Paula Abdul had this to say:
"With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to [American Idol]. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1 become an international phenomenon.I'm not sure what is next for Paula Abdul but we at The Fresh Music Page wish her the best of luck. I can also say that I will no longer be a regular watcher of American Idol. Let's face it the talent has not been pouring out recently anyway.
What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month."