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American Idol: Kara DioGuardi Discusses Paula Abdul’s Departure

August 08, 2009 09:17 AM by Britteny Elrick

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Aswas the rest of America, Kara DioGuardi was taken aback by the recent news that Paula Abdul would not be returning to American Idol. Yesterday, Kara sat down with to talk with Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show to talk about Paula’s shocking decision. Keep reading for more details…

“I’m completely shocked,” Kara told Ryanonhisradio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “It’s such a loss for the show, such a loss for the contestants. She’s definitely the heart of the panel.”

“I’m hoping she’ll reconsider,” Karaadded. “I’ve left her a lot of messages.”

So what about all of the rumors that Kara was brought on the show to subtly replace Paula? “The way I’m understanding it is that it was her choice to leave. I never was here to replace her. It would be impossible to replace Paula Abdul,” she continued. “She’s an incredible talent. … If anything, she was really somebody who helped me because it was awkward at times being the fourth person … Last year, it was tough at times. Being the new kid, you get beat up a bit. I’m hoping this year that people are more accepting.”

Kara continues to say how much she will miss Paula and her kindness.”The kind of heart she treated the contestants with, she treated me with last year. She was so kind to me and made me feel immediately like part of the panel,” she said.

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