Paula Abdul may leave after this season; Kara “hurt” by Paula’s fourth-judge comments

Paula Abdul suggested she’ll leave American Idol after this season. “It is the last season of my contract, and I have so many other things I want to do. There are only so many hours in the day,” she told OK! Magazine. Last November, rumors said she’d be leaving the show.

She also dissed new judge Kara DioGuardi. “Kara and I have known each other for years and we get along great. But we tried four judges before and it doesn’t work. It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show,” Paula told the magazine.

Kara responded today, telling told Access Hollywood, “Paula has a right to her opinions, but I was disappointed by her comments, and hurt that she did not address them to me in person.”

On Wednesday night’s live performance show, the judges switched judging order, with Simon actually going first or second sometimes, which was both odd and refreshing. Usually, Simon’s dickish–or complimentary–comment comes last, and it worked well this way, even when Paula’s flat commentary wasn’t sandwiched between more coherent critiques.

Paula Abdul’s Looking For Her Soulmate [OK! Magazine]
Kara DioGuardi is disappointed in Paula Abdul [Access Hollywood]