Everyone wants to know whatâs next for Paula Abdul since voicing her departure from American Idol via Twitter. “It’s been overwhelming, what’s going on right now,” she told TMZ cameras at JFK airport in New York. “So I have to really carefully think about it.” Abdul, who is currently filming another guest-starring role on an episode of Lifetimeâs Drop Dead Gorgeous, still has the support from her former boses. FOX executives spoke at a Television Criticsâ Association panel on Thursday in LA, saying Abdulâs judging days are far from over and that thereâs even still a chance she could return to Idol. Former “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe would like Abdul to appear on his show, “So You Think You Can Dance.” He told reporters âAbsolutely thereâs no question about that. I donât know anyone whoâs had her experience. Iâve been trying to get her since season one.â In fact, Lythgoe isnât wasting any time. âI spoke to her yesterday morning. We didnât talk about the negotiations. Thatâs a private issue,â he said. âWeâre going to Vegas for season six this weekend and sheâs coming out to meet me and weâre going to talk about what opportunities are out there.â However, FOX chairman Peter Rice later told reporters that he was sad to see Abdul go but said, âOur understanding is we have concluded the negotiation and Paula will not be returning to the show.â Until she actually figures out what the next step in her career is, Abdul did share that there are a few very important things she’ll miss most now that her time is over with the show after eight seasons. “My compadres, of course,” she said. “I love the kids, and that’s the thing I enjoy, but they all reached out and called me.” Rice also confirmed that Victoria Beckham will be a guest judge and that he was in talks with other female celebrities, including Katy Perry, to fill in during the auditions.
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