**Paula quitting AI is sad. Paula is love! Idol will never be the same again. 😦
US singer Paula Abdul has announced she will not be returning for a ninth season as a judge on the hugely popular television reality show “American Idol.”
Abdul, whose eccentricities while on the judging panel of the most widely viewed talent show in television history became a staple of the program, dropped her bombshell via a Tuesday night “tweet” — a message on the microblogging service Twitter.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL,” Abdul wrote.
“I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all… being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon.”
She did not give a reason for her departure, but reading the tea leaves about her future on the show had been a popular pastime in US entertainment circles. Read the full article here,