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Paula Abdul Quits American Idol

Fans have been questioning the status of Paula Abdul’s “American Idol” contract for weeks, but last night the singer put rumors to rest on Twitter.com, posting on her profile that after eight seasons, she will not be returning as a judge on Idol.

FOX television issued a statement saying "While Paula will not be continuing with us, she's a tremendous talent and we wish her the best."

Earlier reports claimed Abdul’s manager said Paula’s return was unlikely, noting that negotiations had become “unnecessarily hurtful.” But according to Abdul, in the end it was her own decision not to return to the hit show.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return.. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon,” Abdul wrote.

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