Paula Abdul Regrets Leaving “Idol”

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As excited as we are about Ellen DeGeneres joining the “American Idol” team, we regret Paula Abdul‘s departure a lot. (We wonder why Ellen couldn’t replace Kara DioGuardi instead, but that’s just a thought we entertain in our fantasy world.) Sounds like Paula is regretting her decision to leave too, because a source revealed to Pop Eater that Paula is struggling to find work these days. “Paula was full of optimism when she left ‘Idol,’ ” the friend of Paula’s revealed. “She was confident she would get her own talk show and even a gig performing live on the Las Vegas strip — none of which has materialized. It’s going to get worse in January when ‘Idol’ is everywhere with Ellen sitting in her seat.”

Ellen will be awesome for sure, but she probably won’t have the same chemistry Paula had with Simon Cowell. Why do salary disputes ruin everything?? Let’s not forget that Paula hasn’t become a jobless hobo – she has picked up gigs here and there, like when she hosted the “VH1 Divas” concert in September, but we hope for her sake she finds a niche for her special brand of musical, garbled crazy that we love.  [Photo: GettyImages]