Paula Abdul has quit American Idol after eight years of being a judge on the show. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to Idol," she wrote on Twitter.

While Paula didn't reveal her reasons for leaving the show, she had reportedly been negotiating for a significant pay rise as well as a new contract in recent months.

Reports said that she was particularly annoyed after learning that Ryan Seacrest had reportedly secured a $45 million 3-year-deal, while she was only being offered a rumoured $2 to $3 million a year.

"I'll miss nuturing all the new talent, but most of all being part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon," she continued. "What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me."

It was only two weeks ago that Paula hinted that she may not be returning to the show, as she didn't receive a proposal for a new contract. In the meantime, her co-judge Simon Cowell and host Ryan Seacrest had already signed new deals.

Though Paula may have been hurt by this, Cowell reassured fams that he still wanted 47-year-old Paula on the hit US programme.

Now it seems that the ninth season will start filming in a  few days without her.The show's producers and Fox released a statement saying they were "saddened that she has decided nto to return to the show." However, they didn't reveal the reason behind Paula leaving.

Now it looks like the new judge, Kara DiGuardi will be taking Paula's place, as the songwriter will be reappearing on the panel this year, raising questions about Paula's position on the show.

Paula had been quoted saying: "We tried four judges before and it doesn't work. It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion and it slows down the pace of the show."

But before claiming her comments were taken out of context, Kara had retaliated: "Paula has right to her opinions, but I was disappointed by her comments and hurt that she did not address them to me in person."

[via DailyMail]