This just in: After eight seasons, Paula Abdul has decided to leave American Idol.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to the hit Fox TV singing contest,” Abdul said on Twitter. “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.”
UPDATE: Fox has responded to Paula’s departure with this 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.”