FOX has “hired an independent counsel to determine whether judge Paula Abdul had an affair with a contestant on the hit talent show,” according to the AP, which reports that “[t]he probe’s results are due soon and will be made public.”
Fox Entertainment President Peter Liguori told the AP, “Any allegations against this show we take quite seriously,” saying that the show’s credibility and the investigation is “extraordinarily important to us.”
He said Paula Abdul could possibly sit out of the audition phase, telling critics, “I’d rather be able to come to a conclusion with the independent counsel and our production partners and come out with a definitive answer and conclusion for you, rather than race to have a conclusion before production starts.” But he also said that there’s lots of love for Paula. “Look, the audience loves Paula. She continues to get support, she continues to light up our online site, our message board,” Liguori said.
This is the latest part of the Corey Clark/Paula Abdul affair saga, which began back in April.