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Manager says Paula not in talks for ‘Idol’

“She feels fabulous. She feels free,” David Sonenberg told the L.A. Times. “I think in some ways she was typecast in ‘Idol.’”
/ Source: Access Hollywood

Paula Abdul is not in talks to return to “American Idol,” her manager, David Sonenberg, told the Los Angeles Times.

There are “no discussions whatsoever about ‘Idol,’ " he told the paper.

Earlier this month, Abdul ended her negotiations to renew her contract with the FOX reality series via her Twitter account.

“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to ‘Idol,’” she posted on her Twitter page on Aug. 4.

And while Abdul’s manager said “never count anything out,” when asked about the judge’s possible return, it seems she is moving on.

“She feels fabulous. She feels free,” Sonenberg told the newspaper. “I think in some ways she was typecast in ‘Idol’ and she was kind of restricted from doing anything she wanted to do and now she’s free to decide. She really is very excited about the future and that there’s support for her.”

Sonenberg confirmed that Abdul had spoken with people at most of the networks — apart from Fox — and she has a host of opportunities in front of her.

“She loves television. She has a number of exciting ideas, some of which are competitive, some of which are just theme-oriented,” Sonenberg said. “I think you’re going to be seeing a lot of Paula, sometimes as an executive producer, sometimes as a performer or mentor and sometimes as a creative developer.”

As for Abdul’s future, she herself suggested her path may not lie where people expect in a new Twitter post on Wednesday evening.

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost,” she wrote.