Paula Abdul has officially left “American Idol,” but she may not be out of the judge’s seat for long.
Paula released a statement on her resignation via Twitter last night, writing, “With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to ‘Idol’ I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon.”
“What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me,” she continued. “It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month.”
Paula, who was making between $2 million and $3 million a year, was negotiating for a higher salary when she decided to the step down from the “American Idol” judge panel.
According to TMZ.com, show producers made her offer that, to her, wasn’t exactly one she couldn’t refuse. “American Idol” turned down her counter offer and proposed another deal, but instead of accepting it, she quit.
Now, “A.I.” producer Nigel Lythgoe has given her an open invite to be a guest judge on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
– Sonya Eskridge