After months of speculation, it's official: Paula Abdul is leaving "American Idol."
She made the announcement on Twitter around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #IDOL. I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all ... being a part of a show that I helped from day1 become an international phenomenon," she wrote in a tweet posted Tuesday night.
Fox confirmed the news shortly afterward, said E! Online. Abdul, who was reportedly making $5-$8 million a year, was asking for $10 million a year. Head judge Simon Cowell is reportedly making a whopping $144 million over the next three years.
Ryan Secrest, who signed a three-year, $45 million contract earlier this summer, talked about Abdul during his morning radio show in Los Angeles.
"I was shocked," Seacrest said. "I'm just bummed because we've worked together for so many years.
"I got on the phone to track down whoever I could before I went to sleep and I was told, 'Yeah, it's sad but true. She's leaving.' "This week, Randy, Simon, Kara and I are in Denver at the end of the week so I'm sure I'll have more to tell you."
Kara DioGuardi who was added as the fourth judge last season, has signed on to return next month for the ninth season of the popular singing contest.