"With sadness in my heart I've decided not to return to Idol."
Those words on her Twitter page have made it official: Paula Abdul is not returning to American Idol after eight seasons.
"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," she continued.
It's a sad note after negotiations between her and show producers have gone nowhere. It was reported that she was demanding a significantly higher pay check, a figure initially pegged at $20 million this year, but producers refused it. Recent reports state that producers were willing to give a bit above $5 million per year.
Later, Fox and show producers 19 Entertainment and Fremantle Media issued a statement announcing Abdul's departure. "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," it said. "While Paula will not be continuing with us, she's a tremendous talent and we wish her the best."