Paula Abdul Supports Randy Jackson as American Idol Judge

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Nigel Lythgoe may be back as the producer of American Idol, and he may openly desire Paula Abdul as a judge on the show, but this isn't going to happen.

The singer is under contract with CBS for a new show titled Got to Dance.

But Abdul did speak to TV Guide this week about her former home and answered questions about its judging predicament. Excerpts follow...

On Lythgoe: I have the utmost respect for Nigel. Him going back to American Idol  is in many ways a very big blessing. He's a wonderful producer and I'm taken by the kind words he had to say. I have tremendous respect for him.

On her Idol experience: I'll always be a fan of the show. I had an amazing time. To be part of something from the very beginning that grew into such a worldwide phenomenon is really awe-inspiring. It's going to go down in history. It's always wonderful to be part of something that's larger than you could have ever imagined.

Paula on Idol

Should Randy Jackson remain as a judge? I read this is Randy's last year under contract. I think it's important for people to have familiarity with someone. I haven't been able to ask Randy what it feels like, because it's not the time to ask him. Randy is a great guy - he really is. Everyone loves Randy!

On the Jennifer Lopez/Steven Tyler rumors: That's the legacy of the show that I get to feel a part of. It's a show that's going to go down in history. I'm just honored and blessed that I get to be a part of it. It has certainly allowed for so many wonderful times.

Hmmm... avoiding that question, Paula? Let's turn it over to THG readers: Do you wanna see J. Lo and Tyler as American Idol judges?

 

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paula back on idol! yes

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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