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Paula Abdul: I Won't Return To American Idol

Aug. 4 2009, Published 8:11 a.m. ET

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Paula Abdul took to her Twitter account on Tuesday evening, where she indicated she will not be returning as a judge on reality juggernaut American Idol.

"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to American Idol." she wrote.

"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."

Click here to read about Abdul's tumultuous contract renewal attempts.

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"What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me, it has truly been breathtaking, especially over the past month."

Reps for Abdul were not immediately available for comment.

When Idol premiered in June 2002, it thrust the choreographer and 80s pop singer back into the national spotlight.

Abdul's fellow judges are Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and last year's addition, Kara DioGuardi. The program is hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

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