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Abdul’s “Idol” departure leaves no one to hand out the crayons

August 6, 2009

Only “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul could break out a box of crayons, hand them to fellow panelist Simon Cowell and say, “Here you are 6-year-old. Oh, that’s an insult to 6-year-olds.” Cowell reacted by drawing on her.paula-abdul

Chalk up that episode from this past season to the long list of oddball moments that Abdul brought to “Idol.” With her announced departure from the program, Abdul will leave the show without its resident eccentric, a personality who has often gotten fans talking with her funny behavior.

There was the time last year that she¬†critiqued contestant Jason Castro for two songs, when he had only sung one. She also once said, “Constructive criticism is about finding something good and positive to soften the blow to the real critique of what really went on.”

Uh, what?

She also handed out to contestants her custom-designed jewelry, and no one wore the baubles prouder than this year’s contestant Tatiana del Toro. The following are a couple more of Abdul’s “best of” moments on “Idol.”


I watch American Idol mainly b/c of Paula Abdul. As usual women are paid less than men and treated badly, even in show business. You can’t expect more than this from misogynist Fox managers. We refuse to watch Simon and the other blah lady if Paula is not there!!

Posted by jay | Report as abusive

Idols won’t be the same without Paula Abdul, there never was a boring moment, thanks to her!


Love You Paula, you didn’t deserve this

Posted by kris d | Report as abusive

I think this show is because of Paula Abdul. She is the ONLY one that knows how to placate the idiot simon cowell and to lose her is a big mistake that fox will pay for dearly. This show was watched by mostly paula abdul fans, and they might protest the show and so lets see how the ratings hold up. If they don’t, want to bet Paula is either asked back, or the show is cancelled. Stupid mistake, but as usual men are paid much more then the woman who makes the show. Shame on you FOXTV – right wing hipocrites.

Posted by Paulene | Report as abusive

It’s a pity Idol producers chose to eliminate Paula, although, prehaps there were liabilities that will remain confidential. She was the heart value of the show and the audience rooted for her as much as for the contestants. Idol is now a heart-free zone and has lost it’s center, not to be confused with Simon’s apt assessments which are always on point. The addition of Ellen seems to be a decision based on daytime viewership. My family has been commited to Idol since its inception. However, the inclusion of Ellen is clearly a serious mistep. Her visit last season was beyond painful. A garish distraction. Although we are huge Ellen fans this amounts to the addition of anchovies to pancakes. We are seriously disappointed and it is unlikely we will follow Idol any further. A damn shame. It was a great recipe.

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