Ryan Seacrest Defends Paula Abdul

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It was an emotional hour of American Idol last night.

Even before Brooke White broke down in tears following her elimination, Ryan Seacrest had come to the defense of Paula Abdul.

Responding to celebrity gossip sites that dared to claim Abdul was drunk during her Tuesday night blunder - when she critiqued a Jason Castro song that hadn't been performed yet - Seacrest said:

"Last night the judges were thrown a curve ball on the air, which is just part of a live show... But it sparked a lot of gossip about Paula. And I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors â€" they're not true. She's part of our family and we love her."

Abdul truly looked touched as the audience cheered, while both Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell gave her a kiss on the cheek.

This caused Ryan to joke: "I think Simon still wants to hook up with her."

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I hope Paula Abdul will always be a part of American Idol.Alone with the guys she also is a very important part of the chemistry that makes the show what it is!