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Paula Abdul is looking toward an “Idol”-less future, according to her manager David Sonenberg.

Paula will not be returning to American Idol unless an agreement can be reached with the show’s producers. “Paula would love to be on the show,” said Sonenberg, but there is a holdup with contract negotiations.

“Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol,'” Sonenberg told The Times when contacted about the judge’s contract negotiations.

Sonenberg has not received a contract proposal from FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, the production companies behind the show.

“I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful,” he said of the contract holdup. “I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”

Season nine auditions are due to begin August 6, with the show scheduled to premiere in January.

Stay tuned!

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