"American Idol" host, Ryan Seacrest, is "bummed" about Paula Abdul's exit. Photo credit: Sam Jones, courtesy of Fox
Ryan Seacrest weighed in on Paula Abdul leaving American Idol on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest this morning. The Idol host says this is no publicity stunt and that Paula is in fact calling it quits.
Seacrest would “love” for all parties involved in the show, including Paula, to changed their minds, but as of right now, no joke, she’s outta there.
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Paula Abdul will "not return to 'Idol.' " Photo courtesy of Fox
Former American Idol Producer, Nigel Lythgoe had plenty to say about Paula Abdul leaving the reality show. AbdulTweeted right around 7:00 p.m. PT Tuesday night that “with sadness in my heart I’ve decided not to return to Idol.”
Lythgoe believes that it’s a big blow for Idol contestants who need Abdul to offer a kind word when the other judges lower the boom. But, he also points out that it is the contestants who are the soul of the show and keep viewers coming back for more.
Click onto video for Nigel Lythgoe‘s full comments on Paula Abdul‘s exit from American Idol.
“I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,” she wrote, “but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon.”
Fox had no immediate comment.
Her apparent decision came one day after Fox said Kara DioGuardi would return as a judge next season. The show is preparing for the first appearance, later this month, of potential contestants for the show’s ninth season before the judging panel.
Ms. Abdul’s contract expired at the end of last season, and she had been negotiating for a substantial raise from the estimated $2 million that she earned last year.
Ms. Abdul had said that she wanted to return to the show, and Fox Broadcasting and the show’s producers had said they want her back. Last week on Twitter she had written, “I hope you can understand I can only return to Idol if the deal is fair.”
Season Six "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks on tour with the Jonas Brothers
Jordin Sparks has been on tour with the Jonas Brothers since June, so it’s not surprising she’s seen the romance bloom between Kevin Jonas and his fiancee, Danielle Deleasa. She gave Ryan Seacrest an earful on his radio show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest, after the host admitted the engagement seemed premature to him.
The season six American Idolwinner also confessed to Seacrest that her biggest challenge is learning to budget her time with such an ridiculously-full dance card and how she’s coping with fame.
Click onto link for Ryan Seacrest‘s full interview with Idol‘s youngest winner, Jordin Sparks.
The controversial fourth judge had a bit of a rough ride during her first season, clashing with den mother Simon Cowell and taking a bit of blame for programs running over in the wind-up to the finale. But according to press release issued Monday morning, the Grammy-nominated Adam Lambert superfan is onboard for season nine of the top-rated reality competition, which kicks off in January.
“We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with ‘Idol,’ ” said Simon Fuller, the show’s creator and executive producer in the statement. “She is a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara’s championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct.”
Abdul has been mum about the talks, but tweeted on Thursday that, “I’ve been quiet as we are trying to work out details of how I can return to ‘Idol.’ ” Perhaps setting fans up for a possible departure, she added, “Whatever happens with ‘Idol,’ I love you guys. … I will give you updates on how things are going, to the extent I can.”