In her first interview since announcing her decision to leave “American Idol,” Paula Abdul reveals what led to her abrupt – and surprising – departure.
“I stand on principle where many people stand on money,” Abdul told TV Guide. “I’m a hard-working artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can’t do that unless you are good at what you do.”
Contrary to many reports, Abdul says her decision wasn’t solely based over her salary.
“I believe in myself and you have to have your own self respect,” she said.
“And sometimes decisions are very difficult to make, but I’ve always believed that at the core I’m a survivor. There’s not one thing I’ve done that I’ve really set my mind to that I’ve failed at”, she added.
One area where Abdul, 47, hasn’t failed is by entertaining audiences. The former “Idol” judge, who recently filmed two episodes of Lifetime’s comedy “Drop Dead Diva” and will host VH1’s Divas Live later this month, has aspirations to return to the small screen.
“I definitely want to do a talk show because it would be different,” she gushed, adding that “it would be a lot of fun variety with a ton of unexpected stuff and tributes to everyday people getting their big chance.”
Though Abdul will no longer be seated next to “Idol” judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi, she says she will still tune in to watch the reality competition program.
“I had some really unforgettable moments that hit plateaus for me and I’m very blessed to have been a part of what made television history,” she said.
“I’m going to miss the experience of watching young talent evolve into a place where they get to take off and soar”, said Paula.