Paula Abdul Bids Farewell to American Idol

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It's the end of a (crazy) era.

After eight seasons as a judge on American Idol, Paula Abdul has failed to agree to terms on a new contract. She bid farewell to her fans on Twitter last night, writing:

"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to Idol," Abdul, 47, writes on her Twitter page. "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.

"What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. I do, without any doubt, have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all."

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American Idol, of course, had been preparing for this decision. It hired Kara DioGuardi as a fourth judge last season, and signed her to a new deal last week.

When season nine premieres in January, she'll be joined by veterans Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell, along with far less nonsencial rambling.

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Paula said she would miss nutruing talent... but,,,,,does anyone remember the notes when
she said, the 2nd performance it for her.... the guy only sang once...... whatz with that.....its only a hour show, can that happen>>>if you want worth least
have a recorder Paula so you can see how you sounded that show....she read her notes and really screwed up on live tv... kinda like a sat nite live show with whats her name that started singing and the record skipped...gee i forgot her name already....lip singing,,,,itst is supposed to be a live show... Paula you want bigger bucks, take better notes.....