Following Paula Abdul’s comment that she didn’t think the idea of four judges on “American Idol” was such a good idea, Kara DioGuardi, who joined “Idol” this year as the fourth member on the judging panel, is firing back.
“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,” DioGuardi said.
In an interview with OK! magazine, Abdul said while she “gets along great” with DioGuardi, she doesn’t think adding a new judge was what was best for the Fox show.
“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,” Abdul told OK!.
Nevertheless, DioGuardi is happy to be a part of the “Idol” family and is pleased with what she brings to the judge’s table.
“I am proud of my contributions to the show, and remain excited about the rest of the season,” DioGuardi said.
Following Abdul’s comments to OK!, a rep for the “Straight Up” singer attempted to clear the air.
“Paula’s quote was taken out of context,” the rep told Access. “She was referring to previous ‘guest judges’ from past seasons. Not Kara.”