Paula Abdul is leaving "American Idol"

Paula Abdul is leaving "American Idol"

Paula Abdul announced on Twitter tonight that she is not coming back to “American Idol” next season. Her exact statement, strung together from Twitter messages, is after the jump:

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.

FOX, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment have issued a statement:  “Paula Abdul has been an important part of the AMERICAN IDOL family over the last eight seasons and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show. While Paula will not be continuing with us, she’s a tremendous talent and we wish her the best.”

Wow. That is really surprising. I thought for sure the wishy-washy stuff was just to get a better contract, but now it looks like she’s actually not coming back. I’m sad about that, I like Paula on “American Idol.”

Also, score one for Twitter. Again.