least not for me.

    Too bad. I used to enjoy those two nights a week. Oh well, nothing lasts forever, right?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  180. MArk

    Paula was ridiculous, I wish I have her Meds! Please folks, she was she train wreck happening in front of your eyes somedays at least we wont have to watch her lipsync her new "material" anymore thank goodness I think she was wackjob

    August 5, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  181. CHERYL

    American Idol producers are "NUTS" for not re-signing Paula.
    No disrespect to Karen, but Paula is sooooooo much better
    at the job. And the Love/Hate relationship with Simon will be
    missed.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Bill Yi

    Its about time they got rid of her. She had the worst comments and always looked drunk. This is the most pheno minal idol news. Way to go Fox. Yohoo!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  183. James

    It's pretty sad seeing the comments that people are not going to watch Idol because Paula is gone. What is happening to our culture in America?

    August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  184. mark

    This is the beggining of the end of Idol. Just getting too big for their britches.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Sue

    Paula was the real deal .. ditziness and all.. she was never phony.

    Kara is such a phony it’s annoying just to watch her. I’ll probably watch one or two of the new season just to see how the dynamics play out, but that’s it. No Paula… no Idol

    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Lisa

    Paula you will be missed. Kara is not worth watching, she has zero personality and her comments are not worth listening to . I am done with Idol. It's to bad the contestants have to suffer because the producers are only thinking about the bottom line. I wonder who will vote this year doesn't seem to be alot of fans that will continue to watch. Bad move in my opinion.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Keep on being you Paula.

    She is one of my favorites and if there are those who are jealous well go stick your head in a fish tank. I am a female and I like Paula's style even if I am an older lady.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Joel

    I will not miss Paula. She gave platitudes rather than information that can really help. She was more often giving advice about the fashion style rather than good musical information. While she was VERY necessary in seasons 1-3 to balance out Simon, but at this point, people know what to expect from Simon. Paula, thank you for your contribution to the show and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  189. alabamagirl

    I am disappointed to see her go. Yes, sometimes it is hard to understand what she is saying (though, I have to admit, most of the time I did), but it is nice to have a judge who tries to be positive.

    ESPECIALLY, when you have someone like Simon, who, even when being positive, almost doesn't sound like it.

    It is obvious, that Paula enjoyed her job. I enjoyed seeing her get up and dance. It was nice to see someone be moved by the music the way she sometimes was.

    Now and then, Randy claps to songs, but Simon never does.

    I will miss what she brought to the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Sue

    Paula was the real deal .. ditziness and all.. she was never phone.

    Kara is such a phony it's annoying just to watch her. I'll probably watch one or two of the new season just to see how the dynamics play out, but that's it. No Paula... no Idol

    August 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Tanya

    Paula is great. Scatterbrained and silly, perhaps, but the genuine article with her warmth, enthusiasm, effervescence and unique perspective. She, and her onscreen chemistry with Simon, contributed an essential part of that certain something that turned me into an American Idol fan in the first place. I couldn't stand Kara at any point last season. She is grating, self-absorbed and, despite comments about her alleged intelligence, does not contribute any more in the way of coherent, valid or original critiques than Paula. I'm sure this is all business as usual for Fox and more power to them if they can make money out of this, but I will not be watching next season.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Shannon

    What do you mean "watching Idol without Paula"? The only way the producers will pay her what she deserves is if we DON'T watch and let them know that. The last AI was by far the best...now that Paula is out and that obnoxious Cara is in, I for one won't be watching!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Tanya, Chicago

    I guess she is fired because of the Season 7 goof-up (Paula gave feedback on Jason Castro's second song even before he sang it). Idol producers still want us to believe that the show is not scripted.

    Anyways, its a show where winners lose !!! Good luck Paula!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Dan

    American Idol will not be the same! Thank goodness!! I never had any idea what she was talking about. Kara may not be the greatest judge but she doesn't cry and make a total fool of herself.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Chelsea

    I was never a big fan of the show, but Paula was pretty much one of the main reasons I watched it. I have no desire whatsoever to continue to watch it now. They let one of the better parts of the show go. I don't care for the new female judge–whatever her name is–and think she adds absolutely nothing to the show. If I do catch the new season, good luck on making it as entertaining without Paula Abdul. They've lost one fan here.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Jimm

    Once again Fox made a big error, first Sarah Chronicles series got cancelled, now Paula Abdul leaving. What is next? Simpsons?

    August 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Brandon

    also she sat on a man like a chair in Bruno so maybe shes not so nice

    August 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  198. Brandy

    ...Then again, Paula should have been released back when she had that sexual affair with that skanky contestant years ago. Remember him? He even sang a song about the two of them together. A judge cannot have a sexual relationship w/ a contestant, that's unethical!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Jorge

    Geez, who gives a rat's A anyway. I mean really, people. Is this what we've come to?

    August 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Joan

    I am an avid supporter of American Idol, but it will not be the same. The show IS the show because of Simon, Paula, and Ryan. They cannot do without those three. The others could come and go. Just wait and see.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  201. melissa

    Idol made a big mistake. for sure..

    August 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Dale B

    ok, has anyone been readin the UK news lately? They have a constant trend lately of replacing OLDER women on popular TV shows with YOUNGER women. Lets See, who produces the show? and where did the show idea originate? The producers are from the UK, the idea originated in the UK, they are replacing Paula Abdul, an Older seasoned veteran with Kara Dioguardi a Younger model like Song writer. So, it's clear to me whats happening.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Brandon

    the only judge that the show could not recover from losing is Simon Paula Kara and Randy are all way too nice. Paula at least to me always seemed a little too happy probobly cuz she was high. watching the show i always had to laugh at the way she tried to make a judgment and went of on some hippy rant about god knows what.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  204. S.B.

    This was the most sheepish and rude way to push Paula out of the show. Leave her dangling in limbo until she had to make the move to save face. I believe the producers of the show had the events planned this way and now they don't look AS BAD as they would have by straight out telling her that she's done. And to be replaced by who?! Kara?! No one I know liked her on the show and the song she co-wrote was awful! Boycotting the show. That was an awful thing to do to Paula and I don't think I can handle Kara.... and she does not have good chemistry with the other judges because she'll get feisty in a psychotic-bitchy way. Disaster.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  205. linda

    I am so upset with the producers of Idol....I don't think that I will watch it anymore after this......I do not like Kara and think that she mimics everything that Randy and Paula say and she will never take the place of Paula to me....the show just won't be the same.....I can't believe that they would not reach a settlement with Paula to stay considering the amount of money they are paying ryan and simon...what about randy?

    August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  206. cassandra

    OMG! I can't stand Kara! I loved the chemistry Randy, Paula, and Simon had. It's not going to be the same without Paula. The annoying judge will kill it. Off with Kara and back with Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Anne

    When Paula was "on" she had a better ear than any of the rest of them.IMO,Kara is weirder than Paula ever thought of being.
    Most of my friends and I agreed that AI will fail without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  208. A. Peters

    I am not an American, however, I believed that Paula made the show balanced. I truly believe that she was like the motivator for the contestants on the show. I would truly miss her (even though she may slip on her words.....we are all human), I just wish the best for her.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  209. charlene

    I don't like Paula and I am glad she is gone. I loved Kara very honesty and up front I don't need entertainement I am watching a singing contest not personality contest.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Brandy

    I prefer Paula over Kara. Kara's critiques droned on and on. I didn't care what she had to say. I found her annoying. I don't think Simon cares for her very much either. I've watched IDOL every year but last season was the worst, namely b/c of Kara. Idol has made a mistake signing Kara over Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  211. melanie

    I am so sad to hear that Paula won't be continuing. I really wanted that other judge to leave the show – she didn't add anything. I will no longer watch Idol...it is the end of an era.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  212. kat

    THANK YOU ... for this incredible news .... I certainly will not miss her as in her appearance or her comments that never made much sense, something just was not right with that woman ... I will continue watching IDOL with even more pleasure now ..... THANK YOU !

    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Phillip

    All good things have to come to an end. I just don't think AI gets it. Rather we want to admit it or not, the majority of us tune in to watch the train wrecks unfold and Paula always made the train wrecks fun. We all know Simon is right most of the time, so what. We don't need him to tell us how aweful the singers are, we all know it when they stink. Paula keeps the show entertaining. Think of how many times the memorable moments on idol revolve around an exchange between Paula and Simon, with Ryan bringing up the rear. Half of the interplay with Simon and Ryan happen because of something Paula said that they were reacting to. Time to put it on snooze and tune in for the end of the show. Without Paula, we can see everything we need to see and hear during the recap or by reading the reviews the next day from a website.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Dot Green

    This show is going South. AI could not deliver Adam Lambert last season
    as the obvious winner – and now they are getting rid of Paula. I will not be
    watching this show again it has no creditability. Maybe if Adam appears on one of the shows as a guest – thats the only time I will tune in. Most of the time Kara would babble on about something and then look around to see if someone thought she was making sense. Poor Choice to let Paula go.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  215. I hate Kara!!!

    I won't be watching this season, I could barely get by last season listening to her. She is annoying and the final song for the idol winner was TERRIBLE!! I'm not so sure she has any song writing talent, they should have hired someone new.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  216. TJ

    I had a feeling when then introduced another judge last year that changes were coming. 4 judges just doesn't work for this format.

    Idol has been going downhill since the 3rd season. There is far too much effort put into skits and filler than actual signing and competition. With the loss of Paula, love her or hate her, the show will sadly take another turn for the worse. Paula kept you in suspense, you never knew what she was going to say or if she could say anything at all! She has personality whereas Kara simply does not.

    I only watched a few episodes last season, I doubt I'll watch any now.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  217. bentley

    What a loss. For all of Paula's whackiness, she was authentic. She was real. Kara is a poser. She's playing the roll of a real person, trying to imitate what she thinks the show wants. Tremendous loss for the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  218. bryan

    paula will be missed. so i won't be coming back either for season 9. sad to see how she has been disregarded as well as her fans. Later American Idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  219. txjane

    That's it for American Idol for me. Not gonna watch without Paula. Kara was a complete mistake who could only mimic the other judges. She has zero personality and isn't genuine either. Paula truly cared for the contestants.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Beth

    FOX network needs to pay whatever it takes to retain Paula and get rid of the other female judge. They are wasting money on her that could and should be spend on Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Shan

    My roomie said last year that this was why they were bringing on Kara. Ick. I wish they could have picked someone who didn't over say everything she thinks is important. It's like... some kind of puppet face when she's really into what she's saying.

    Ah well. Idol is a waste of time anyway. It was cool at first, but it's kind of.. outdated now. It's like wearing high wasted pants or something.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Paul

    no more idol without Paula

    August 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  223. PCMom

    Should be an interesting dynamic this next season...although I am probably done with this show. Watched faithfully for 8 seasons, but with the voting fiasco, having the BEST contestant EVER (that being HRH Adam Lambert) not win, and childish antics by the judges that many times verged on disrespectful, I don't see how the show will continue to be watchable, JMHO.

    I truly wish Kara all the best, along with the other judges...this is most likely their last season on air anyway.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  224. jane

    Who cares if Paula is gone? I guess she thinks it would be better to not a have job this season than to be earning at a level we would all die for. Let's see what new addiction she can develop in all her spare time. Sure, I hate to see her go just like the rest of you. But she should not cut off her nose to spite her face.

    Come on Paula! American Idol has been good for your career. Now do somethng to give back!

    Maybe changing agents wasn't in your best interest. Let's see what he negotiates for you next! Or maybe we won't see you at all anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Peggy

    I think that if Ryan Seacrest hadn't been given such a huge increase in salary, Paula wouldn't have a problem with the amount of money she is receiving per show. Ryan is the MC but Paula is a judge. Personally, I have never cared that much for Seacrest. I think that Nick Cannon would be a much better MC for AI. Paula's salary consideration should, at least, be in line with Ryan's. When you think about AI, you automatically think about Randy, Paula and Simon. Paula "haters" don't want to hear this, but she was the one who seemed to care the most about the contestant's feelings. Talented or not, they all had a dream and she tried to let-them-down-easy without crushing their feelings. Kara is a pretty lady, but charismatic she is not! I don't see where she brings that much to the show. Simon and Paula "played" off each other's comments and personalities and brought energy (sometimes good, sometimes bad!) and the unexpected to the mix. Personally, I'll miss Paula very much. If Fox is smart, they'll try to rectify, what I think, is a huge lapse of good judgement. "If is ain't broke, don't fix it!" Don't mess with a winning formula!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Linda

    Paula is leaving? Good riddance! She is goofy, ditsy and acts like she is inebriated most of the time. She is also very unprofessional.
    All that banter with Simon.........I can do without. This will give the show a much more professional feel and I think Kara has done a very good job. I will still be watching and enjoying Idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Tony M.

    Get rid of Kara, keep Paula!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Roger in Seattle

    We ALWAYS fast forwarded through Paula's meaningless comments. This move will save me the time of skipping her comments. She may be a nice person but was a worthless Idol judge.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Kathy

    It will not be the same without Paula. You could count on her not to say really nasty things to the contestants and also I liked the arguing between her and Simon, you could count on her to put him his place. It will not be the same anymore. She was first and deserves to be paid what she wanted. I just do not understand why Ryan gets more money than she does. He is not a Judge. Shame on them..Will miss u Paula and Good Look. I am sure we will be seeing you may be on your own show.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Rawhide

    American Idol is comprised of 3 main components:
    1) The contestants. 2) Simon Cowell. 3) Ryan Seacrest. The rest is window dressing, time filler, and whatever makes 1, 2, and 3 look better. Idol viewership will probably shrink a little again this season, as alternative forms of entertainment gain an ever increasing foothold of the general public's free time. It will not shrink because of a lack of Paula, despite the knee jerk reactions from many of you posters.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Garratt

    Who cares?! Get a life!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Kevin C

    I hope Paula and her new manager have a Plan B.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Deborah Israel

    I think it's a shame, we knew something was up when they brought they other female in, we want Paula back. I will not watch the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Lanette

    I hope her decision wasn't solely based on monetary reasons. If you truly love what you are doing money would not matter. Idol renewed Paula Abdul's career. Let's face it Simon Cowell is the show. Without him Idol would haven't existed this long. They don't need to replace her. Stick with the three judges. I will continue to watch the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Richie

    Kara's valuable assessment???

    Somebody HAS to be living in their own little world to think that once the actual show starts rolling that the judges have an impact. Once they start eliminating constestants, it's simply a popularity contest. There are some good ears in America and I wished that the winning contestant won based solely on talent. However, with a lot of teens voting for their contestant of choice, I don't see very much indication of the best talent winning every time. If kids don't see someone who makes an impression on them–as kids–they won't vote. There's where the more mature voters get their votes heard and the REAL talent can shine.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  236. LINDA

    i can't believe that are going to let Paula go. Are they crazy!! I loved Paula, as most of us do. Don't even tell me we have to have Kara instead of Paula, because they will be losing my family. We can't stand Kara. Kara is ugh!!! annoying!!! Yucky!!! NO NO NO! I wont be watching if Paula is gone and Kara is on. Good luck to YOU American Idol after losing Paula Abdul and gaining Kara. I dont think the show will last too long after this.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Glo c

    Won't be watching any more – too bad.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Reilly

    GOOD BYE IDOL!
    No Paula, no fun, no interest.
    The new Barbie doll is not appealing.
    Looking forward to watching something new!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Jennifer Harry

    I echo the sentiments of many others: I won't be watching in the future. Whether the producers were aware or not, Paula was part of the secret recipe. She was entertaining, zany, unpredictable, lovable and the perfect counterpoint to Simon. Kara is no replacement. She is not endearing. She is not consistent. Mostly I get a negative vibe from her I don't like. The details of the failure of negotiations are in the media now and you can't help but feel that Paul was extremely disrespected. Kara may be cheaper, but she will cheapen the show and lose advertising–because let's be frank: we are all in it for Paula and Simon i.e., what will she say next.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Suzanne

    It will never be the same. AI producers, if you're listening, do whatever it takes to get Paula back.....Please!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Anne

    I will not watch the show and have watched every episode since the show began. If they can afford to pay Ryan 45 million for 3 years then they can pay a female the same amount. She was cute, sweet, positive, and caring. This show just shot itself right in the foot.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Laverne

    Say what you want to about Paula, she is loopy or whatever, but she added something to the show that Kara can't replace. I will miss Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Lawgoddess

    Why does anyone care?

    August 5, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Mike

    I like Paula. She's cutesy and acted as the perfect foil to Cowell's barbs.

    This is just the beginning of big changes for Idol. I don't see Simon renewing his contract next year.

    With Simon and Paula gone, the show will probably dwindle away to nothing. Sad, but everything has it's lifespan.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Melissa_RN

    THANK-YOU GOD!! I've thought for years she was just an idiot, very sweet, but a bumbling fool! I have been a fan of the show for years and her steady "decline" has been very obvious. At least Kara has a little brains about her and can complete a full sentence. BRAVO!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  246. margery billings

    I really will miss paula.. i like Kara, but will miss Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  247. MisterChill

    this show has come and gone. didn't even watch it last year, except of course for the tryouts!

    Paula gone? why even watch? at least she entertained us in her hazed out weirdness...and blubbering sentimentality.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Jeanette

    Seriously, turn of the boob tube and read a book.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Mike

    She's probably better off anyway. How much life does this horse really have left in it? 90% of the contestants are now professionals who have had records out and/or toured. The "themes" are boring, the commentary is predictable, and most of the time the resort to talking about what the contestants are wearing.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  250. GSB

    Once again ego and greed have won out the day. $10 Million per season not enough to travel aroung the country, make appearances at screenings / photo ops and judge a talent contest? Give me $5M a year and i'll don a dress and wig, take painkillers and act stupid!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Yvonne

    Thank goodness! Most of what she rattled on about did not make sense. I think she just liked to hear herself talk...even if whatever she was talking about made no sense at all. See ya!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Susan

    Paula's contract dispute reminds me of Suzanne Somers in Three's Company. The women are simply devalued. Somehow, the producers of AI think that they can simply exchange one women for another. Kara does not have the history that Paula has. Paula was as necessary as Randy Jackson, who did as much (little) as Paula.
    I think AI will go the way of Three's Company. It will have lost it's magic and winning conbination of characters. I hated last season with Kara and will not watch it this year without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Jeff

    Who cares!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Dana Bear

    How ridiculous to let her slip away. Kara added nothing new to the show and some of her comments were worse than Paula on her worst day. Paula did not get where she was for being stupid, she was pop star in her time, a great dancer, and has been in the realm of stardom for many years. Kara would be much better behind the scenes with the team guiding the contestants to decent song choice and performance advice. It is a sad day to see Paula gone. The chemistry will not be the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  255. SeeligP

    Well we won't have to hear about how wonderful everyone looks when they sing their song. I am not sure she added much else to the show beyond that. Personally, I would lhave like to see BOTH her and Kara go.

    There won't be any change in ratings there is nothing else on TV that can hold a candle to AI.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  256. connie

    i will never watch this without paula. goodbye american idol forever!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  257. JacklynD

    I am disappointed. If Paula was forced to leave because Simon Fuller wouldn't treat her fairly, then shame on American Idol. Paula helped distinguish the show. Last year was exciting because of Adam Lambert and despite a 4th judge.

    Kara can't replace Paula and her personality has no particular sparkle and adding more edge to the show is counter productive.

    Count me out this year.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  258. catherine howard

    Paula will be missed...not sure i will be watching all the time now!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Cosmod250

    She was a total detriment to the show with her nonsencical ramblings, she appeard drunk or drugged to me and I think the show will be much better and even has a chance of finishing on time now.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  260. joyce

    will not be the same show, paula has been a fixture on the show, old habits die hard....will still watch, but will miss paula

    August 5, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Veronica Richardson

    I will not watch anymore. I liked the relationship with her, Randy and Simon. I do not like Kara, she is annoying.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  262. jill

    who else are we going to make fun of? the show definitely will lose ratings. the producers made a mistake. i know i won't be watching anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Alex

    Sadly, the show will continue without Paula. I won't watch it anymore.
    It is the beginnin of the end for A.I. It has to a end like any other show or program on television.

    Paula – hope you move on to other successful venues. A.I. is running out of steam anyway.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Jennifer

    Hopefully the show will have integrity with her off of it.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Ken

    Sorry to see her go,however there were too many years of her tipspy
    comments and "not all there" behavior. The addition of Kara by the producers last year was as if to say "Paula you can be replaced if you don't shape up". She didn't and she's replaced.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Patrick

    She's whack but fun to watch for the sheer bafflement and hilarity of some of her comments. She's one of the reasons to watch the show. Too bad, so sad! She doesn't need the money anyway.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  267. nan

    Dark day for American Idol. Hope Paul reconsiders and realize how she will be missed.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Lori is horrified

    Paula is the best judge, second to Simon. Her quirkiness and warmth/kindness is tantamount to all that is 'good' in this show. And to keep Cara? What are they thinking????

    August 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  269. AO

    Let's be honest. She's annoying, phony and a whack job. Good riddance.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Courtney Paschal

    As a fan of Idol, but not so much of Paula Abdul, I can say this – American Idol is beginning to crack and show its age. Once actors, hosts, etc., start getting fired, replaced and so on, it signals the end. I love American Idol and have watched all but one season (the season Jordin Sparks won), but losing Paula is losing an integral part of the show, despite her sometimes incoherent and nonsensical babbling and phrasing. Bringing Kara into the mix last season confised me, but now this absolutely baffles me. Not working with Paula to get her back on Idol is probably a bad move.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  271. NHRon

    If you all really watched American Idol just to hear the Paula's pearls of wisdom each week, then you missed the whole point of the show.

    I would bet money that most of the people who "will never watch again" will be sitting on their couches cheering on contestants whether Paula is there or not....

    August 5, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Rosemary

    If she has to be replaced... ok – but NOT with Kara.
    Why??!! Can't tell you how many eyerolls and bored frowns came across our faces while Kara critiqued...

    BRING PAULA BACK!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Jacey

    Please bring Paula back – if anyone has to go let it be Kara. Do not think we will forget about Paula and become accustomed to Kara. Not going to happen. Why is Paula not considered avital part of this show? Kara is so not well liked!!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  274. RR...

    That's fine...after Adam Lambert we are not watching the show anyway
    No one can top him....
    She predicted in top 13, (Michael Jackson week) that Adam Lambert was going to be in the finals...and guess what, she was right !!!!...
    On Adam's final performance, she stated, "Don't know what's going to happen with this Idol journey, but you're goint to be Iconic, yes you are".....
    By the looks of Idol Tour all over the country, "She's right again" !!!...
    Put her down all you want, she's great and know exactly whats she's talking about ...
    The show will see a drastic drop on ratings...two reasons...
    1.- no one can match Adam Lambert...
    2.- Simon will not have anyone to flirt, kidd, make fun of anymore
    Good luck to all of you loyal American idols fan...

    August 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  275. MR. h.

    This has-been never had a talent...good riddance.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Elizabeth

    hahahaha.

    I sincerely hope people boycott American Idol. Although it is a little hard to feel sorry for Paula when they were offering her heaps of money, I have to respect someone who didn't let people tell her she had any less worth than the other judges.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  277. michele

    I was hoping they would get rid of Kara, she is really annoying. That song she wrote was pathetic.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Dave in NC

    Yup, I'm done with Idol after this as well... Paula was an integral part of the show... Kara (no offense) has none of the charisma and charm that Paula brought to the show each and every week.

    Wise up AI, while you still have some percentage of your viewers left.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Lyndon

    The only indespensble judge is Simon. I like Paula's sweetness but her critiques were becoming worthless. The only opinion that counts, and everybody knows it, is Simon's. Actually, after the shock has set in, I am looking forward to the next season.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  280. MJ

    don't let the door hit you on the way out....good riddance!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Bob Roitblat

    Paula Abdul added nothing of substance to the show. She loved everyone and could not offer any constructive advice. The love-fest is over. Move on.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Kevin

    Idol needed another female from the 80's music scene to replace Abdul, such as Debbie Gibson. She would be cool, since she has tremendous talent and is already mentoring today's youth, with her "Electric Youth" workshop in California. I don't think Kara will be recogonizable, or controversial enough to keep everyone's interest in the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Wayne

    The show is not about Paula, it is about talanted singing, the show must go on.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Pam

    Even though I can see the show live, last year I started taping it so I could fast forward thru Kara. She brought nothing to the show and now that Paula is gone, if I watch the show again, I will still fast forward thru Kara...big mistake Idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Marilyn

    Well there goes the show. It won't be the same without Paula

    August 5, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  286. belinda

    i said it this morning and i will say it again

    i can NOT stand Kara.

    Bring Paula back. If you have to get rid of Paula – then you best get rid of Kara, too. Her voice and hyper mannerisms grated on my nerves. i will not watch American Idol next year if Kara is there and Paula is not.

    To credit Kara with spotting Adam at the beginning of the season is the most hysterical thing i have ever heard. i have one question – who did NOT spot Adam at the beginning of the season. What a crock!

    August 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  287. GentleCritic

    Paula who???? And why is this considered a newsworthy item?

    August 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Lori

    Paula walks to a different drummer and she was a big draw to the show. I think Fox just shot itself in the foot. Kara is OK – but the dynamic between Paula and Simon can never be repalced.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  289. robin

    Replace Simon with Kathy Griffin and get some "sensitive" man in Paula's place. You'll have your chick and your emo. It needs new blood, seriously.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Katherine

    Paula may be "nice", but she was a horrible judge. It isn't family, it's entertainment and business. She added no value to the show whatsoever. It was sometimes so painful to listen to her that intelligent, well-spoken women all over the world had to hit the mute button. How well Kara will do going forward remains to be seen, but at least she does not come off as a total idiot. Paula is a talented choreographer. She should stick with what she has a gift for, which is not analytical thought or coherent unscripted public speaking.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Suzanne

    obviously last year was a 'transition' year by brining in Kara and Fox had this planned all along. You don't mess with success and Fox just became a victim of their own success. let's not go down the list of shows that changed their recipe only to diminish their own relevance. And let's start paying women equal pay for equal work. Simon's relevance just went down too. Nice work Fox.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Voiceof Reason

    Can someone please tell me why these idiots can Overpay Ryan Seacrest ( who does nothing special) and cannot pay Paula Abdul who has more talent and brings more to that show that Seacrest ever will?

    Someone, anyone!! I will never watch again

    August 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Tess

    Having watched every episode of Idol for the last 8 years, I feel the producers are making a huge error. Ratings are already down. I do not like Kara at all and, for me, she brings nothing to the show. I find her dull, bland and as phony as they come. I'm now thinking what previously would have been unimaginable...that I doubt I will continue to follow the show without Paula. I'm actually surprised by how sad I feel.

    August 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  294. jennifer Miller

    I am so glad she is gone, the last season Paula was an embarrasment to the show, she either was drunk or on drugs, or both, is was hart to understand what was she saying, welll, actually, was was the same the previous seasons. I AM SO GLAD PAULA IS LEAVING AMERICAN IDOL, hope they bring some one who is fresh, animated , and is not on drugs. bye Paula, get Help girl.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  295. JEFF

    This thing was planned all along by the producer/owner of the show, he brought in kara last season for a reason????
    DID THEY REALLY NEED A 4TH JUDGE? it was effecting the air time that each judge had to critique each contestant and then they act nonchalant like they want her back but they didnt want to pay her what she was worth,(a fair salary) ryan deserves his paycheck and paula deserved her raise, come on people the american idol franchise is worth several billion dollars on a bad day...
    The show WILL NOT BE THE SAME, I THINK THE PRODUCERS should reconsider and SQUARE THIS thing up and have paula fly to the auditions tomorrow...... anyone else agree..... BEARTRAP037@HOTMAIL.COM

    August 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  296. k

    Kara sucks, bring back Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  297. george

    I believe it is very unfair for AMerican Idol to exclude Paula that was a major contributor to make Idol what is today. The downhill of the show has begun! I will no longer be watching as I have been doing faithfully since day 1.
    Good bye!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Carmen

    "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Think you are making a big mistake letting her go. I love to watch Paula and Simon together-great stuff. And really thought she made thoughtful comments. Liked her spunk! TOo bad. Hope you can mange a little more oney for her and keep it the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Martha

    I will not be watching American Idol anymore. Paula was the most compassionate judge to these young talents. She made the show interesting arguing with Simon who can be very cruel. I wish her the best .

    August 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  300. kelly

    You all will still watch.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Leslee

    I wont watch it anymore.....

    August 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  302. JJ From AZ

    Just as Happy Days ending being popular with the Jumping the Shark episode, American Idol without Paula will be doomed.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Debbie

    Kara sucks!!! Bring back PAULA. I will no longer watch AI unless they bring Paula back. She brings so much more than what Kara ever will. My friends and family have also said they will no longer watch AI. Producers have really blown this one.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  304. cindy

    It is about time.....Her rambling was a nuisance at best....love Kara, she is a beautiful, intelligent woman, Paula just made women look stupid...

    August 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  305. T Maine

    I cant believe Paula is leaving. Get rid of Kara and pay Paula her salary. Nobody cares for kara anyway. The show will go down in ratings if Paula is not back...

    August 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Sad-About-Paula

    Will definitely miss Paula. Will "probably" watch, but not if Kara goes on here five-minute soliloquies... Paula was a breath of fresh air. She added neon to a muted pastel set of judges. Randy never says anything useful for me. For me, for him – I mean – for me, I like Randy, but for me for him I wish he would "say" more.

    I love Simon, too, and would definitely not watch if he weren't on the show. Though, you can be about 95% sure he's going to say something critical when he opens his mouth.

    Kara... she has good intentions, but she needs to be more concise.

    Paula – I knew her language. When she said, "You look nice tonight" – that meant – "Your song was terrible, and I know you know it, so I'm not even going to bother kicking you while you're down."

    Paula > Kara. Big mistake, Fox and AI.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Tammy

    It's too bad that Paula's leaving American Idol but if she's leaving because she feels she's not making enough money, then so be it. I'm so tired of hearing celebrities cry because they feel so unappreciated because they're only making 10 million dollars instead of 15 million dollars a year or more. None of them are worth this kind of money. They should all be ashamed of themselves. It's time that these celebrities start counting their blessings instead of their money.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Lisa Armstrong

    I can't believe Paula's not returning!! Why not take some of Ryan's money and give her a raise! I won't watch with out her!!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Carol

    I am horrified we are losing Paula and are left with DioGuardi. I didn't like her from the very beginning. As far as I am concerned, this is the beginning of the end for American Idol. Once they change what made it a success, it will never be the same. I liked Paula and liked the interaction she had with the other judges and the singers ... Did not like the long winded comments from DioGuardi.

    So sad.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Kathy Tucker

    I think this is the wrong move Paula was the perfect mix for the group

    August 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  311. jeffo leano

    Big Mistake by the producers here. i don't think I'll be tuning in without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Jeannie

    Paula is a must for this show. This past year she was dynamic! Her comments and behavior were first class!

    Kara brings nothing to this show. I find her boring and simple! She thinks she knows something, but usually is way off target. She was extremely disrespectful to Simon. I'm surprised she wasn't bumped off this show earlier.

    Please, please bring Paula back. She was the gel and a great go-between for Simon and Randy.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Allan

    Let's be honest. Paula was scared to do what she should have been doing – judging! Being a judge requires that you critique.
    Yes, I too will miss Paula's cooky interactions with Simon. I may even miss watching the occassional endless, confusing solilique that she is best known for. In moderation, it made for entertaining TV.
    But let's face it – she did that all too often. What she didn't do was tell contestants they didn't have talent when they clearly didn't.
    You can't take Paula's comments seriously. How can you be a judge when all you do is dance around the fact that the person auditioning in front of you can't sing worth a damn by commenting on wardrope and how cute the contestant is.
    Sorry Paula. Great person. Great entertainer. Great choreographer. But not a good judge.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Bill Gibson

    I figured as much that she would leave IDOL. I seen her this past few days on QVC selling her costume jewelry. To be honest I think the judges are all over paid especially Simon. I'm a fan of the show but we can tolerate judges getting millons and our solders, airman and sailors get poverty level salaries and they risk or give their lives for us everyday. Something is wrong with that picture.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Helen

    Well if Paula won't be back, I won't either. Simple as that. I am very sad.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Tia Johnson

    I have dislike Kara and her ego-maniacal self-oriented non-sensical and just plain meaningless remarks from the first time I saw her. I tape the shows and watch them back and I ALWAYS fast forward through her remarks. Now that Paula is gone, I will NOT watch the show at all. With her departure, the contestants and viewers alike lose the voice of a knowledgeable music industry professional, and the show will be the sorrier for it.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Cole

    Indeed, IDOL won't be the same without Paula.....it will be better!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Betty Wooten

    If that other woman is still on Idol I will NOT be watching. It will be a first for me, as I have been a fan since the begining. Come back Paula... Please

    August 5, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  319. PJ

    I for one never watched many episodes, but will watch more now that Paula is gone. She is so full of herself. She did not make the show. She is a ditz and for her to think she deserves more money for what she does? Come on people. She is more like Amy Winehouse than any thing else. Try re-hab dear. Good luck Kara you have real talent.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  320. JAY PEIRCE

    PAULA IS MY FAVORITE THERE. THE SHOW STARTED TO GO DOWN HILL ONCE THEY HIRED KARA. TOO MUCH DRAMA. WHY DON'T YOU FIRE KARA AND GIVE HER MONEY TO PAULA SO SHE CAN STAY. EVEN IF PAULA WAS GOING TO STAY THEY SHOULD STILL GET RID OF KARA

    August 5, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Josh

    I love American Idol, I've watched every season....however, failing to keep Paula gives me serious thoughts of boycotting the show this year. Paula is an important counter to Simon's cold heartedness and will in my opinion change the soul of the show for the worse.
    While Simon, Randy and Kara are all good judges.....Paula is like family. You just don't mess with family !!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Luke

    If Paula's not coming back in season nine, then I'm over it too. IDOL has run its course. It's time for something new and more innovative. I could not get into season eight anyway. Good luck to Paula, my fav, and to the rest too!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  323. al

    What happen to loyality? I think this is a mistake on the producers part and I will miss her....

    August 5, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  324. me

    Oh no! Yuck...please tell me Kara is gone too. Kara is really annoying, enough that I can't stand to watch her (and maybe the show)!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Ian

    It is a sad day indeed. Although Paula could be very challlenging at times in trying to determine where she was coming from, she certainly added a great deal of "feeling good" to the show. After all, Randy is Randy, which is good and Simon is, well we will leave it at that, yet he is a master towards talent recognition. There is no way Kara will be able to come close to filling Paula's shoes. She may be a good song writer, but she is about as personable as a shoe.

    Perhaps Simon and Ryan can give up part of their salary to keep Paula on board, because without her I am sure ratings will drop, sponsors will feel the pinch and before you know it the quality of the program will go down the flusher.

    Good luck paula, we will miss you.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Rappy

    I am not sure American Idol will last without Paula... I know my family won't be watching it anymore... We didn't like Kara at all – there is no way she can replace Paula... It was a great run while it lasted but the show definitely changed for the worst this last season with the addition of Kara. So, I am not expecting much without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Brian

    Idol just lost a devoted fan....they're idiots!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Edna

    There wasn't enough room at the table for Kara AND her ego. Someone had to go. Very sorry it was Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Doris Gardner

    hOW COULD THIS HAPPEN–IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME- MIGHT AS WELL CANCEL THE PROGRAM. mY FRIENDS AND i ARE DEVESTATED

    August 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Toni Labrum

    Simon Cowell has not gone to bat for Paula Abdul. Very sad! It will be his loss in the end. The new gal is pretty but very robotic and not natural. It is very nausiating to hear the cost of Simon's car and luxurious lifestyle and he won't share it a bit??? It's too bad Randy isn't protesting. Such arrogance on Simon Cowell. Our family won't be supporting Simon and his ego. Paul Abdul brought balance to the show and made it real. GOOD LUCK PAULA, YOUR GREAT!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  331. lisa

    I will miss paula! i think they should of paid her the money they are paying ryan. why would they pay ryan that much he sucks! good luck paula and god bless.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  332. farshid

    To American Idol producers.....BIG BIG MISTAKE! Show's gonna be a big bore without paula!!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  333. FAbrione

    Does this mean there's a new job opening? Where can I apply LOL!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  334. malori

    I'M NOT A HUGE AMERICAN IDOL FAN BUT I DO BELIEVE THAT PAULA HELPED MAKE THE SHOW WHAT IT WAS.
    I DONT THINK IT WAS FAIR THAT THEY OFFER SIMON OVER 40 MILLION AND OFFER PAULA 10, SO I DONT BLAME HER FOR LEAVING, I WOULD HAVE TOO.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  335. rbattle1

    WHO CARES?

    August 5, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Drew

    Give Paula another FOX show so I can ignore that one too.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Kent

    My wife and I both could not be happier that Paula is gone. Anyone who will "miss" Paula is clearly as mentally challenged as she is. Kara is articulate and smart and sassy and all the right things a female judge needs to be. I know my wife was just ashamed week after week that Paula was representing the female point of view on Idol. You can add us to the "thank god for TIVO" group. Simon is almost always spot on in his analysis, Randy is the gentle giant and Kara is perfect in the middle. At least when she talks I don' t feel like I'm wasting minutes of my life listening. Paula was "cute" and "endearing" the first couple of seasons...but her act wore thin years ago. To be honest all we care to watch is the performances and to hear what Simon has to say.

    August 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Joan

    Without Paula American Idol will see a huge drop in the number of viewers. She has been a huge part of the show since it began. The only two judges worth listening to have been Paula and Simon. Kara has been a huge flop! She seems more interested in her hair and makeup than the contestants. To keep Kara and lose Paula is a huge mistake...and American Idol will have evidence of that mistake when it airs this winter!

    American Idol: Make Paula an offer she won't refuse.....or your viewers will hit you where it hurts! Your ratings!

    August 5, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Sheena

    I will miss Paula. The show will not be the same without her. Paula's response balanced Simon's outrageously hurtful comments! There's something better for Paula round the corner. She'll be auright!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Lrod

    I think that sucks!.
    The show has steadily been going downhill anyways...now it's gone over the cliff.
    I will not be watching anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Joy

    best news I've heard in a long time....

    August 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Lynn

    Paula was one of the main reasons I watch AI. I won't be looking forward to this season without Paula. I think the ratings will go wayyyy down. Karen is ok but Paula is the heart on the judges panel. I'm pretty sure I won't watch AI this season. They coulda,woulda,shoulda made a deal with Paula. Losing Paula is the beginning of the end for American Idol, what a shame.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  343. KaraNOT!

    AI will finally be over. Kara instead of Paula? Get a grip, producers!

    Kara is not likeable. While Paula is....eccentric....at least she's sweet and likeable!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  344. idolcritic

    People will get over it and the show will go on. It's really the contestants who should matter the most and last season is a tough act to follow. Paula had her moments, not all good, and no one has given Kara a chance. I am more upset about Ryan Seacrest's raise in salary – I can't stand the guy and he doesn't deserve a penny more than he was already making. Most importantly, I haven't heard anything about a change in the voting rules – unless they make that a priority I won't be tuning in – Paula or no Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  345. wendy

    Kara is a crappy one. Off her! AI has been terrible the last 2 seasons. Its time to let the dead dog lay.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  346. jk

    Thank you for leaving, lay off the meds Paula

    August 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Major Nelson

    For pete's sake people. Paula leaving will have no effect on who watches and who says what. The show is about the contestants, lest we forget. We will still sit through whatever they say then watch to see who the 14 year old kids moved forward this week. Regardless of what is said during the show, the singers are teh show. Paula and the other judges are a time distraction so they don't have to sing for two hours at a time.

    Seriously, do you think Simon, Paula and Randy actually add something beyond entertainment value to the show. You can plug in a laughing pig and a Simpson's character to delay the next set and have Casey Casem as a guest host, it would not matter. We would still watch. We would still vote. And the singers will still win or lose our hearts each week. Good riddance to the latest has-been judging somethign trivial to become "famous" once again.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Andrew

    If it isn't broken, don't fix it. The producers are making a mistake. All good things come to an end....the official demise of American Idol has begun.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  349. William

    I believe that Paula Abdul's departure from the show is the beginning to the end of 'American Idol.' Simon Cowell will probably follow in the not to distant future as evident by some of the AP's recent coverage and news surrounding his contractual future with the show. The show has had a great run and continues to do well in the polls. However, the most recent winners of 'Idol' of the past few years have not received the fan base nor popularity of past winners. The decline of the reality phenomenon is inevitable. 'Idol' is at the point of where the judges are over-shadowing the talent of the contestants and the show itself. If Adam Lambert had won last season's show, my previous comments regarding the success of the winners may have been irrelevant. But back to Paula. She will be sorely missed and in a couple of years, so will the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Grace Gold

    I won't watch the show without Paula. American Idol has secured its decline and eventual canellation

    August 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Jiefen

    Paula and Simon are the reason why Idol is unique and successful.
    Kara is annoying! I hate the way she talks, always zip through her comments.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Sa5m

    BOO HOO.... People r dyin' but all were worried bout' is Paula Abdul not coming bac....Simon makin' this and that... and he's selfish....BS.....there r more important stuff happening than this..

    August 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  353. BC

    You're right it won't be the same – it will be a heck of a lot better! She really should never have been a judge in the first place. She does not understand how to intelligently critique someone and was always out of her league at the judges table. And of course it showed in a huge way every time we would all watch. She's a kind, bubbly person but that is not what is needed for judging. They should have hired her back as a reporter that roams around and talks to contestants and consoles them when they lose. People would like that and Ryan is not as good at that part. I think they should bring Olivia Newton John back as a judge PERMANENTLY.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Diana

    The show will not be the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Ann Ouderkirk

    I love Paula on American Idol.
    She must stay on the show! I can't stand Kara! Get rid of her
    and go back to the original format of Randy, Paula and Simon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Paula don't leave!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Randy

    Excellent news! Now if So You Think You Can Dance would just drop Mary Murphy and Dancing With the Stars would drop Carrie Ann Inaba, the world would be just right......

    August 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Danny

    Kara is a terrible judge. I hated her. Bring Paula back!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Suzi

    My whole family... will not be watching the show this year... We are not fond of the Kara D.... she didn't have the chemistry for the show...
    Amoungst talking with my co-workers... they all feel the same. It is a shame... but, it won't be as great as it was. It was nice while it lasted... Good luck.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Cathy

    Watch Out Idol. There is just "something" about Kara that's not likable. She may be a nice gal in real life, but when she's on camera something is not right. That "something" could turn off viewers.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Mel

    Good Bye American Idol...it was a good run. But now that Paula is gone so am I. I dont care for Kara and never will.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  361. T. G.

    I feel sad that Paula isn't coming back to the show. Simon must really be missing his girl.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Teresa

    I couldn't be happier to hear that Paula is no longer on American Idol. Like others have mentioned I would always fast forward through her inane comments. I thought Kara was much better. I wish Paula good luck in whatever she does next.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  363. austin

    With the addition of Kara on last seasons Idol and now Idols refusal to negotiate in good faith a new contract with Paula I believe the fix has been in for sometime. I will no longer support this show...it will not be the same without Paula...the smugness of the other judges would make it unbearable.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Joan

    Paula and Simon ARE American Idol. It won't be the same. I am very disappointed and won't be watching the show as before. Sorry, but I never liked Kara. She's not anything close to Paula except that they're both female. If one were a "cynic", one could say this was all planned out when they brought her on board. Paula got a raw deal. Shame on all involved. What comes around goes around.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Pita

    This show will not be the same without Paula, her niceness to the all the contestants and her over all view is great. Kara seems to know about music but she sure is not like Paula, Kara has a "I know it all
    attitude". The show does not need 2 Simons!! Paula will really be missed.
    Luv Ya PAULA

    August 5, 2009 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Vanessa

    There's no point for this show if PAULA ain't there. and the shows greediness won't get them no where. I will not stand for this and refuse to watch this show and same with my friends. PSH, Well watch something else.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Debra

    I am one of Paula's long time fans and i watched American Idol because of Paul not because of Randy or Simon in fact i had never heard ot these two before Idol and had not know who Kara was either. Everyone knows Paula "she is forever everyone's girl". I will not watch American Idol anymore as it is it is a show that is boring at tiems, and Paula was the huge entertainment of the show, she never needed to make a "comback" because she never "left", she has always had a place in her true fans hearts. Paula "rocks" even with her silly sometimes out of the park remarks and behavior, she still "rocks" this is what added the juice to an otherwise silly show, sure American Idol is finding talents in all crevices of American where otherwise they would remain unknown's, but we need entertainment in an otherwise boring show such as American Idol, and the remaining 3 Kara, Randy, & Simon or whats his name the MC? sucks he received 45 million and i can't even remember his name. Neither of those 4 are household names, Paula on the other hand is a household name. I am another fan who will NOT watch american Idol. Good luck Paula in what ever else you do after American Idol

    August 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Karyn

    I will not be watching the show. I can't stand Randy and Simon by themselves. I thing they should have let Randy go. I don't like Kara. I love Simon, but I think that he got this all wrong. They will see that their fan base will not be the same without those who helped to "make" the show. The way that Randy and Simon judge is sometimes ridiculous. I think American Idol has lost it's zing!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  369. sdchargers2000

    I was afraid that when Kara came onto the show, Paula would be leaving. What a bum deal, because Paula is a huge part of the show's success. The chemistry was right with her, Simon, and Randy...why did they go and change it? There was no good reason to add Kara in the first place.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Nancy

    I had a feeling that Kara was going to be Paula's replacement. I honestly don't think she can do it. She did not have the charisma, kindness and quirkiness of Paula. Paula could be annoying at times, yes, but she was kind and made the show what it is (was). I think AI is making a big mistake.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Jane

    Idol will not be the same without Paula. We get used to someone and it gets changed. Such is life!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Betty Marinoni

    KEEP PAULA...DUMP KARA!!! Yes, she's over-the-top but that's what entertainment is all about. I never knew what was going to come out of her mouth and that's what made it so watchable. She and Simon bring a lot of spunk to the show. Kara was a mistake from the get-go.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Trania

    This is the best news!!!!
    Paula was the downfall of the judging.
    Always looking drunk and glassy eyed.
    She really didn't add anything to the show.
    I would always fast forward her comments because they were so painful to listen too!
    A happy day for all!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Grace

    By dropping Paula, I wont' be watching AI again. Kara is awful and Randy is loud and obnoxious.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  375. Christine

    The combination of Simon, Paula and Randy is what makes the show a success!!! Its a shame Paula will not be back. Lets see how this will play out for the show's ratings.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  376. LED

    And to all you people who say you won't be watching? You'll BE WATCHING-you're lemmings-and like most people, what you think and feel today won't matter in six months once the show is back on the air.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  377. Betty Marinoni

    This is one time that the "Idol" big wigs have really messed up. Yes, she may be zany but she adds spark to the show. I have been hoping that Kara would not be back because she truly doesn't add anything to the show. She most often echos whatever Randy says. Paula and Simon are a part of the entertainment on the show. If they loose Simon...it over. Bring Paula back!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  378. betty

    life goes on with or without her, She will leave one day, better now than later, this is her best time to leave. the show will be continue on

    August 5, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Barbara

    Big mistake – Huge – I'm not watching anymore because Paula made that show what it is and that other female can't live up to what Paula does.

    August 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Jackie - Pasadena, MD

    She was great on the show. She made you smile. If everyone stops watching it and the ratings fall then they will rush to get her back helping her. We will miss her nd you all know it. Kara was nothing compared to Paula!!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Deb

    Change is always good.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Tina

    Let's keep this in perspective and realize that AI is not a serious singing competition. With that in mind, it's easy to see why people would criticize Kara for being "too serious". God forbid the contestants should get some advice that they could actually use! This does not make for entertaining TV for our dumbed-down society.

    Kara actually makes the show moderately watchable for me. However, after the most recent season with its ridiculous results (nice guy, Kris but better than Adam? I don't think so), its clear to see what strata of our society dominates the viewing audience and it makes sense that they would miss Paula Abdul. I think I'll boycott the show for lack of overall quality and go seek some local talent.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Mimi

    All 3 original judges play an integral part on AI. And yes it sometimes was a train wreck but all 3 are equally important and should all be making the same amount ... why is it that Paula was offered so much less than the others and even less that Ryan?

    Kara is def. not a good replacement either as she played the favorites card every week and not full of personality like Randy Simon and Paula.

    Oh yeah and the only reason why I had originally tuned in to Season 1 was because of Paula. AI is making a huge mistake and should let Kara go and give Paula a competitive offer which should not be less than Ryan!!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  384. tt

    So now it will be the Simon show since the other two judges are BORING AS HECK!!! Randy should have been tossed and replaced by a broken record that goes....Dude...You're the Bomb, Dude....You can sing the Alphabet, Dude...it just wasn't right for me, Dude...I don't know, man.....etc.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Barb

    I will not be watching Idol anymore and I was a faithful viewer. Paula helped make it entertaining. Don't like Kara and will not watch her.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Baco63

    Yea, I can start watching again. I just couldn't take her criing any more.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  387. St Louie

    No longer watching. Dynamic will be gone. It was bad enough last year with a new judge. Didn't care for that format. Critiques too limited w/4 judges. Paula is one of the reasons people watch. Change is needed, but not this kind of change. Change just for change sake doesn't make a positive outcome. Bad move FOX.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  388. Nancy

    I have watched IDOL from the first year and thought it was a mistake to add Kara as a judge. Three judges were more than enough and I think they did a great job......now with Paula leaving, the show will not be the same. Despite her sometimes offbeat comments and wackiness, Paula has a certain vulnerable charm and a big heart that everyone can see. She also did a great job at helping to pick the talent and was a great offset to Simon and Randi – she will be sorely missed and I do not think I will make an effort to watch the show as I have in the past.....
    It was always interesting to see what she came up with week after week.....

    August 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  389. Russell

    I'm not sorry to see her go. Her babbling and nonsensical blubbering got really old.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Jenny

    I am terribly upset that Paula won't be back. I think not only is it unfair to Paula, but also to the viewers of American Idol. They won't keep Paula, but they will Kara. This makes no sense to me whatsoever. I liked the show much better when it was Randy, Paula, and Simon. Adding the fourth judge was the beginning of the end. I am not so sure I will be watching American Idol this season. The show won't be the same and quite frankly why watch it.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Art

    Hey, hey, Paula
    I wanne be judged by you

    Hey, hey Paula
    Simon's jabs won't do

    PAULA!! COME BACK!!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Chris

    This is no surprise. Fox has planned to do this since last year when Kara was brought on the show. One more show to not watch.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Sally

    Half of the show is watching Paula and Simon interract. It wont be the same without her.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Scott

    Oh well, that was fun while it lasted. The show won't be "American Idol" without her on it. Regardless of how you value her individual contribution to the judging panel (Yes, she was a mess lots of the time, and yes, she rambled nonsensically quite often), the strength of the show was the combination and chemistry of their personalities, relative to each other. I assume Kara will be back, but Kara's no Paula. Oh well... I enjoyed it while it lasted. :) Idol could have gone on indefinitely. But now they've broken the formula that made it so successful, and I give it one season, maybe two before people lose interest. It's done for me.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Scout

    Kara is not a Paula by any stretch of the imagination. I used to cringe everytime Kara tried to critique someone's style from her vast experience. If No Boundaries is an example of her award winning song writing ability how can she be taken seriously. The chemistry between Paula and Simon was fun to watch and you could almost feel that the two actually cared for one another. Paula was always kind, even if the contestant was beyond help and up against Simon's callousness was refreshing. After the late debacles these last few years (Daughtry, Stoddard, Taylor Hicks, and Adam Lambert not winning after knocking our socks off with his entertainment X factor I don't think I will waste twp nights a week watching AI anymore. Good Luck Paula and thank you.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Jay

    Paula will be missed – Kara just doesn't have it – if only we knew as much as she thinks she does. Yes, I know she is a grammy winner song writer, but the song they did that was hers was TERRIBLE. I just didn't care for her style or attitude. It was fun watching Paula to see if she could get the sentence actually out. She was nice and thoroughly enjoyed the talent – she really was a good judge of the talent.

    One thing AI could do is quit showing the dummies that audition. I stop watching until the actual talent is lined up. They sure miss a lot by bypassing good talent for these weirdos that haven't a messure of talent.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  397. cathy d

    I too will miss Paula. I don't think she always made the wisest comments, but her compassion for the singers always seemed encouraging and I think that gave them more confidence. I also like Kara and think people shouldn't compare Paula and Kara...they are both so different, yet each respected. I think Kara made great comments and you could tell that as a singer/songwriter, she knew what she was talking about.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  398. LED

    She contributed nothing to the show-an empty-headed former bimbo who babbled on and on without being able to string a coherent thought together.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  399. dmbutterfly22

    I loved Paula on the show. I do not like Kara and will not watch the show anymore. Kara had nothing to contribute that the other 3 judges had already said - she often repeated what Randy said so she was just a ditto commenter ... Bye Bye American Idol!!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Arnold Leornad

    I find it funny how the replacement of one judge on a pop music talent show can capture the attention of so many headlines and so many people. Though I caught bits and pieces, I never enjoyed the show or really cared what it was all about. In the end the winners became nobodies, and their names will not be remebered. All music legends in the world today never made their way up through American Idol, showing the shows failures. You either got it or you dont. Lets stop watching wanna be pop superstars and focus more on important issues, the state of our country, the world, the unemployed, uninsured, and education.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Tina

    I won't miss her. Her comments were ridiculous and not at all helpful to the singer. I realize that these are not the Met auditions, but pretty much anyone who sings or is a vocal teacher or conductor could come up with better comments, real constructive critisism and still manage to be supportive of the singer.

    There is a place for warm fuzzies – I think they call it Kindergarten.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Roberta

    I've watched American Idol every season. No one can replace Paula and her drama along with her sensitivity. DON'T LET HER GO! If Paula goes the show will lose me in its viewing audience.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Leslee

    She was the only music industry performance powerhouse on the panel. She's Paula Abdul, for heaven sake! Do they know how lucky they were to have her? Go take a look at her videos, listen to her music and then try to find something in Simon, Kara or "Dog" that compares to her level of talent and authority. Please, they don't come close.

    Now all they've got is three vacuous posers.

    Ridiculous.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  404. BRIAN

    What you people don't seem to see is that Simon has already said he doesn't wanna come back because of all the traveling. He's also said he wants Paula back. If she's gone, I see Simon using that as one more reason to stay in the UK with his other shows he runs. I don't think Randy and Kara will carry the show (IF Randy even stays.)
    Quick question. Who can remember the host of Star Search after Ed McMahon left. (Yes it did go on, albeit in relative obscurity.)

    August 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Jimmy Henthorn

    Good luck Paula! American Idol won't be the same without you. I will no longer be watching Idol.Jimmy

    August 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Ruth

    Why did they try to fix something which wasn't broken???? The show is done without Paula. I am very sad, since I really loved the show. ;( But it is ruined without her. I loved her and Simon, and the way they played off each other. Randy is great too. Kara is of no value to the show. The ending last year was a total waste anyway, with Adam losing!!!!!! I am disgusted with the people in charge of this show, and will not watch any more.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Wilhelm Roedenbeck

    Paula Abdul will be forgotten fast. Her replacement is a respected composer, much smarter and very nice.

    regards W.Roedenbeck/ Miami

    August 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Miller

    I watch the show for the contestants and the talent, not the judges!! Anyway, Simon is the only judge worth a hoot – the rest don't matter.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Dean

    She was the backbone of this show. It will not be the same and I will have a bad taste in my mouth but will probably watch it. I enjoyed the so called friction between her and Simon and will miss the kidding around that they did. Sad I don't understand was it money or jealousy?

    August 5, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Tom

    I knew Paula was in trouble when they brought in Kara this year. The show took too long with four judges. That's why they had to limit their responses on several shows. Kara was going to be Paula's replacement as the female on the show. I'm going to miss Paula's comments. The American Idol concept is a money making machine. I saw the top ten in Charlotte, NC this weekend and there were at least 16,000 there paying $60 each. Multiply that by 50 dates and you can do the math. I will never vote again after this year's debacle. Adam was so much better than Kris. Kris is a good hearted talent, but Adam Lambert is the real deal and the next superstar of this decade. I think the voting is fixed anyway. Oh well, Fox will continue to hype the show and get good ratings until it gets old hat with the public. I'm glad Simon and Ryan got a good contract. I hope Randy and Kara get a good contract too.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Alex

    Kooky and kind, with a wonderful spirit. The show will not be the same without her; she helped create the fabric that the show was. Not that I'll have a chance to miss her...I don't think I'll continue to watch the show. I don't like it when people are treated badly, and I think this is an example of that.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  412. ks

    Kara's song that was written for the show was HORRIBLE! It's even been dropped from the tour because "fans were booing".

    I agree that Paula was annoying at times, but at least she didn't flash the audience. There were kids in the audience. Not a very positive role model or thing to do!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Harold

    Paula added to that show very much and should of stayed.Kara is way to serious and therefor the show will not be as good.The show will not be the same and we will not watch it!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Rick

    IDOL has lost me. To keep Kara (who added nothing) and let Paula go is too much. It will go down as one of the worst business decisions in television history. Simon and Paula kept the show interesting while viewers waited for the couple of singers to perform that actually had a chance of winning. So long IDOL, it was good ride.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Joe

    Honestly, good riddens!!! She had nothing intelligent to say EVER! I like how she said "I helped AI become a phenomenom" but didn't thank AI for making her MILLIONS at a time when she was (and still is) a has-been talent. Her greed got the best of her... Somebody tell me where else she could have had that much success... sure wouldn't be from making music!!! So boo-hoo, you very wealthy-whiny millionare...

    August 5, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Paulette

    Why did they give ryan 45million for 3 yrs Simon 100millionn but can not pay Paula I"M SO OVER THIS SHOW. Paula come over to SYTUCD

    August 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Beth

    I'm looking forward to the new season of Idol! My best wishes to Paula with her future endeavors but she didn't contribute that much to Idol. She never could say if someone wasn't good and would dance around her answers. Also the childish behavior w/Simon will not be missed. I think Kara will do a great job!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Carlos

    Kara in, and Paula out. Well, I'm out. Paula was good in supporting the talent when Simon would diss them. I loved the duo of Simon and Paula. Kara, what a joke. I guess I'll just have to go to another channel. Never fix something that's not broken. They did it with the Bulls when Jordan left, now look where they're at. Same thing will happen with Idol. Too bad.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  419. graysong

    Feh. Should've dumped Randy. Paula may have been a bit loco at times, but that was the fun of her. It was also fun to watch her twist trying to avoid saying anything negative after a truly awful performance. And when she did make a cogent criticism you thought "Holy crap! Where did that come from!"

    Randy on the other hand, adds no usable criticism for the performers and no entertainment for the viewers. They could replace him with an animatronic that says one of his 4 tired, stock phrases:

    "That was da bomb!"
    "That didn't work for me. It was just a'ight."
    "Dawg, that was bit pitchy."
    "You can sing your face off."

    The show will march on without her, but it won't be nearly as much fun to watch without her loopiness.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Joyce

    Can't stand Kara – she intimidates the contestants and thinks she is all that and she is NOT. She will never be able to walk in Paula's shoes. Sure, Paula was a bit ditzy but she was FUN. Loved the camarade between Paula and Simon every week and will miss that. Not sure I can stand watching the show with Kara in it- she is obnoxious and thinks way too much of herself. She just repeats everything Randy says and tries to have the same repore with Simon that Paula had but sorry babe, no competition. You rate poorly and they should never have kept you and released Paula. Bad mistake.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Anne

    I was totally sick of the idiotic childish behavior between her and Simon. I'm not going to miss her.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Karol

    American Idol won't be the same without Paula. This is the only TV show I follow but will stop watching if indeed Paula isn't there. Fox should be ashamed of their sexist salary discrimination. I hope Randy and Simon will unite behind Paula and not show-up for A.I. unless Paula is back. If Fox is short on cash, get rid of Kara. She didn't add anything to the show except time. The money you are paying Kara could go toward Paula's salary. Give Paula what she is asking for or your network will lose more money than what they would be paying her in salary because devoted A.I. fans will boycott the show – then the rich executives will feel the loss of Paula in THEIR MONEY LINED POCKETS!

    I love you Paula and am proud of you for standing up for yourself !
    You go girl!

    August 5, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Mitch

    The show will go on. But it will become far too serious without comic relief. I think that was the magic formula that the producers found by accident, and now it's going to be lost. People can't stand constant down messages. We in the audience are not fools – we know that some of the singers perform worse than others. Simon is not mean, he states the facts, and that's why his rare praise is so valued. But we also need the comfort and foreknowledge that however bad the contestant is, someone like Paula will try to soften the blow. And so we were fine with watching the crashes and burns – somehow it was still OK. Now without that softer side, I predict the show will decrease in popularity. Ouch !

    August 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  424. mrmota

    Since Abdul is leaving they should kick out Kara and get someone with some personality. Getting another 80's female in there would be good. Although it won't replace the dizziness Paula brought to the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  425. eric

    Oh, chill.

    I'm sorry to see how callous the business can be - Paula was one of the originals, helped make the show what it is, and is at least as helpful as Randy, and the shabby treatment shows a real lack of class on the part of Simon Cowell and the others who run the show - but I'll probably watch about as often as I did last year. So will you. Yeah, yeah, if you watched before you'll watch again.

    Kara's getting a bad rap and probably won't be long for the show. She's like the rebound girlfriend/boyfriend. She actually knows a lot about the business and did a decent job.

    My bet? Simon's going to bring over someone like Cheryl Cole, a member of a British girl band who is sort of the "It Girl" over there at the moment, is a judge with him on their version of American Idol, and is presently in LA trying to get a foothold here. Failing that, he might bring over Amanda Holden, who judges with him on another show, Britains Got Talent.

    August 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Drew

    Goodbye American Idol, you have lost me as a viewer, I couldn't stand Kara last season, and as many people said they would TiVo Paulas comments, I always skipped Kara's. She annoyed me to no end. Paula could make you laugh. Kara made you want to flip the channel.

    I predict this shows ratings to fall through the floor.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  427. Pam

    If Paula's gone - I'm gone! And what the hell does Ryan do to earn $15M a year? You gotta be kidding me! Robots like him making that kind of coin in this economy when 98% of us are struggling day to day? It is OBSCENE.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  428. A.S.Wade

    I refuse to watch the show anymore without Paula. It's also galling that the Producers think Ryan Secrest is so much more valuable than Paula as part of the team. They are mistaken and they will see that is not the case. They should not mess with something that works!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  429. Anne

    Big mistake on the part of AI's brass.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  430. Caroline

    The producers have just "kissed" their ratings goodbye. This show will now have an early demise.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  431. rich

    I apologize for typos in my previous post. I was too excited to notice as I was typing.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  432. Jones

    There are more important things in life than Paula Abdul leaving American Idol. The fact that this made CNN Headlines is a prime example of what is wrong with America today.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  433. Lisa

    As critical as people are about Paula's performance on AI, it's clear that the contentants and America love her contributions to the show. Simon does know what he's doing, but if it were just him on the show, it would not be the hit it is. Paula brought a dynamic that will be missed on the show.

    As for Kara, I watched less last year because I could not stand hearing her talk. She was immature in how she handled the contentants, and it was obvious she was jealous of a few.... especially bikini girl.

    This year, I will not be watching the show.

    Good luck Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  434. rich

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. What more can I say. I will never have to listen to her again saying to a contestant, "the high notes were pitchy." Really??? How would she know? Lucky for her, for her own recordings, the studios have software to make her sound on key. Thank you produrcers of the show. I will watch the show again. Did I say than you enough?

    August 5, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  435. Mike Willis

    What a LOSS. The show will now be just another show. She was the main star. It will by no means be even close to being the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  436. jamie

    i really won't miss Paula THAT much. her tendency to run on
    & on (without making sense sometimes) was very annoying. her saving grace on the show was her kindness to the contestants, but you can give constructive criticism without being dopey or mean. I think Kara did a good job of doing that this past season. Hopefully she can continue to do that this season.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  437. Daniel

    I'm very upset about Paula leaving the show. Paula was the bright spot on the judges bench. Simon is the bad guy and Kara and Randy are the middle ground. I dont think I'll watch AI this year. It suffered from homophobia last year and chose the much weaker contestant. Paula and Simon are a team and now that it's broken, I'm already bored and frustrated.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  438. Diane

    Idol will not be the same without Paula. Part of the entertainment and fun of watching the show was the camaraderie between the judges and the contestants. Paula and Simon were great together. I don't think Kara will have the same effect.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  439. Marty

    Will miss Paula. Have absoluted no use for Kara whatsoever.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  440. Zingy

    Without Paula this show is old, tired, and might as well be a re-run. Sorry, I won't be watching.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  441. Brenda

    This was not surprising to anyone who follows AI closely. I'm sure this was all planned. The producers added Kara last year for an unknown reason, but we all know the reason now, don't we? AI will not be the same without Paula even though at times she annoyed me. I doubt the AI will last more than two more seasons. I think they should have paid Paula her price and dropped Kara!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  442. Thanh

    Well, this opens up opportunities in the Fall season of So You Think You Can Dance. Her choreography is actually pretty decent, and SYTYCD can provide a creative outlet for her. Dancing with the Stars also has an interest in her too.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  443. Carolyn Lowe

    Idol will never be the same without Paula. You can start counting down now – this will be the demise of IDOL. Her livliness, sense of fashion, sweetness, etc, etc. cannot be replaced. Come on – give her an offer she can't refuse for the sake of the show! or else you will have a Jon & Kate + 8 on your hands!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  444. mcjcinc

    Paula was one reason why I watched. I'm no longer a fan. Bye American Idol

    August 5, 2009 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  445. leenzy54

    I am sad to see that Paula is leaving the show. She may have been off the wall at times but she had a heart and never purposely tried to hurt the contestants like Simon does. I find Kara annoying and full of herself. She acutally sand a song back to a contestant to prove a point. It's not about her but about the thousands of young people trying to get their break. I will not be watching A.I. next year because of the change. Bring Paula back NOW and pay her whatever she wants. She was the glue and you don't mess with the glue.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  446. tammi

    Kara sucks. No personality, inane comments, she just always seems to rub me the wrong way. Paula always made me smile at least once during the show and you know if she started saying how nice they looked, she really didn't like their song, but by damn she'd say something positive. Giving up on Idol now. Guess I'll be watching dancing shows instead.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  447. Allen

    I'm not sure she is "leaving" as much as she was pushed. Its simple economics 101. As viewership decreases and Cowell and Seacrest demand more and more money per show, something had to give. Since they already had their token female, they did the right thing, dump the high-maintenance train-wreck.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  448. Cynthia

    If Kara is going to be the judge – I think I'm done with American Idol!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  449. Glenda

    Shame, shame on AI.

    Do they honestly think DioGuardi is going to take the place of Paula?
    I've lived a long time and every time a show starts to lag in ratings there are changes. When those changes are made, the show dies and is off the air. I am afraid the same will happen to AI, sooner than later, because of Paula being let go. Let's be honest, is there anyone out there that really liked DioGuardi being on the show? Are the show's producers really, really paying attention to the viewers when they state what they like about the show versus what they don't? Do they really care about the view's choice?

    I'm afraid what goes around-comes around for AI and I am sad to say this is the beginning of the end. They have made their bed and as the saying goes, they must now lie in it. Sorry to see ya go AI.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  450. Amy

    You have just lost a viewer!! I love Paula, she makes the show regardless of your nonsense jabber talk – it's TV!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  451. Melecia

    Kara DioGuardi should have been the first to go. She brings nothing to the table. I wont be watching next season just to prove a point. Ryan gets at least twice the salary as Paula and does nothing. But then again we're talking about FOX. Remember them during the primary?

    August 5, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  452. hunsister

    Fox chose to underpay Paula substantially. While I would agree that Simon is worth more than Paula, I don't think that Ryan is. Sure he's a cut guy but others could easily do his job. Paula added an element to the show that balanced Simon's curt (although usually spot on) criticisms. I have written to Fox and told them I will not watch the show if Paula doesn't return. I, like many others posting comments, cannot stand Kara. Last year I almost stopped watching because of her. The only thing that saved the season from Kara was Adam Lambert. I encourage all posters to send an email to Fox expressing your dismay over this poor business decision.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  453. Eileen Levy

    I'm done with AI. Without Paula sitting between Randy and Simon, why bother to watch? Kara was a outsider – the whole personality profile changed for the worse when she joined the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  454. Ashley

    While Paula did get annoying at times, she was also fun to watch and a nice balance with Simon and Randy. Kara is annoying and thinks that she's hot stuff and I didn't feel that she contributed anything to the show. They should have kept Paula and gotten rid of Kara! I'm not sure if I'll watch the show this year!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  455. Jill

    I will miss Paula she was the main reason for watching. Kara is a big mistake on the show she only says the same thing that Randy has already said so it is of no value. Bring Paula back.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  456. nomore

    That's it, idol is over. No more Paula, no more idol 4 me...

    August 5, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  457. kathy

    What are they thinking. She makes the show with out her why would you watch it. Its was hard last year with the new girl as you can tell i don"t know her name because she was trying so hard to out do Paula she well never be the lady that Paula was.
    If its about the money they need to get of there a–. and do what is right of the kids that go on the show and us who watch it. The way i feel right now I don't even want to watch the show anymore. And i think that way and I'm from a small town.how any people are they going to loss. Let America vote and see what happens.
    I wish her the best and she well be miss by all of us. I just hope that that she kicks but in everything she does.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  458. Chris

    I stopped watching American Idol long ago because I couldn't bear Paula's nonsense. She added NOTHING to the show. I look forward to tuning in next season!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  459. Phyllis

    American Idol is making a huge mistake. Paula should remain as well as Simon and Randy. With any original judge leaving it leaves one question in my mind...Will this be the beginning of the slow demise of American Idol?

    August 5, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  460. Edgardo

    The show will not be the same... I am proud to say I won't be tuning in this season.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  461. Gin

    Will probably not watch idol any more without Paula!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  462. Kristen

    A few years from now, we will look back at this and note that this is when AMERICAN IDOL Jumped the Shark.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  463. HLS2

    Wow! Not good at all.
    Paula was my favorite judge.
    She has been treaded most unfairly.
    The arrogance and greed of those blokes will be their undoing.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  464. Will

    I think that Paula was on the show for what stupid things she would say. I think that Kara is a great addition to the show. She gives feedback that can be used by the contestants. I do love Paula don't get me wrong, but she never told anybody anything that would help their career. Sorry Paula!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  465. Marilyn Kjeldgaard

    Paula was the main reason I loved the show. While a little ditzy at times, overall she was a wonderful contrast to Simon – can't even imagine American Idol carrying on without her! She's an icon and a starter!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  466. Mike

    It is sad to see Paula go. The chemistry between her and Simon was great to watch. Although they constantly disagreed, you could tell they had respect for one another. I will no longer watch IDOL and I suspect many others will do the same.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  467. longtime Idol fan

    Big mistake, if it happens. The Paula/Simon yin and yang factor makes the judging interesting and gives the show its spice. He's the handsome daddy speaking hard truths, she's the sweet sexy mommy who makes everybody feel better and has the years of experience in the music business to back up her opinions, too. Randy is the best friend providing dawg references for comic relief, as well as informed criticism and an essential tiebreaker vote. Kara adds nothing to the story but an unnecessary and overeager ingenue straight out of All About Eve with no place in this scenario. Pay Paula what she's worth, it's a lot. I won't be interested in watching otherwise.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  468. Sharon

    I agree with the majority of comments...I too shall miss Paula. We needed a balance to Simon's harshness and Paula was it. Kara, I am afraid, will never fill Paula's shoes. Paula definitely could be a bit kooky, but she also was a "soft spot" (the only one) on a highly charged panel. I would love to see her on So You Think You Can Dance as a choreographer!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  469. Suzanne VanRandwyk

    I miss Paula already. I don't think I will be watching AI next season. I do not like Kara DioGuardi (aka...the "wannabe"). She seems to be a legand in her own mind. But I can't honestly think of anything that she has done in her career to warrant being on this show.

    Paula may appear to be a bit of a ditz sometimes, but she's adorable either way. This Kara chick will NEVER have the musical success that Paula had (count the #1 hits). AI needs to send Kara packing and bring Paul back!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  470. Vick

    Truth is, Paula brought NOTHING to the judging table. Her comments were always incoherent and meaningless.

    As a judge, Kara > Paula
    IMIO Fox did the right thing.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  471. TerryK

    Lets get serious here folks, the reason Paula has left, or been released is a business decision, the Producers of the show are obviously of the opinion that her value as a judge has run its course. You have to give these guys some credit as to their ability to foresee the future in regard to the ratings and advertising revenues etc. You are right, there is no need to re-invent the wheel, but as with any maintenance schedule some tweaking is necessary at times, this is one of those times, the show was getting stale and a change was necessary, it was simply put a business necessity that had to be made.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  472. Question

    Do you notice how nobody is talking about Randy or Ryan making the show? Why don't they replace them? Even if you didn't like Paula, it got people talking and isn't that what show want, people to talk? I think they seriously messed up, Idol is on its way out.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  473. Eva

    I am very disappointed with FOX. I can't believe they did this! What are they self distructive? If something is perfect why mess with it. Idol has been my favorite show since they beginning and that includes Paula, Randy and Simon. They are a team! The good, bad, and ugly. Paula is the funny, fluffy and you can see that she really enjoy finding new talent. I can't imagine the show without her. This move by FOX and the producers of Idol makes me mad enough to not watch the show at all until Paula returns.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  474. Susan

    The truth is, as completely hideous as this show can be, Paula was the true bright spot. Call me a sucker, but Paula was the real deal. I cannot stand that Kara lady. She tries to be Randy. Paula was uniquely her own person and a welcome force of kindness.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  475. Stephan

    That shows you how stupid Paula is giving away millions of dollars. Why leaving something that pays well? She is making a lot of money for a "pain killer/alcohol" addict.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  476. Brandon Kuepfer

    As someone else said, it's the beginning of the end.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  477. Dee

    Yawn! Without Paula's antics, what's the point? Too bad Big Brother doesn't do a winter show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  478. rt

    I have followed AI since day one...but no longer.
    Kara is not an asset to this show, she has a big mouth and is a Miss Know It All. She makes me cringe everytime she opens her mouth.
    They just don't know when to leave a good thing alone.
    This will be AI's last season, you can bet on that.
    You know what they say, you can't fix stupid.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  479. Terry

    Paula was a useless bag of wind. Glad she is finally gone. rarley did she have any perspective of the contestants talent.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  480. Mike

    Why can't Janet Jackson replace Paula Abdul? No offense to the new girl, but I haven't heard of her. I would rather see a familiar, yet new spirit to the American Idol brand.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  481. C Dod

    I won't be watching since Paula's not returning. I think the original 3 judges were a perfect mix and helped to make the show the success it is. I tried to be open minded about Kara as I know she's very successful in the music business. But, she's obnoxious and so egotistical and I and others I know just can't stand her! Yes, Paula can be a bit kooky at times and carry on & on with her sweetness. But, it was a perfect balance to the other 2 judges. I'm certain that the show will continue to be a success but it won't be as much fun anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  482. Sheila

    I will not watch the show. The producers have underestimated the chemistry of the judges. Big mistake. And she should have been paid.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  483. Mike

    Fox's production decisions are about as bright and well informed as their news division. Ahhh... still longing for the days GWB when anyone, no matter how stupid, could grow up to be pres.

    Good luck with your three year contract there Ryan. Wanna bet the show lasts that long?

    August 5, 2009 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  484. amw

    Too bad...she is what the show was all about. The singers a dime a dozen (no offense).

    August 5, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  485. Sharon B.

    The show definitely DOES NOT need four judges. That was a disaster and took up too much time to go through them all. However, Kara should have been the one to go, and Paula should have stayed. It isn't going to be the same without her. Here's hoping it doesn't become a run of the mill talent show, especially if Simon leaves.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  486. fank

    done with this show..i agree, this show is run by Britts...sorry about paul, but they are all nuts...where do they get off on becoming 'experts' for finding talent?? puhleeze..but..again..run by the Brits..done..

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  487. Hai

    I for one am happy Paula is leaving. She wasn't honest with the contestants; to her everyone was great no matter how poorly they did. At least Simon was told it like it is. And then Paula would ramble on and on and not let anyone else have time to talk. Asta la vista baby! This is one person who won't miss her in the slightest.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  488. Cathy

    Paula will be missed; Kara is the one who needs to get the boot!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  489. BobS

    For me.....at least "for me" Dawg.....Randy is totally useless! Who gives a rip what he says? Opinions never vary.....more like platitudes! He is the one the show would not even notice was gone!!!! At least Paula had some personal entertainment value!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  490. Wendy

    Without Paula it will not be the same – her antics with Simon sometimes were hilarious – I will miss his eye rolling when she said something he didn't agree with – it's too bad as I see Idol eventually going down the tubes...... :-(

    August 5, 2009 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  491. Chan

    Another reason NOT to watch American Idol next season....Kara is back and Paula isn't

    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  492. JW

    She was sill and ditzy which added extra fun to the show. That was a big reason our family tuned in from the start of every season is to watch what Paula would do, say and especially say to Simon. Idol's other "female" judge is a bore!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  493. Rick

    People, get a grip. It is a singing competion, not a judging competion you fools!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  494. Moonflower

    As a faithful American Idol 'watcher', I am so sad to hear that Paula will not be on the show this next year. Why do all the 'good ones' get canned? I think her rapore with the contestants has been so necessary...these young people need a little taste of 'sweetness and understanding' as they compete in the biggest contest of their lives!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  495. CT

    Thank GOD she is gone. Between the ridiculous, non-helpful, impossible-to-decipher comments and playing touchy/feely with Simon more that paying attention to the vocalists (to the point of wishing for them to just leave and get a room already!), this show will only improve. Way too much attention was focused on her (and Simon) and not enough on the contestants, which really is the point of the show, isn't it? I'm sure even Randy and Kara are breathing a sigh of relief.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  496. Sheila

    I won't watch the show. You guys have made a BIG mistake on underestimating the chemistry of the judges.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  497. Karen

    I cannot believe Paula will not be back!! American Idol is not going to be the same. Everyone in America should start a petition to bring Paula back – we need her and Simon bickering – that's what helps
    to make the judging on the show more interesting. We also need Paula and her softness for the contestents – they need her!!!!! Please
    FOX – listen to us when we say – WE NEED, WE WANT – PAULA BACK!
    Please come to an agreement – so that we all have something to look forward to in January – I'm afraid if Paula does not return – the ratings
    for the show and going to drop drastically.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  498. Kat

    I agree completely. In my opinion, Kara doesn't have enough idol experience to pull of taking Paula's place. I mean of course Kara has songwriting under her belt and all that other blahblah, but her opinion doesn't really catch my attention. Despite some of Paula's not so normal comments towards the contestants, she was always the judge that gave the idol contestants the benefit of the doubt, whether they sucked or not. Her sweetness and originality will be greatly missed. As for Kara, I'll most likely just mute my TV whenever she speaks, just like i always did.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  499. BookTalk

    I agree with most of the comments. This is a BIG mistake by FOX.
    Sure, Paula is a bit kooky, but she adds humor and humanity to the show. Kara came across as "cold" in comparison. It isn't that I don't "like" her, but she just didn't add anything to the show. I am seriously disappointed by this turn of events and hope that the IDOL folks get smart and make Paula a big offer to bring her back. Otherwise, I wouldn't be surprised that this will be the final IDOL season. I know I won't feel the same about it this year with Paula absent.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  500. darcell

    I will not be watching the show this year without Paula. I love the banter between her and Simon. I don't think the show will be the same. Paula was sweet and really wanted to see eveyone do well.
    They will see the numbers for the show really take a nose dive with this turn of events.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  501. Cheryl Sewell

    You don't know what you've got until it's gone. i think the producers are going to regret this decision. I frequently found Paula's comments to be silly, or downright unfathomable, but she was the sweet middle in that three judge cookie. Kara is too brittle, and a bit of a musical snob. Not a good decision at all.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  502. Trip

    It's so sad that anyone even cares. American Idol, like every other reality series, is a waste of television time. It amazes me that so many people are so invested in this kind of programming.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  503. Jasmine

    I'm not gonna miss her – though I'm sure she was sweet, she was nutz on the show and constantly seemed like she was off her meds.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  504. Belly

    What a mistake... they should have gotten rid of Kara. She is completely lacking in the personality dept. Paula may have been a little nuts at time, but was at least enjoyable to watch. Won't be tuning in anymore.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  505. jaxon

    It's all about the singers, not the judges. I think she was fun to have on as a judge all this time, but what really makes her an expert? She had a couple two-bit popular albums back in the 80's. The other judges are producers who actually know what it takes. If you want a 'singer' to be a judge, then bring on someone who is current, say within the last decade!

    The contestants are kids and young adults and these judges are making them sing music from 60/70's has beens. They don't get to sing anything new.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  506. Carol

    I believe that Paula should have been offered a higher salary than Karen. She helped develop the show to the mega hit it is today. I think that the bantering between her and Simon will be missed by all. She was always nice to the contestants and her advise to them was positive. I have watched the show from day one and think that this is a
    big mistake on the part of the people who negotiated her contract.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  507. A Mom

    I won't be watching next season. Paula always made everyone feel good about something even if they couldn't sing. You need the positive attitude that she brought to the show.
    Kara is just plain boring. Nothing she said ever made sense.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  508. Sandy Palmieri

    Paula made the show with Simon. I really don't think I will watch it anymore. Fox should have given her what she asked for in her contract. I guess too bad for Fox

    August 5, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  509. Kate

    I'm in the demographic that has disposable income and I watch the show....what was Fox thinking? I thought Kara was a mistake last year because her comments were unoriginal and, from my perspective, innane. Paula brings life and sparkle and personality to the show. BRING BACK PAULA !!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  510. DEBBIE

    Paula Abdul was my favorite judge and I will not watch American Idol anymore if they don't work out a deal to bring her back. She is way more important than Ryan Seacrest ( I like him) but she is the glue that holds the contestants up when Simon Cowell blows them down!!!! This will be the end of Idol...................wait and see.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  511. Bob Politano

    Kara DioGuardi is in NO WAY EVER, going to be able to fill Paula Abdul' shoes, let alone her place on American Idol. The show will truly be missing a huge element with the exit of Paula. She was that added spark of sweetness, kindness and sincerity the was always there to challenge the bullying of Simon Cowell,to the show's contestants. Kara, in my opinion usually came off as snooty and snotty to the contestants on the show, and there were times that I wish I could have just SMACKED THAT SMURK, off her face!!!!! Paula, we love you, we'll miss you and I hope that we will be seeing more of you in another place real soon, either through your music, or some other entertainment genre. God Bless You and you will always be FOREVER OUR GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  512. Gal

    I liked the interaction between Paula and Simon. I also liked the fact that she did care about feelings and believed you could give criticism and not be a bully. I would like her to be back on the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  513. Dan

    How many people saw this coming when they brought Kara in last season? Paula should have started packing her bags then. How incredibly sad. Word that I heard was that Simon wanted Paula back. I don't think kicking Paula off the show was a way to get Simon to extend his contract. This is probably his last year, too. Who are they going to get to replace him next year? I think Ryan may be addressing some third rate judges in the third year of his new contract. Goodbye, Paula – hope to see you soon on another show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  514. FAYE

    Good bye American Idol. No way I will be watching the show. A smart decision would have been to get rid of annoying Kara and keep the same format that brought the show to the sensation it became. Whoever made the decision not to bring her back and sign Kara will regret this decision as the rating would go down immediately. Good luck Paula. We love you sooooooooooooooooo much and we won't be watching that show any more.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  515. Steve

    I enjoyed Paula, Simon and Randy together. They made the show work. Kara should have never been brought in. She made the show a lot worse. I like to know who made the stupid decision to bring her on the show. Watch what happens to the tv ratings this season. Ratings are going to drop this season because of the bad decisions the Fox Television Producers made. On the local news this morning, they announced that Simon Cowell got paid fifty million for Season Eight where Fox Television Producers only offered Paula Abdul only between two to three million for Season Eight. Ryan Seacrest is getting paid forty-five million for three seasons. No wonder Paula is leaving the show. Talk about someone being taken advantage of and no respect from the Fox Television Producers.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  516. concerned artist

    Adam not winning?
    Paula not coming back?
    That's it; I'm never watching Idol again.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  517. crew

    i won't be watching. kara is boring. no personality at all, and no entertainment value to add.

    ai is definitely phasing out. i will miss it.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  518. Crazybaby

    I don't love Paula but I do think she brought her own style and uniqueness to the judging process so it was fun when we realized she wasn't making sense because she was high or she was totally pissed off a Simon. I did not dislike Kara at first but when she negativily critiqued Chris on the Song "she" chose last season I lost all respect. Definately bring Paula back and give her more money!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  519. jjac

    American Idol should just plan to cancel and go off the air. The show will be no good without Paula's voice and presence! I will never watch that show again!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  520. Jacquie

    I can honestly say I will not be watching American Idol this season.
    The dynamics of the judges is no longer there....

    Therefore the whole show will not be what it was. The first mistake was bringing on DioGuardi ...

    I hope by some mirical Paul is back when American Idol starts again this season. If not of well one less viewer. But if all the "one less" viewers add up the rating will definately go down.

    Jacquie
    Canada

    August 5, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  521. crissy

    I loved Paula even when (especially when!) she didn't seem to make sense. The integrity of the show has been going down hill as the slick factor has been climbing as more and more contestants with heavy industry experience have made their way on to the show. The last bit of sincerity will be leaving with Paula. And Cara? You are can't fill Paula's shoes. Bad move Fox.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  522. Phyllis

    Wow this is a bummer! You know between the fiasco the last couple of years with the winners of AI and now this. I think I'm done with AI.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  523. judy

    Come on you guys wake up. Paula was a drunk and a pill head. Not a perfect idol for the new and up comming. The network made a great decision based on her actions of embarrasing moments on national tv

    August 5, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  524. heather

    It is just not going to be the same – I definitely will not be watching if paula is not a judge. I think they are going to be surprised by how much their ratings drop with this move.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  525. Kay

    I can't stand that other chic.....I don't even wanna watch it now.....Kara is downright rude sometimes, but in an snotty way....Simon is rude, but knows he can't sing....but anyone who gets up and starts showing they can sing the song better than the girl trying out is wack to me......we arleady know you're a professional and you SHOULD be able to sing better than the party auditioning.....I hate this for Paula, b/c she did make the show into what it is.....BOOOOOO Kara.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  526. Paul

    One thing you can say about Paula: she was not boring. Never knew what you would get from her which made for interesting TV. Kara is dull and unoriginal.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  527. Paul

    My favorite judge... GONE? That is awful. Paula’s combination of passion, compassion, and kookiness was a key element of the show. I really do think it is a shame she is gone.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  528. Rick

    I assure you most fans of AI are quite elated that Paula is leaving. She actually takes away from the show. She is very annoying, cannot construct a coherent sentence and really quite ignorant. Having 4 judges is way too many so getting to 3 is much improved. Actually Randy should go away as he is nothing more than a broken record. Paula is definitely over valuing herself on the show by turning down 8 figure contract. We can all argue over this but in the end AI will be #1 and will not have to listen to her psychobabble.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  529. Lola

    Paula just got tired of playing second fiddle to the three professionals. She should do something along the lines of her own field – like choreographey. Now the show might be worth watching.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  530. Kat

    I WILL NOT WATCH THE SHOW NOW. THEY HAVE BEEN UNFAIR TO PAULA!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  531. Gigi

    I don't think I can take another season of American Idol. It has become old and predictable (except for Adam Lambert). The talent-challenged continue to audition and subject themselves to the judges' boorish comments. Pathetic wannabes sniffle and whine to plleeeeeeeeeease be given another chance. Some very talented people are subjected to the judges' comments that are more about marketability of the 'new meat' than trying to help people to succeed. I think the most talented Idol contestants didn't win, they went on to success (eg Jennifer Hudson).

    August 5, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  532. Candy

    Paula will be greatly missed. Kara is the one who should not be coming back. I just hope it's not the beginning of the end for Idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  533. Finlorie

    I'll miss Paula. She definitely had her ditzy moments (okay, many of them!) and her critiques seldom had any major substance, but her personality and kindness were necessary to the chemistry of the show. To me, Simon is the only judge who actually judges - and when he leaves, I'll stop watching the show - but it's the mix of the judges that are part of the entertainment. I found Kara decidedly underwhelming, more an echo than an actual participant. Maybe she'll find a place for herself now. I hope so.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  534. gina

    Yes, Paula filled a special roll on AI. However, I personally grew tired of her sticky, vanilla sweetness. As madTV once put it (on an AI spoof) "Paula, would would give a compliment to a crack whore."

    Welcome Kara!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  535. Kathy

    I'm glad she's gone. Kara has more interesting things to say. Paula never says anything meaningful at all. She was a cheerleader, not a judge. I always TIVO'd through her comments–she was like an annoying fly that you couldn't swat. I, for one, will enjoy the show so much more with her gone. Way to go, Fox!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  536. Donna

    I agree with others. Who is Kara? I too am done with American Idol. I hope the show flounders so bad they beg Paula to come back and she says NO!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  537. david

    Who is Paula Abdul

    August 5, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  538. Deb

    I won't miss Paula on Idol because now that she's gone, the show isn't worth watching. She added "humanity" to the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  539. CM

    Kara sucked. The original trio was IDOL! I guess I can watch something else on TV now! Yeah!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  540. JRossi

    Putting my feelings for Kara aside (I don't feel she adds a darn thing to the show), you have to remember Paula was the only real artist on the panel. Yes, Randy played the guitar with Journey and helped with the careers of other artists, as did Simon. But, Paula had a string of success that was unparalelled in the music industry. That's going to be hard to top. If you know anything about music, you could see that there was a real understanding in her assessments and critiques that often went over the heads of her cohorts. I, for one, am extremely disappointed and will be less inclined to watch the show this next season. Besides, who's gonna be able to top Adam Lambert??? I think Idol has reached it's peak and will go the way of a downward spiral, and fast.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  541. Jan

    Paula was a big part of the entertainment on the show and I will miss her. I've only watched for a couple years so it was easy enough for me to get used to Kara–but there's no way the show will not be the same without Paula. I think they will find that out fast!!! Paula, we'll miss you!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  542. DebiforPaula

    This does it for me and American Idol, FINISHED!!!!! When Ryan and Simon say they want Paula, I believe the $$$ they got was way tooooooooooo much compared to what was offered to Paula! It's obvious that NO ONE listened. to what the public wants. Kara never got it for me, she might know music but sure didn't when it came to the "song" last season!!!!!! This is a major error for American Idol, the numbers will be down for the next season...IDOS

    August 5, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  543. loretta Goldstein

    I feel terrible that Paula is not coming back. She is so much part of
    the American Idol. Paula and Simon are so good together.
    boo-hoo.....

    August 5, 2009 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  544. Mom of three

    Not a smart move from Idol. Paula is part of the chemistry that has been working smoothly and successfully. Why change it now? Paula should get what she deserves. Good bye Idol!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  545. swartsie

    Not a huge fan of 'Idol', but Paula is my favorite of the judges. Wish she wasn't going. Why does something that works always have to be bungled up?

    August 5, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  546. John

    I certainly will miss Paula–watching my wife go nuts over Paula's inane comments makes the whole Idol experience worth my time. There goes all my fun.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  547. Gandhus

    Paula was incapable of delivering any negative critiques. She always went along with Randy or vice versa and she wanted to be every contestant's friend. While that might may (with strong emphasis on 'may') make you a good & lovable person, it doesn't make you a good judge.

    A judge who only says nice things, isn't really judging. It that regard she was useless. I'm quite surprised at the comments here lauding her.

    In addition to that, she was quite frequently an embarrassment. Incoherent speech, dancing about, childish banter with Simon. The show as a serious competition will be much better without her.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  548. Chantelle

    I am not going to watch this show until FOX comes to their senses and hires Paula back. I'm going to miss watching Paula and Simon's cute spats...

    August 5, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  549. Jeff

    I laugh at the people who say they will stop watching because Paula will not be back this season. These are the same people who are spending their free time blogging on a CNN article about Paula and her demise. You know they will be watching just so they can complain during the season. I will watch because of the whole package, not a single piece (although Simon leaving might change that thought). Idol has been trying to tweak their formula for years so I'll bet she will be back in 2011 just to guarantee another "new" twist in the format – "...SHE'S BACK!!".

    August 5, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  550. AK

    I am glad that the change has occured finally. It was about time.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  551. marg sutton

    When Paula leaves American Idol , so will I and most of my friends.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  552. Terrie Coleman

    American Idol is rigged anyway. And besides it wasn't right for them to offer Ryan Seacrest more than Paula. That was just wrong! I wish the show would drop off the face of the earth. I'm glad Paula stood up for what she believed

    August 5, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  553. Robert Britt

    Love Paula and her contributions to the show. Kara is alright, but they really needed Paula's offbeat thoughts to make the show more fun

    August 5, 2009 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  554. Kate

    I'm going to miss Paula, even though at times she got on my nerves. Kind of like a kooky sister. I think Paula will leave an incredibily large hole in her absence that Kara can never even dream of filling.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  555. Cindy

    I will NOT be watching without Paula! Cut a deal Fox!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  556. Geez!

    It just goes to show that when an idiot puts on a suit and runs the show ...they're still an idiot! What are they thinking??? DioGuardi over Abdul???...Geez!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  557. Melissa

    Yeah, we won't have to listen to her speak when she's high anymore and we won't have to listen to her cry at the drop of a hat and tell everyone how wonderful they always are even if they suck really bad. Good riddance.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  558. Darrell

    After Adam Lambert losing and now Paula leaving, the show is done for me.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  559. karen flora

    I THINK THIS WAS A BIG MISTAKE FOR SIMON TO LET HAPPEN.
    PAULA HAS ALOT OF FANS WHO MIGHT JUST NOT WATCH THE SHOW NOW.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  560. db

    Thank goodness, there is a God. You never understood what the woman was talking about and boy could she ramble on and on and on. Half the time she appeared to look pretty lupy, like she was on medication or one sip too many. However, I wish her the best as she moves on.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  561. Andre

    I hope she can still afford her meds.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  562. carol b.

    Paula was what made the show. Fox should have don't whatever it needed to do to keep her. I'm pretty sure I can't stand week after week of Kara. I'll watch something else.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  563. Buster

    Best news I've heard all day.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  564. timetomoveon

    I already decided not to watch the show anymore. Couldn't stand Adam! Paula will be missed, but she hardly ever made an honest statement about someone who really messed up. You can't always be a Pollyanna. But golly gee, who will Simon pick on now? If he starts on Kara, she might just bite him!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  565. pw

    Thank God! It's about time. It was bad enough when Paula would mumble on about how pretty someone looked, showing her ignorance of music and singing. This last season, she acted like she really had something to add and mumbled on even longer. I won't miss her a bit and hope, with her gone and thus not able to waste time flirting/fighting with Simon, maybe they will actually make time for some singing on this singing show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  566. DamitaJo

    Yeah, this is officially the beginning of the end of Idol. It's painfully obvious to the viewers that the show is all about profit and money now. The producers messed this one up BIG time!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  567. MC

    I'm not a huge fan of Paula, but I will admit she is an integral ingredient in the Idol formula. I don't care for Kara at all, and thought it was a horrible season last year with her on the show. She wasn't interesting, spoke too long and just bored me. If I had to choose between the two, I would have chosen Paula. She's pretty goofy, but that added to the fun. (She could be just as off the wall sometimes as the nut job singers in the early auditions!!)

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  568. trish

    KARA SUCKS.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  569. K

    My wife and I absolutely detested Kara's "judgments" last season. As the competition wound down, her over the top, idiotic fawning on the "favored ones" and her dissing of the also rans became too much to stomach. No real originality of opinion – just lots of florid gushing.

    All I can say is, thank GOD for dvrs. We spent the last 5 weeks of last year's show completely skipping through her part.

    Oh well – maybe it's time to check out what the competition is airing. The show was getting stale anyway.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  570. Jennifer

    How stupid! American Idol is about to "jump the shark"! Seriously how many billions has the show produced? They are complete idiots for not keeping Paula. She and her train wreck antics are half the entertainment of the show!!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  571. Brian

    About time they got rid of the stuttering babling cross eyed idiot. Congrats to Kara....

    August 5, 2009 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  572. Boogie

    That's it for me. I can't stand Kara; she brings nothing to the show. I still love Simon, but without Paula, I will not watch anymore. Just listening to Kara last year brought out the worst in me as I screamed at the TV, "Just shut up!!!!" I predict this is Idol's last year.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  573. Noor

    It's a general rule: u don't take out an original member of an ongoing show or bring in a new member later on the show, or else u'll lose a good # of ur viewers!!!

    we feel that the producers brought Kara in to take Paula's place. They tested her out for a season and I guess liked her (even though EVERYONE thought she was annoying and trying to imitate Paula's actions towards Simon and she repeats everything Randy says!!!).. ya I can't stand her!

    too bad..I actually liked some seasons..I'll never watch it again!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  574. Neal Jones

    The show will go on withouit Paula but they should replace Kara as well. She brings absolutely nothing of value to the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  575. Vikki

    I am glad she is gone and it will be even better once Randy leaves as well!

    August 5, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  576. Judy

    Nope....it won't be the same! No longer will be have to listen to her drivel and watch her unprofessional antics on the show. Not sure Kara is the right person for the show, but am personally glad to have seen and heard the last of Paula Abdul on Idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  577. Chris

    The Paula, Simon and & Randy chemastry is what makes that show. It will be like the Beatles without Paul(a). I think the producers are making a mistake.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  578. jamie

    Come on. Watching Idol with Paula was like sitting on a corner waiting for the next traffic accident to happen. It;s supposed to be a family show, but every week we get to see her in a different state of being stoned. I think the show will be better without her.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  579. Marilyn

    I, for one, will no longer watch American Idol ........... not without Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  580. thegotz

    thats real nice PAULA started the show they get another girl then cant pay her a fraction of what others are getting she should sue them for discrimination thats plain BULL she founded it then get rid of her SHAME on them, i will stop watching it for that reason, CHEAP ass producer, SHAME SHAME

    August 5, 2009 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  581. David

    I will miss Paula. She could be ditzy and over the top at times, but she brought a needed element of respect and kindness to the show. You felt that she genuinely cared for the contestants. No knocks against Kara, but she simply doesn't fill the same shoes.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  582. Jan

    I will NOT be watching Idol this season. No one can replace Paula and her energy. She is the biggest plus of the show. This is the last straw.
    Idol will not be the same without Paula's positive encouragement and thoughtful constructive criticism.
    They snubbed Paula. They thought it was just the men that made the show when there were 3 judges. Paula deserves at least equal credit and reward for the show's success.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  583. idolminds

    Quit whining. you all know that American Idol is bigger than any of the judges. All of them could go away and you would still watch. I truly believe that most viewers pay little to no attention to what the judges say anyway.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  584. Jordan

    I for one will not be watching Idol this year. It has become so commercialized, and now with the loss of Paula they have lost my interest. I think AI will hugely regret the direction they are taking this show. Watch for a huge dip in rating this year.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  585. Patikara

    I hate kara and they kept her???
    Not going to watch AI this year
    A.I is over for me

    August 5, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  586. Jim

    Simon's comments were biting, Randy was middle of the road, and Paula was positive. Kara is more middle of the road, sometimes biting. Without Paula, there is no balance. There is now no need to watch Idol.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  587. Deb

    Yes, Paula will be greatly missed on Idol. I have been a fan of Paula's for as long as I can remember. My family is sadden by the news that Paula will not be returning. What is Idol thinking? Paula brings the comfort and positive outlook for every contestant. It takes someone with a big heart to find a kind word when things have gone wrong for a contestant. American Idol you should be ashamed to have let Paula go.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  588. Daja Salon Spa Team

    We are devasted, Paula made the show. We will not watch it ever again.

    I guess all good things come to an end...good luck Pauls-we love you!!

    Daja Salon Spa
    Ventnor NJ 08406

    August 5, 2009 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  589. Nora Kraidman

    I am so happy she is gone. I was always waiting to hear what kind of stupid remark was going to come out of her mouth. She was always kind but it ended there.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  590. rah011

    Don't believe the hype. I say they are doing this on purpose to keep people interested in the show now that it's heading into it's 9th season. Once they are done creating the huge frenzy, in the 11th hour, they will magically offer Paula the money she not only desires but deserves!!! No body wants to see Kara, nice girl but Zzzzzzzzz..........she's no Paula. If I'm wrong and they don't bring Paula back then I feel sorry for this years contestants because they will have to deal with the fall out of her not being there.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  591. Brian Battles

    Feel that AI is making a mistake as I do not care for Kara. Four judges were one too many and Kara should have been shown the door. I have been a reduced viewer over the years and will skip the show until the final.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  592. Aimz

    Idol has Officially Jumped the Shark !!!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  593. David S

    So stupid. She was fluff, but so is the show. She was fun and enjoyable. The others take themselves too seriously.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  594. karen

    I will not miss Paula. Her comments made me cringe. She would babble on and on about their clothes or their hair, sometimes barely a comment about the song itself. I am looking forward to Kara.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  595. Debbie at Tahoe

    I've been an Idol fan since Day 1. Paula balanced out Simon's brutally honest but cutting critiques of the contestants. I can't imagine what the producers are thinking. I don't like Kara and want Paula back. Paula we wish you the best in your long and lucrative career. You go girl! Idol won't be the same without you.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  596. Michelle

    I will miss Paula on the show. I don't think the show will be half as good without her. She showed some kindness to the contestants, which I think is really needed after Simon gets through with them. I don't really care for Kara as a judge. I probably won't watch this season. Good luck to you Paula.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  597. Sharon

    I am so sad that Paula will not be returnig to the show. This will be a huge loss for the show, fans and contestants. I have come to love Paula and hope that some how the network can works things out so that Paula will be back on the show.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  598. Tony

    American Idol made her popular again. Does she really think she can make a comeback on her own?

    August 5, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  599. Jeremy

    A wise sage once said of moves like this one by Idol's producers:

    "Never mess with a winning streak."

    You know what that makes them?

    Lollygaggers.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  600. Todd

    I don't know what people have against Kara. Are we as Americans that against change? Personally I think that a Grammy nominated song writer has a lot to say about how a song is presented. Sure, it won't be the same without Paula, but give Kara a break. She has always been full of constructive criticism as opposed to Paula's fluff.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  601. Antwan

    I am really going to miss her,she was a very big part of the show. Paula, you are worth much more money,and the show will not be the same without you. In closing all I have to say is"Shame on American Idol for not doing the right thing to keep you,and in the long run they are going lose alot of people who has watch you since the beginning of the show. There is no one that can ever take your place.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  602. Sally

    Paula was my favorite judge too! AI will NOT be as entertaining without her. How can they let her go? Big mistake. Paula, we love you!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  603. Brooks

    Well I, along with so many others, will no longer be following this show. Very sad to have lost such a staple to the show. Whether you like or dislike her, she's been such an instrumental part to the success and longevity of this show. Executive Producers and Producers should follow the old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"!!! Just like so many other programs that decided to change formats after many years of success, you will soon see that American Idol will fall prey as well. If this is indeed a publicity stunt like some sites are stating, then I will give koodo's to the folks at FOX for bringing a different type of hype to their new season. If not, best of luck Paula and I think you should move-on and take on a show of your own. You're that talented!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  604. Sjohonson

    I liked Paula as well, but she could work a nerve. Sorry to see her leave, but, she did not make American Idol and the show will go on. All I can say to her is farewell and I hope she has another gig that pays as well as this one did.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  605. JJ

    I speak for 10 people in my office, NONE of whom are going to watch this show without her on it. We can't stand Kara, and think the show will not be the same without Paula!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  606. PKW in N. Ga.

    I too will be leaving "American Idol" unfortunately. I never liked Kara last season, and I had hoped they would go back to the original three judges. I LOVE Paula, and the show will not be the same. Bring Paula back now!!!!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  607. WLC

    Well that makes for bad TV.
    Kara has the personality of a wet noodle.
    Randy is what he is.
    But after all Simon knows what he is doing.

    The show will not be the same.
    I predict ... the last seaon big loss for Coca Cola, Ford and AT&T.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  608. criticcool

    All I can say is: "It's about time!" I think Paula should have been off the show years ago. Her comments were often nonsensical, dragged out. Thank goodness for tivo so I could fast forward when it was Paula's turn to speak. I know folks will disagree with me, but I think these are probably just the same people who also like to rubber neck at an accident on the highway. Watching Paula on the show was like watching a train wreck. No disrespect meant to her as a singer and dancer, for both of which she has talent; but as a judge, she had to go in order for American Idol to maintain what little integrity it has left.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  609. Randy

    Bye, Paula! No more trying to decipher your inane drivel and question whether you are drunk or on pain meds..... Good riddance.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  610. Matt Maloney

    I will miss Paula on the show and don't think Idol will be the same without her. She's talented, humorous and gave sincere feedback to all the Idol contestants. Yeah sometimes she was long with her feedback but who cares? I was checking out her cleavage! HEY NOW!
    I'll miss you Paula!

    August 5, 2009 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  611. Claire

    I think the producers have made a mistake in allowing this to happen. Yes, Idol will go on, but I think they should expect a severe drop in ratings this year with the loss of Paula. If the show survives season 9, perhaps they'll come to their senses and bring her back for season 10.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  612. C Makela

    SO SORRY tp have Paula leave the show -- I have been a fan of American Idol since day 1 and have liked all the talent and comments by Paula, Simon and Randy. I for one do not like Kara and will probably not watch and enjoy the show any more. I realize I am just one person but I think FOX screwed up ----–

    August 5, 2009 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  613. Caren

    I for one will watch it more faithfully now that she isnt there. I never liked when she went on and on.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  614. junior

    Who cares ? she's nuts

    August 5, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  615. Randy

    Yes, definitely going to miss Paula. I never really liked Kara and I think this will hurt the show. Kara should be gone and Paula should have stayed.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  616. M McAdams

    Thank goodness she's leaving. We've been TIVOing throught her drivel for 2 seasons now, trying to avoid her pointless drivel. She may have made the contestants feel better, but I got sick of her constantly interrupting Simon. He seldom interrupted her, but whenever she disagreed she tried to shout him down.

    I think Kara's assessments will be a lot more valuable.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  617. Jericho

    Somehow, I think Life as we know it will go on and likewise, I am sure she will find a new gig to do with bucket loads of money as payment.

    August 5, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  618. terrilee

    I too am competely shocked that Paula will not be back on Idol. It won't be the same without her, and you know the old saying "if it aint broke, don't fix it"! I am still holding out that the Idol producers will come to their senses and bring her back. She's the balance that the contestants need. Shame on Idol..it will be the beginning of the end for them I believe!

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  619. Cathy

    Who's this Kara and why is she on the show. We love Paula....bring her back!

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  620. John

    Paula was my favorite judge. This show is run by Brits. They can give Simon 43 million but can't give Paula less than half that. I am so done with American Idol. Once the viewership drops and the sponsors won't pay the highcost of advertising they are done for. Their greediness will be the downfall of this show.

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