American Idol 2010: Paula Abdul Quitting Idol – Confirmed

Last season Paula Abdul predicted that having a 4th judge would be a problem for American Idol. Well, American Idol 2010 won’t have to worry about that issue because Abdul just confirmed that she will NOT be returning to Idol!

Small Screen Scoop compiled Paula Abdul’s Twitter messages:

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 day 1 become 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. It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month. I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.

Could this just be a public move to finally get the huge paycheck she wants and, honestly, deserves? I hope Paula comes back as the show just won’t be the same without her. Let’s see how this plays out.

What do you think? Will you watch without Paula Abdul as a judge on American Idol 2010 or would you be done with the show? Share your thoughts!

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  1. With economy the way it is, it is a shame that these people get so much money. No one need 8 figures of saleries.

  2. @Marilyn: I agree that Paula might not need that much money, but considering what a cash cow Idol is for Fox and how many years she’s put in to supporting and lending her name when that show had no credibility (Seacrest, Simon, and Randy were no-names in the US before this) then I think it’s reasonable that they owe her a fair cut of its massive earnings.

    It’s all relative. It’s definitely a huge amount of money, but the show is making an even huger amount of money.

  3. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that Ryan Seacrest receives 40 Million and you offer Paula 4 Million. I knew this was going to happen when that SNAKE Kara DioGuardi joined the show last year and thinks she knows everything AND IS OBNOXIOUS. I think you should do yourself a big favour and negotiate a better deal with Paula, she is an ICON of the show and it won’t be the same without her. If you don’t I sincerely think you’ll lose a lot of viewers and your ratings will go down. Please Simon, renegotiate.

  4. I think it stinks, that they won’t give Paula what she wants. After all, who thinks Ryan is worth 4 million? Come onnnn! Paula belongs with the show, alot more then Ryan. It is wrong not to offer her something more. Get rid of Judge 4 and pay Paula. I would rather look at her than Kara.

    I think AI will lose viewers and the ratings will go down without Paula. Please Simon, renegotiate.

  5. I am sad that Paula isnt going to be there and i hope it changes she is the sweet part of the show and they need all of the diffent personalys to make it work i dont know if in going to watchit this year

  6. it realy breaks my heart to know paula ist going to be there the three fit together she is not the one that should go if you know what i mean they should keep it like it was

  7. Well Idol is down to two judges now, kira, or what ever her name is, is just a puppet, she would repeat everything Randy said, she was always clueless.

    Paula was great, I can not believe they would not give her what she wanted, the show makes a small fortune, I think it will not be the same with out Paula, and I will probably get sick of that idiot judge they brought on last year, I used to have to mute her.

  8. It would appear poor Paula is being left out …. like the Chinese saying goes, ‘after crossing the river, they are pulling off the bridge now’…….its just not fair!

  9. Ryan Secrest was offered forty million and Paula four? Is that really true, no wonder she quit, they work with the idols all week, how can fox deem Ryan worth so much more.

    Unreal, and who ever said get rid of Kara and pay Paula more, good idea.

  10. Good riddance to bad rubbish ! Paula serves no purpose as a judge in the show, she never said anything constructive, never helped the contestants in anyway, all she did was talking rubbish. She said she will miss “nurturing all the new talent”, excuse me? nurturing? At least Kara gave constructive criticisms, she told the contestants where exactly were their weaknesses and how to technically improve..

  11. American Idol will definitely not be the same without Paula… I was rather put-off by the addition of DioGuardi because I didn’t feel the 4th judge was really needed and her long winded judging remarks which grew progressively boring to me. However, she did win me over with her surprise interruption of Bikini Girl’s horrible performance and her bra and panties reveal in the finale show.

    I was an avid fan of American Idol and was in awe of season eight’s final 12 contestant’s talent but after experiencing the extremely flawed voting method that kept so many of the Adam Lambert fans from getting their votes through and now to add insult to injury the news of Paula Abdul not returning to the show, I very much doubt that my DVR will not be programmed to record AI this coming season.

  12. The show will not be the same if Paula Abdul does not come back to the show. She will be greatly missed. Please come back Paula. We love you.

  13. It won’t be the same… Even as “Goofy” she can be it still will not be the same. So what is the scoop on why she wants to leave?

  14. Paula should be made to stay and Kara, This way we retain the original flavour of AI while injection new freshness with Kara being the addition. Anyway, without Paula the show would never be the same though she is not the main draw. I would give up watching AI without Paula

  15. Big mistake not bringing Paula back. The old saying if it is not broke do not fix it. The show has been great the way it was 3 judges then this year 4. DO not take away part of the founders or watch it will start going down hill this year in ratings. Many people like the balance and kindness PAula brings.

  16. The show won’t be the same without Paula. I really don’t blame her though, after all the cracks about her drinking and so forth.
    The woman is an entertainer and a well respected one at that, but she has been the subject of speculation and ridicule. I will definitely miss her. Kara will never take the place of Paula

  17. Paula is not “American Idols” – the contestants are..like they say – “The show must go on”

  18. I enjoy Paula as she seems to really care for the contestants. She will be missed and I hope the show reconsiders her request for more money. This has nothing to do with Kara. Randy and Kara seemed to team up while Simon and Paula did their thing. I love the show and will watch no matter who judges because it is about the singers. They are there to launch their careers and we all get to be part of it. So please, Mr. Simon Fuller, pay Paula and lets get on with it.

  19. In as much as Simon almost has the final say in these competitions, the show will DEFINITELY NEVER BE THE SAME without Paula. Even when it appeared she ate her words, it was part of the thrill. AMERICAN IDOL, dont you guys think you are making a huge mistake by letting her go? This girl has served you well since inception. Why not reward her in return with a good pay check she deserves. MIND YOU, KARA CAN NEVER AND WILL NEVER REPLACE OUR DEAR PAULA.

  20. paula adds class and charm to idol and most of all shes good at what she does. ill watch the show but i may not like it.

  21. Those greedy foxes are kidding.The puppet can never be a replacement for Paula. IMPOSSIBLE!!! You kids should think again. HUGE MISTAKE!!!

  22. Paula brings charisma and class to the show which KARA simply lacks no matter how hard she tries.The money would have better spent keeping it a threesome. Kara brings nada to the table.

  23. I like Kara but as an addition not as a replacement for Paula.
    Paula does do some strange and annoying things sometimes but I dont think idol would be the same without her. I think she genuinely likes helping the new talent. it is showbiz after all.

  24. Paula is one of the pillars of AMERICAN IDOL. Without her the show will never be the same again. She is the darling, sweetheart and a person whose motivating new talents to reach on their dreams and who always says” never give up”. She molds new talents to show their best and be a real performer.

  25. Well All I can say is this. I looked forward to the new season as I do every year and to see all of the judges and Paula being one of them from day one deserves to be paid!! I will miss her happy smiling face. She was a joy to watch as well as the other 2 dog and Simon. They were great as a threesome. I get up every day at 5 AM to do my chores and would have to drink coffee at night just to stay awake to watch Idol it was worth it and great entertainment thru the winter months into the spring. Everyone I know says the same thing it will never be American Idol without Paula. She thinks she has a heavy heart about this well we all feel the same here in the country and the mountain country. It was nice to get snowed in and watch the show we always knew what we were going to see the best of the best on TV when the show aired!!! Now I think not so much without her. I will find it very hard to watch the show without her there. I am sure it will be boring and probably will watch another TLC reality show instead of Idol Fox makes plenty of Money from Idol!!! The rating’s will fall I ma afraid but you only get what you pay for Simon!

  26. Forgot to tell you SIMON this American Idol will never be the same without Paula. I think the only way we could except this was if in a deep coma in a hospital some where or if she had a bad experience in life to prevent her from appearing on the show. Please do not mess the show up !!! Give her a decent $$$$$$ To make her want to stay. Seacrest has all his other things going on in life that is $$$$ Beneficial to him. I grant you Paula also but not like him! She deserves her spot at that table and also the proper amount of $$$$ To do it.What are you thinking. I knew you were up to this last season with the new girl on the block to replace Paula and let the new one fit in .Well let me tell you she could not hold a candle to Paul Abdul at a handshake. Not the same talent as Paula has to offer. Sorry if I offended her but just our opinion here, You are making a hugh Mistake.

  27. Show will NOT be the same without Paula- I loved Paula and Simon’s interaction with each other.
    Don’t know if I will watch

  28. I will not be watching. Just gave me the reason for not being hooked on this show. Good luck to you Paula, whatever you choose to do, I know you will be successful.

  29. PAULA PLEASE DON’T GO. KARA HAS NO PERSONALITY, THE SHOW WILL GO DOWN THE TUBES WITHOUT YOU. THE SHOW WAS MORE BALANCED WITH YOU, WE DON’T NEED HER AND HER DRY UNCARING PERSONALITY!! SIMON MAY BE BRUTALLY HONEST, BUT AT LEAST HE SHOW SOME EMOTION.

  30. Why not get rid of Seacrest. It would be a lot easier to accept another host than to lose Paula! She and Simon make the show. Kara has no personality, at all. she is boring, boring, boring (pressed the Mute button when she spoke last year) C’mon Simon, surely YOU know the show won’t be the same without Paula. Get rid of the Boring Judge (Kara) and pay Paula $$$$ b/c losing her will surely hurt the ratings.

  31. I like Paula a lot better than the new girl.
    I think thwey should bring Paula back, use some of Simon’s pay check to give her a raise.

  32. I hate that Paula is not returning to Idol. I do not like Kara and I will probably not watch Idol when it comes back on.

  33. I can’t believe that AI would keep boring Kara instead of Paula. I am really uset that they would do that to her after all the years she has been on the show. Kara was the worse msitake that AI has ever made. No I will not watch AI without Paula, if they can pay rude Simon that kind of money and Ryan then why in the world couldn’t they pay her what she wants! It is bull, and rude and I am sure hurtful to her. She is the only one of them that truly cares about the singers, the rest are just rude and mean and should be let go instead of Paula.
    Janet

  34. Hi,

    I think that Paula has been a great balance for AI judges panel. She promoted beautiful fashion by he appearance, wit, adequate responds in comments and sense of humor.

    I also think that all AI judges do the same work so then they should be paid equally. Judges make the AI interesting, dry responds from judges would be boring (for example, Ms.Kara…sorry). It may be very hard to enrich Simon’s comments, Paula was a great oponent and partner. BUT the show will go on…..

    ES

  35. I think America should boycott the show. Lets see what happens the next year! How can we leave messages for the producers of AI, I think if we all bombard them with complaints them may change their tune! Get rid of Kara and go back to the old version. Kara jusr repeats whatever Randy says this is just stupid! It is insulting to Paula as well.

  36. I feel American Idol will not be the same without Paula. She was a darling and was so nice to the contestants. I also loved her interaction with Simon. Things will not be the same. I hope she reconsiders or the network will give her the pay increase she so well deserves.

  37. Why is it always about money? But is MONEY the reason why Paula has quit? The public dont know what goes on behind the scenes. I love American Idol.. and Paula. Will surely miss her. Wont be the same without her. I trust she reconsiders… She is my favourite judge.

  38. I don’t think it will make any difference to the fans that watch the show. I beleive that this show is about talent not judging. Altho sometimes I think the judges think the show is about them.

  39. I think the show will not be the same without Paula Abdul. I still do not understand why they had to get another judge. American Idol was perfectly fine with Simon, Paula and Randy. That is my opinion. I do not think that many will watch this show without Paula. What I do not understand is why everyone else was offered massive paychecks, except Paula. I am thinking that they got Kara to eventually replace Paula. That sucks!

  40. Hello!!!!everyone!!! here we are again..comments comments comments,never ending commments.,but I like it..Just hope everybody,s okey and soooo healthy.
    Paula must stay on the line..and get rid of kara,kura karateka..hhmmmn whatever.love you guys!!

  41. Lets start a boycott of the show and email all our friends in our address books here and overseas. Maybe we will get what we want out of this yes they all do the same job and all should have equal PAY! THIS IS AMERICA! We have freedom of speech and Isay get her back now !

  42. I agree you fanny Paula must stay on the line not kara:( AI will lost millions of viewers without Paula Abdul,.???????

  43. I wil be really sad to see Paula leave..she was always positive influence on these young people…something most of them never receive. I will still watch it but I will be very sad..none of the other judges have the compassion Paula has..I love her and her sincerity.

  44. I agree it will not be the same without Paula and I will not watch. Kara is not nearly as likable or funny. I heard this morning that Posh Spice–aka–Victoria Beckham may take Paula’s place. She’s even less personable than Kara, and is extremely dislikable. I think the show is not going to last much longer at this rate.

  45. paula makes american idol and it just won’t be the same without her..I know my friends and I will stop watching!Having said that i wish Paula all the best and I know rhar no matter what she does she’ll be great at it.

  46. I’ve always honestly wondered why they even have judges. Because, all they ever did up until last season was commentary. The antics between Paula and Simon were getting more and more ridiculous as time went on, and I’ve actually felt embarrassed for her when she would come on totally messed up on her drugs. Kara is just flat irritating. Simon thinks it’s all about him. Randy is without doubt, the most real person on the panel. But again I ask, why is there a panel in the first place? And now there’s talk about bringing that spice girl on? Oh GAG. Maybe, despite what the show is supposed to be about, just maybe it’s time for it to fold. Then they can start a new show. JUDGE THE JUDGES.

  47. If one judge had to go then, it would not have been Paula ! Probably Cara…Paula makes the show, but it was her choice to leave and her choice only…Good Luck Paula, we all have Faith in you !

  48. Its not going to be the same with out Paula, she knows how hard you have to work to get noticed in the music business. She has done everything from singing, dancing, acting etc… what have Randy and Simon done? And Kara what has she done, if she is not as well known as Paula then it couldn’t have been that good. It is not going to be the same and the show is going to suffer for it. I am not even excited to watch now. American Idle made a big mistake. Who makes these decisions anyway? some stuff shirt behind a desk who never had a life!

  49. I don’t watch because of the judges, I watch the talent. If anyone left, though, I wish it would have been the one sitting to her left. He’s too rude for my taste.

  50. I think Paula’s absence will improve the show. She rambles and gushes and provides no real value as far as commentary. I DVR so I can zoom through most of the judges’ comments.

  51. WELCOME BACK IDOL FANS…..I SEE SOME VERY FAMILIAR NAMES….HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL SUMMER……NOW….WHAT IS GOING ON? I AM TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED THAT PAULA IS NOT COMING BACK…..HER AND SIMON HAD ON SCREEN CHEMISTRY THAT WE ALL CAME TO LOOK FORWARD TO…..KARA….KARA IS BORING…..NO SPICE AT ALL…..BUT RUMOR HAS IT THAT SHE MIGHT BE GOING TO SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE AS A JUDGE…..I REALLY HOPE THIS IS A PLOY TO GET HER BACK BUT WE’LL HAVE TO STAY TUNED……
    WITH OR WITHOUT PAULA, I KNOW I’LL BE WEATCHING AI….I’;M STILL HAVING WITHDRAWALS..LOL

  52. I think that without Paula, it will be the beginning of the end for American Idol ! I was very unhappy last season with the new judge on your show. It was obvious she was there to push Paula out ! Shame on all of you for the disrespect you have shown Paula ! I will NOT watch because of what you’ve done.

  53. the show will go on without paula, if you bring v.beckham on i will not be watching it, i have watched aidol from the begining.
    she is useless what does she know about music?
    please please please please dont have her on the show

  54. Paula should be treated fairly as everyone got an increase in pay so should she! She has been the one that keeps it interesting among the judges always keeping the fans guessing what she is going to say to Simon or to the contestant. I hope that she is made an offer that she will return to idol as she is a strong pillar of the show! Having 4 judges will not hurt just make it more interesting among the judges…

  55. I really don’t want Paula to leave. Last season with that Kara or what ever her name is, made me want to leave the room every time she spoke! It was obvious to me that she was there just to upset things, Paula for sure. To me Paula is so great with the contestants, she really makes them feel that they have a chance, a little motherly love there in other words. Kara forget it, she is a fake if I have ever seen one. The show does not need someone with a snobby attitude like Kara has. I can not promise that I can watch or not. And to think this has been my number one show every season since the beginning!

  56. I just sent out emails to everyone I know and posted on Facebook and myspace:Please boycott American Idol in order to protest the unfair and disrespectful treatment of Paula by the powers that be ! It is not only wrong, but also sexsist !

  57. COME ON PEOPLE IT’S NOT CALLED AMERICAN JUDGES. ONE JUDGE DOES NOT A SHOW MAKE. LET THE TALENT BE THE SHOW

  58. This may be the end of American Idol. I don’t know why they ever got a fouth judge to start with. The three judges they had Paula, Randy, and Simon had a chemistry, especially Paula and Simon. There other judege no one had ever heard of. I did enjoy seeing her in the finally with binnki girl. I hope the show continues, but I think they will lose viewers.

  59. I think I will still watch, but I will miss Paula. It’s true that the show is about the talent but having the judges is altogether much more fun esp the comments and reactions haha. Why does she have to go? so much for paychecks…

  60. i think it will hurt American idol but they know people will still watch so they don’t care.

  61. Paula was an extremely important part of American Idol. She softened the guy’s remarks plus she had some very good incites. She will be missed!

  62. Of course I will still watch the show…I didn’t watch the show because Paula was a judge, I watched it because I enjoyed the show. I think she is just annoyed because she is not the only female judge anymore. She enjoyed the attention she is no longer getting all by herself. And the salary has alot to do with it too. She will find something else….

  63. Do you really think that Paula is not one of the stars of the show?You will find out shortly when interest decreases.I for one dont think I will watch.The interaction between Paula and Simon was part of the fun of watching the show.What a way to destroy a good production.I guess all good things have an ending.Bring her back at any cost or the curtain will come down.

  64. Its not going to be the same with out Paula, she knows how hard you have to work to get noticed in the music business. She has done everything from singing, dancing, acting etc… And Kara what has she done? Kara acts like a snob. No one has the personality that Paula has, she was great on the show. If everyone else got a big pay raise then why didn’t she, thats not right. Paula needs a raise too so she will come back. It is not going to be the same and the show is going to suffer for it. I am not even excited to watch now. American Idle made a big mistake, and they will figure it out when, and I know the show is about talent but you have to have good judges too.

  65. I think the show is making a big mistake by not giving Paula a pay raise she deserves it take the money that would go to Kara and give it to Paula. Every time Kara spoke I hit the mute button she doesn’t have anything to say except what she repeats from the other judges. Paula has worked hard to get where she is. without her imput and the respect she shows the contestants and the help she gives them I think the show will suffer . Taking Paula off and leaving Kara is the worse thing the show can do I don’t think I will watch it anymore. Kara hurts the show Paula helps the show and gives it class.

  66. It was a grave mistake on American Idol’s part for not giving Paula Abdul the same compensation as the others were given. I have watched every Idol show since it’s beginning, but will not see another. Paula was one of the original judges, and should receive the same salary as the other original judges,and it host – Ryan Seacrest. What makes one better than the other? They all contribute the same to the show so why the discrimination against Paula. I think you will find that a lot of people will not be watching next season because of your mistake to let her go.

  67. Love Simon and Randy…but did no like the new judge. Paula will truly be missed..and like lots of other people, I am done with AI.

  68. OF COURSE I’ll watch the show again, hell, I fast forwarded through Paula’s comments anyway!

  69. Don’t care if Paula comes back or not…she always was a little loopy to me and never really gave anyone their true criticisms…she was too soft…the new gal…ugh!!!

  70. If she leaves,I will no longer watch the show. I have been watching American Idol since the beginning. NO MORE.

  71. I am saddened by the news that Paula is leaving AI! Definitely not watching AI anymore. But, can you believe this? Victoria Beckham is going to be a guest judge! ugh! what does she know about talent when she has none???

  72. I like Paula and Simons chemistry.I enjoyed it very much.Paula looks like a cute BARBIE DOLL to me.She has more talent than Kara.from choreography,dancing ,acting etc..If she really determined not to come back on AI,pretty sure we all missed her.

  73. Idol just won’t be the same without her. Not sure if I’d watch as faithfully as I have in the past. She should come back! And she should be paid what she deserves. I prefer Paula over Kara. PLEASE, Paula! Come on back!

  74. Paula, yes she’s nice but listening to her talk is like fingernails on a black board. Like someone had commented on her earlier “you want to hit her on the back and say…come on girl get it out”

  75. Let her quit if she wants to be greedy! I mean, she should just be happy to have a job! I personally don’t think she really brought anything to the show at all. All she ever did was agree with Randy and pretty much just rehashed whatever he said. And she thought she was such a hotshot using words like “authenticity”! It’ll be interesting to see how the show changes without her.

  76. I will watch the show even without Paula. Yes, she is good but the show will go on without her something I don’t think would be possible if Simon left. I think $15 million is too much to pay Ryan as well and I gather Paula wants $10 million. These folks should have to live in the real working world!

  77. Paula Randy and our Simon is what American Idol is about,They should all be there. So please Simon make Paula stay.ps,I think Danny Gokey should have won.x

  78. Not having Paula is like cutting an artery. The show will not be viewed by me anymore. It is a shame that the 3 arteries of the show, Randy, Simon, and last but not least precious Paula will not be together. THEY MADE THE SHOW! Like the old saying, If is isn’t broken, then why fix it? Sum it up in 3 words…DUMB, DUMBER, AND DUMBEST! We love ya Paula, and will miss you terribly.

  79. I dont want to watch american idol now without Paula. She is the best judje all of them. Kara boring…………..! Plese come back Paula. Here in Sweden so many people now are very sad after they found out that Paula is not coming back. So Simon can u please negotiate to her. If s not u will lost a lot of viewers. I dont like that Paulas not there. Please Paula come back…….!

  80. ofcourse i will still watch. it’s all about the talents, not the judges. if simon will be the one leaving, surely, i won’t watch anymore. hehehe…i agree with r&b though…kris winning was not right!

  81. NO. Definately No. HATE Kara.. loved the other 3… Nah will be looking to a different time slot or show.
    🙁

    Bring Paula Back

  82. WHAT DO WE THINK? BOO TO NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, OR ANY OTHER PERSON YOU PICK TO GUEST HOST! I WILL NOT BE WATCHING AMERICAN IDOL AGAIN WITH OUT THE LOVELY PAULA1 AS ONE OTHER FAN SAID UP ABOVE. IT WILL NOT BE ANY FUN WITH OUT PAULA! I HAVE LOVED HER EVER SINCE I FIRST SAW HER! I AM A GRANDMOTHER. AND I LOVE ALL OF MY CHILDREN I ADOPT FROM TELEVISION!!! AND I DO HOPE YOU PEOPLE AT AMERICAN IDOL READ THIS. I HOPE YOUR RATINGS GO WAY DOWN TOO! AND PS. PAULA IS NOT A DIVA. WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE OF AMERICAN IDOL IS A DIVA! SIMONE WHY DIDN’T YOU USE YOU CLOUT TO KEEP PAULA?? SHAME ON YOU!!

  83. American Idol will not be the same without Pasula. I think that 3 judges are all that is needed….the fourth one is just too many. I feel like Kara should go and Paula should stay…it needs to stay as it used to be, Simon, Paula, and Randy. Those three make a great team!!!!!! It will NEVER EVER be the same without Paula!!!!!!

  84. NO. Definately No. HATE Kara.. loved the other 3… Nah will be looking to a different time slot or show.
    🙁

    Bring Paula Back;. All the best!!

  85. Paula was essential part of the team. What is the deal with Kara anyway. The very first season and she exposes herself shamelessly. Paula has to be back. Everyone is getting a huge pay rate …so why not her. Cut Kara’s rate and give it to Paula…

  86. Paula is the first and best judge she knows great talent .without her i am sadden and i dont want her to quit.let there be simon paula and randy and thats what american idol was built on and they will go down if you dont get her back .paula i will miss you the best judge eevr and performer come back let her and give her what she wants .noone else can take her place noone

  87. MS Ronnie You tell them girl! Tell Simone to use some of his considerable clout to bring Paula back! We need her sweetness to make the contestants not feel like such loosers. I for one will not be watching american idol anymore. IT WILL BE BORING WITH OUT THE LOVELY PAULA ABDUL. THE TRUE AMERICAN IDOL IS SIMONE ,PAULA AND RANDY!

  88. Will NOT watch the show anymore. It wont be the same. I HATED Kara, she is too snobby. I want it to go back to just Randy, Paula, and Simon. That is what American Idol was built on.

  89. although i am an enormous fan of paulas i have to say the drama and constant nagging with simon was getting out of controll. there were times when my young children asked whats wrong with her frankly i wondered if she was tipsy a couple of times myself. she would go on,and on at many times and you are in too much suspence to wait for the gibberish to finish. ellen is another one of my very favorite people and i think she was possitively a brilliant choice

  90. Hire Paula back she is better than the other woman the snake. and Ellen .Ellen is to funny for this kind of show and shouldn’t be a judge.You should be serious not a comedian she will not do well as a judge

  91. My dear Chris You thought poor Paula who has had 18 surgerys was a bit tipsy at times. I think you need to go down and have 5 or 6 surgerys and see how you feel afterwards. PLEASE HAVE THEM ON YOUR BACK. YOU NEVER HEARD PAULA WHINING, OR BLUBBERING ABOUT THE SEVERE PAIN SHE WAS IN. THAT’S BECAUSE PAULA ABDUL IS A CHRISTIAN. ELLEN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE AS A COMEDIAN. BUT NO ONE WANT TO LISTEN TO HER STUPID REMARKS AND UNFUNNY JOKES .. THIS IS A SINGING COMPETITION. NOT A COMEDIAN COMPETITION. YOUR POOR LITTLE BABYS WILL SURELY LAUGH AT HER DUMB CORNY JOKES. I WONDER HOW SIMONE WILL LIKE IT? HE GETS PLENTY OF MONEY SO HE AND RANDY CAN ROLL THEIR EYES BEHIND ELLENS BACK AND LAUGH.

  92. I will not watch a show with Ellen on it. So now I will not be watching my formerly favorite show on TV. I enjoyed Paula’s comments as she always had a positive comment to give to the performers and I usually agreed with her on how the contestants performed. You will lose many viewers with this change. Does Ellen know music? Paula really did!

  93. GET OVER IT ALREADY!!!YES PAULA WILL BE MISSED AND LOVED ALWAYS BUT GIVE ELLEN A CHANCE THE VIEWERS DONT WATCH IT FOR TO SEE THE JUDGES THEY CALL IN TO VOTE FOR THE CONTESTANTS AND PEOPLE SHOULD BE VOTING FOR PEOPLE FOR THE VOICE AND TALLENT ETC NOT BECAUSE THE JUDGES LIKE OR DONT LIKE THIS OR THAT.MAYBE ELLEN DOESNT KNOW AS MUCH ABOUT MUSIC AS RANDY OR SIMON BUT SHE HANDS DOWN KNOWS PEOPLE MORE THAN THEM AND THAT IS HELPFUL BECAUSE THE CONTESTANTS AT TIMES NEED TO LIGHTEN UP AND RELAX AND I THINK THATS EXACTLY WHAT IS NEEDED AND WHAT ELLEN CAN CONTRIBUTE.

  94. Chris, Sorry but you are wrong, wrong about Ellen!I agree with EVELYN above!! THANK-YOU EVELYN!! YOU SAID IT ALL BETTER THAN I COULD!! I WILL NOT BE WATCHING THIS YEAR EITHER WITH OUT PAULA. THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE SHOW!!
    I am a hugh fan of Ellen as a comedian!! But a music expert? UHH NOOO! And she says she is on the same level as Simone? That is a joke. Ellen loves music. But she is not a record producer like Simone. She doesn’t find great stars like Leona Lewis who Simone found. And Paula is so sweet. Her fans are going to miss her terribly! I am sure a lot of them are like me and are not going to watch AI this year. I might watch a few times to see what happens when Ellen gets in Simone’s face as she says she is going to.Just for the fun of it. IT SHOULD BE A HUGH LAUGH! I AM SURE SIMONE CAN HOLD HIS OWN WITH ELLEN.ALSO THE RATINGS ON AI ARE GOING TO GO DOWN THE TUBES THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE WRONG PERSON WON. IT WAS IN LAST WEEKS TV GUIDE. IT PLAINLY SAID THE WRONG PERSON WON AMERICAN IDOL LAST YEAR!!! SHERRY

  95. I agree with Sherry’s last comment on the 1st of October. It should always be the 3 main judges from the beginning. You are right about the wrong person winning idol last year. Adam Lambert should’ve won it hands down. He had the most raw, original talent on the show. While they all a talented (well at least most) That was the wrong person. But that is just an opinion. Ellen as a judge, I think Not, now that is a joke.

  96. it doesnt matter what ellen is and i like her.It’s the fact that paula was on the show for the first time to the last time and we need simon to hire her back as he also likes her alot.Simon please hire her back becasue without paula the show will neevr be the same .all 3 were ment to be

  97. The show will not be very interesting without Paula Abdul and I have a problem with Ellen being a judge. I’m afraid she will vote mostly for women!

  98. To L. Cooper; You are right about Paula. She is a sweatheart. And the kids need someone to let them down kindly!! And who ever that was that posted she could at least put a sentence together should be ashamed!!!!!!How many surgerys have you had Ms? I have had 5 on my shoulder alone!! Paula has had about 7 or 8 on her back!! Leave her alone!! She may seem like a whako sometimes. But try taking pain meds and see how you come across! It isn’t nice to pick on the disabled. You are bad!!! Simon please see if you can’t get them to bring Paula back!!

  99. WHOOPS CLICKED THE BUTTON TO QUICK!! MAYBE I HAD 1 PAIN PILL TO MANY TODAY BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN RAINING HERE FOR 2 MONTHS ALMOST WITH OUT STOPPING. AND RAIN AND COLD DO NOT AGREE WITH PLATES AND SCREWS IN THE BODY. AND I DO NOT NEED ANY SYMPATHY.OR AM NOT LOOKING FOR ANY. YOU LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT! I MEANT TO SAY PAULA IS A SWEET HEART!!!AND I DID MEAN TO SAY ” LEAVE HER ALONE! “

  100. American Idol-will NOT be the same without Paula Abdul. Get rid of Kara-she doesn’t belong there.It was fantastic with just the 3 of them. Didn’t like it as much last year and if Paula leaves the show-I will lose interest. Please-don’t let that happen !!!!!

  101. American Idol will not be the same without Paula she was my favorite judge.. I am not sure i will carry on watching idol with her gone. And this whole Ellen DeGeneres to take Paula’s place is just insane. That sure is a big turn down with her on the show..

  102. I’m very disappointed that Paula won’t be on the show anymore, she was the nice one of the three and always let people down easily (unless of course they absolutely SUCKED!)
    Although, I’m actually looking forward to Ellen being a judge on the show! I love Ellen, but she’ll never take Paula’s place bc Paula was simply amazing!! 🙂

  103. i think it is the show that makes us watch it not anyone else so i will and always watch the show. my hubby and i go to the concert of the top 10 no matter wher it is. about paula good by if i want to see a drug/alcholic i can watch the people on the streets

  104. I agree with “when it’s not broken, don’t fix it”. Randy, Paula and Simon where American Idol. Why bring on Kara? Maybe if Kara was not an extra expense, Paula could have earned what she deserved. I am saddened she has left. She was the “heart” in American Idol.

  105. will not watch IDOL because Paula is no longer a judge. Ellen Degenerate has no business giving musical advice. Come on IDOL, you let a reknown choreographer/musician leave to pick up a someone who makes a mockery out of everything and everyone…if you don’t believe me, just watch her show.

  106. I am upset upon Paula not returning, and replace by Ellen. This woman is okay to do talk shows, but not judging singing. What is she going to do? Tell them a joke?? How many people does it sing a horrible song? Please, bring Paula back she made the show. With the entire panel of judges, I loved the show and listened to everyone comments. If Paula isn’t coming back…don’t replace her with Ellen!! The ratings will go down, and show will be a flop.

  107. I agree it was the chemistry that made the show. I think Americans will tune in becasue we are drawn to the talent search. It won’t be the same and my guess is she was not being paid as much as Simon and Randy. I would leave too. = I hope the ratings are low and the show looses sponsorship. If they don’t bring her back next year, I predict that someone else, either Ryan or Randy will bail.

  108. I will miss Paula Abdul but would not miss Kara. I think Ellen and Paula would make a smashing duo to contrast with Randy and Simon. I am a devoted fan but, think you made a mistake.

  109. I will miss Paula. American Idol is not as fun as before without her. Please do not quite Paula! I don’t think Ellen is the right person to replace Paula. It doesn’t mean I don’t like her, I love Ellen’s show and I like her very much. Please come back Paula!!

  110. I can’t wait for this season! It is going to be GREAT!!! Ella will make everything sooo funny and cool!! Glad Paula is not returning… WHen ever she said someone was good and they really weren’t it was a LIE!! She did a lot of that! Sorry Paula, but i think Ella will be much better!!! GO AMERICAN IDOL!!!! CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT THIS SEASON BRINGS US!!!!!

  111. It’s really sad, when someone is putting Paula down, and upholding Ellen, when they don’t even know her correct name. That says how much thought was put into Lindsey’s comment. I for one, do not think Ellen will be any good on AI, nor will she bring anything good to the table.
    Paula on the other hand, was cute, and bubbly. The chemestry between her, and Simon was great, and really fun to watch. She could bring out the playfulness in even Simon. She will be greatly missed on the show, and anyone who says Paula never helped the contestants, is a clueless…brainless twit, who obviously wasn’t watching the show. We wish Paula all the luck, and happiness this world has to offer.

  112. Paula was talentend, had back ground, but most of the time loud,overly expressive and seemed more to be acting than genuine.

    wshing Ellen luck.

  113. No will not watch the show with out paula and now that Simon is leaving. The show will fade out! Paula should of gotten paid more than Ryan. he was a no namer until idol. come on now

  114. I AM SORRY ABOUT MY ENGLISH, SINCE I AM FROM GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR.

    I THINK 3 JUDGES IS THE RIGHT NUMBER, BUT IN ANY CASE, VICTORIA AND MARY J. ARE NOT THE RIGHT ONES.

    PLEASE CONSIDER SERIOUS PEOPLE WHO REALLY KNOWS ABOUT MUSIC, WITH THE “FEELING” TO SEE WHAT THEY REALLY HAVE IN FRONT OF THEM.

  115. American Idol will never be the same with Kara and Ellen on it instead of Paula. Kara just doesn’t “click” with the others, and Ellen is funny on her show, but so wrong for this show!!
    I agree with Cheryl, if they wouldn’t have had Kara back on the show, they could have given Paula a raise!!!! Since when do you have an even number of judges anyhow, on account of a tie??? Simon doesn’t act the same this year without Paula,they played off of each other so well, but the other two don’t!!

  116. paula was a big part of the show, least she had talent. never heard of this kara chick befor she came on the show.to be honest she gets on my last nerve, and let some pretty girl come on and the claws come out.very much the other way when a good looking guy comes out and she falls all over herself. sorry miss kara but you will never replace paula ,in talent or in our hearts

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