Paula Abdul is leaving American Idol

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Paul Abdul will not return to American Idol according to the singer – dancer’s Twitter page.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve paulaabdul_cryingdecided 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,” the statement said on Abdul’s Twitter account.

A statement from Fox, Fremantle and 19, the companies that produce the show, verified that Paula Abdul was leaving the show.

“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,” the statement said. “While Paula will not be continuing with us, she’s a tremendous talent and we wish her the best.”

Abdul’s new manager, David Sonenberg, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times last month saying “Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol.'”

Sonenberg told the newspaper it was “unnecessarily hurtful” to Abdul that they have not received “any proposal whatsoever” from producers even though the judges will start auditioning contestants for the next season on August 6.