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Breaking: Paula Abdul Leaving American Idol

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul will not return to the judges' table for American Idol's ninth season.

Abdul revealed the stunning news on her Twitter feed: "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 a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon," she tweeted over two separate messages.

Fox quickly followed up with an official statement: "Paula has been an important part of AI. We are saddened ...
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Kara DioGuardi Signs Deal to Return to Idol

Kara DioGuardi

Kara DioGuardi will be back at the judges' table for American Idol's ninth season.

"We are so happy to welcome back Kara for her second season with Idol," creator/executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement in Fox's official announcement on Monday. "She is a breath of fresh air, and her passion for music and her understanding of talent is invaluable. This show is all about discovering new talent, and Kara's championing of Adam Lambert is proof positive of her great instinct."

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The Grammy-nominated songwriter's contract renewal follows host Ryan Seacrest's new $45 million deal and reports of Simon Cowell's $100 million-plus payday. Fox did not release details of DioGuardi's deal.

Fellow judge Paula Abdul, however, still ... read more

Driver Arrested in Death of Former American Idol Contestant

Alexis Cohen

A New Jersey man has been arrested in connection with a car accident that killed former American Idol contestant Alexis Cohen.

Cohen, 25, died from head, chest and abdominal injuries after being struck by a car early Saturday morning in Seaside Heights, N.J., Deputy Chief Michael Mohel of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office told Her body was found on a street approximately 350 yards from where she parked her car, he said. She was pronounced dead at 6:30 am, at the Community Medical Center in Toms River, N.J.

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Daniel Bark, 23, on Sunday evening was charged with ...
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Nigel Lythgoe Invites Idol's Paula Abdul to Dance

Nigel Lythgoe, Paul Abdul

Should it turn out that Paula Abdul is not forever American Idol's girl, she is welcome to drop by the judges' dais on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance

"We would certainly consider her as a guest judge," Dance executive producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe told the New York Daily News. "Without question."

In the news: Paula Abdul gets support from Simon, Twitter campaign

Abdul — a choreographer-slash-pop star by trade — has thought about returning to her dancing roots before, as a contestant on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. "It would be a phenomenal experience," she told TV Guide. DWTS executive producer Conrad Green in turn ... read more

"Hurt" Paula Abdul Gets Support from Idol's Simon, Twitter Campaign

Paula Abdul with Simon Cowell

Paula Abdul has the support of her American Idol foil, Simon Cowell, as well as scores of fans and Idol alumni, as her fate with the hit reality show remains in limbo.

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Not long after Abdul's manager, David Sonenberg, told the Los Angeles Times that the producers of Idol had yet to make his "hurt' and "angry" client an offer to return for Season 9, Cowell told Extra, "She'll be on the show."

"I don't get a lot of say," added Cowell ... read more

Abdul's Manager: Paula Won't Return to Idol Unless "Rude" Producers Make an Offer Soon

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul is "hurt," "angry" and unlikely to return to American Idol unless the show's producers make her an offer soon, says her manager.

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"It does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol," David Sonenberg, who signed Abdul as a client last month, told the Los Angeles Times.

Idol host Ryan Seacrest — who had a year left on his own contract — just extended his stay through ... read more

Idol's Brooke White Readies for Album Release

Brooke White

Hard to believe, but American Idol judge Randy Jackson — despite incessantly trumpeting his music-producer cred on the show — has never collaborated with an Idol alum — until now, that is.

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Jackson has lent his talents to Season 7 fifth-place finisher Brooke White, whose debut album, High Hopes & Heartbreak, is out Tuesday, July 21. The pair also cofounded the indie label on which it will be released. "I'm very appreciative of Randy ...
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Kris Allen Cancels Tonight Show Visit Because of Death in Family

Kris Allen

American Idol champ Kris Allen canceled his Wednesday night appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien because of his maternal grandmother's death.

Taking Allen's place on the late-night talker will be Idol pal Allison Iraheta, performing "Barracuda."

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"I know I was supposed to do Conan ... but there was a death in my family," Allen said on Twitter. "But everyone ... read more

Done Deal: Idol's Seacrest Triples Salary with New Contract

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest has inked a $45 million deal to extend his run as American Idol's host through 2012.

The three-year contract with Idol producer 19 Entertainment's parent company, CKX, Inc., more than triples his current salary, and his new paycheck is believed to surpass that of any reality TV host, says the Hollywood Reporter.

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"I'm truly appreciative of being part of a show that has had such an enormous impact on popular culture across all ages," Seacrest said ... read more

Report: Seacrest's New Idol Contract Would Put Him Among the Hosts with the Most Money

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest is reportedly finalizing a deal that would make American Idol's front man one of the highest-paid reality TV hosts.

Seacrest, whose pact with Fox's juggernaut expires at the end of next season, now pulls just shy of $5 million a year for his Idol work. His new deal with Idol producer 19 Entertainment, would extend his run by three years and deliver a "major pay raise," sources tell the Hollywood Reporter.

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The agreement also allows Seacrest to ... read more

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