‘Idol’ Judge Randy Jackson, ‘Idol’ Winner Kris Allen, Contestant Danny Gokey, and Seacrest Mourn Abdul’s Departure

Aug 5, 2009  •  Post A Comment

‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson, upon hearing that co-judge Paula Abdul is exiting the show said,  “I am shocked. Paula is a dear friend and will be missed,” according to Us Weekly

"I was shocked," said Ryan Seacrest this morning on his radio show regarding Paula Abdul’s departure from ‘American Idol."

"I’m just bummed because we’ve worked together for so many years," Seacrest said, according to  E! Online.

After Seacrest heard the news last night, "I got on the phone to track down whoever I could before I went to sleep and I was told, ‘Yeah, it’s sad but true. She’s leaving.’ This week, Randy, Simon, Kara and I are in Denver at the end of the week so I’m sure I’ll have more to tell you."

"We love you," said this year’s ‘Idol’ winner about Abdul.  "Glad I was able to be a part of your last season on the show. You showed us so much love."

"I’m really sad 2 see Paula Abdul not coming back 2 Idol," popular contestant Danny Gokey Twittered . "She was the judge with the biggest heart! She really will be missed 🙁 "

–Alex Jacobius


  1. 19 Entertainment..What the heck have you
    You Over paid, for Ryan Seacrest, and
    that damm brit Simon Cowell..Now you
    don’t have a few extra millions for
    Paula ?”
    Who ever steps into the chair, doesn’t warrent my time or energy to watch
    this next season.
    And then there is the 3 rd judge, almost
    forgotten – about, Randy Jackson..
    Once a strong forceful voice, that has
    now mellowed out sadly
    Simon the Brit, with the bitter
    british humor and wit.
    Paula the true heart of the show
    Randy The “Soul ” of Idol
    And Rayn Seacrest, The Radio jock
    turned television M/C host,
    who will quickly jump sides
    betweeen contestants, and Judges
    and a very impersonal send off
    as contestants fail to get the
    8 Years of Quailty, going down the drain
    Maybe it’s time to change our viewing choices.

  2. Is this the beginning of the end? I don’t know. History tells us that when there are major changes on TV shows like this one and Paula leaving, this is the time that people start to move on to other shows and networks.
    The competition will be crawling up Fox’s network show like a Flea crawling up an Elephant’s leg with the intention of rape.

  3. I dont understand It will never be the same I dont think I will ever watch this show again Paula & Simon made the show!!

  4. are you people losing your minds? How about the energy and dynamic between Paula and Simon? That is a HUGE factor! It’s like you are completely unaware of this. Don’t you realize what a valuable asset this is? You should have left this show with the original 3 judges. Kara? Give me a break! She may have other talents but this is not one of them. She detracts from the overall synergy of the other 3 and Paula is an integral part of it. It’s like “momentum” in a baseball game. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there. And Ryan Seacrest getting $15,000,000! I like him and good for him but you can’t seriously think he adds more to the show than Paula. She is a great reason to watch for herself and for her relationship with Simon in particular.
    Many shows have been brought down by the loss of that energy/relationship that attracted people to the show in the first place. You are underestimating her value to this show.

  5. Reports are that Simon, Ryan, and Randy all have very lucrative deals. Sounds like discrimination against a woman to me. Paula is a crucial part of this show and the judge that the contestants say they love, appreciate, and need. The fans obviously love her as well. Where will the support be for the contestants now? You can only take so much criticism.

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