August 5th, 2009
12:19 AM ET
It's official: Paula Abdul, the occasionally loopy judge who spent eight seasons lauding "American Idol" contestants even as fellow judge Simon Cowell tore them apart, won't be back in January for season nine. And to hear the show - and Abdul - tell it, it's her call. Here's the statement from FOX, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment:
And here are Abdul's tweets, for that handful of fans not checking her Twitter activity every five minutes:
So what had been rumored seemingly forever - especially since Kara DiGuardi joined the judges' table - has finally come to pass. How do you feel about it, "Idol" fans?
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