Is "Idol" Crazy To Let Paula Go?

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8.5.2009

Are the producers of American Idol out of their minds? They have to be to let Paula Abdul walk away from the show.

You've heard, right? Paula broke the news via Twitter, telling her fans:

"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 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."

I can't imagine American Idol without Paula. Simon Cowell might be the brains, and Randy Jackson is top dawg, but Paula is the heart and soul of the show. Okay, she's a little kooky, and I don't always understand what she is slurring—I mean, saying. But she is the one judge who actually has empathy for the contestants. She's like the wacky mom who is a bit out of touch but truly loves her kids.

Just ask Jim Verraros, the gay contestant from season one. He tells EW.com, "She helped build [the show] from the ground up….I will never forget what she said, 'Jim, you may not have won the gold medal, silver or even bronze. But you're an Olympian. Remember that and how far you've come.' For that alone, I will always have nothing but the utmost love and respect for her."

Like everything in Hollywood, this surely came down to money. Paula probably wanted her fair share after seeing the mega-deals Simon and Ryan Seacrest scored. But she clearly wasn't valued as much as her colleagues. And don't tell me the show couldn't afford to pay her what she wanted—American Idol is the one show on TV raking in cash!

While American Idol's producers couldn't come to terms with Paula, they didn't seem to have any problems inking a new deal with Kara DioGuardi, who joined the judges' table last season. I like Kara, but she's no Paula, and if the producers think she is a suitable replacement, they've got to be kidding. Paula is one of a kind, she's been with American Idol from the beginning, and the show just isn't going to be the same without her.

Will you miss Paula? And do you think the producers planned to force her out all along?

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