Yes, she was one of the original judges and she added a special element to the show.
Like the song she performed last season. She sang (cough*lip-synched*cough) her way through it nicely.
And it's been fun getting used to her little habits, like complimenting a contestant on his or her clothing when she can't think of anything good to say about his or her performance (I liked to call an outfit compliment "The Paula Kiss of Death").
But did she really give much constructive criticism? Not really. She praised their performances (deserving or not) and/or their clothing (deserving or not).
Was she entertaining? Sure. Will I miss her? Probably.
And she's possibly the one woman in the world who cries more than I do.
Put into the mix that I'm not Kara DioGuardi's biggest fan. Honestly, I'd probably rather see Randy Jackson go than Paula though.
Thankfully, they'll never let Simon go. Simon IS "American Idol."
Anyway, there's some pretty funny stuff out there in Internet world about this earth-shattering news.
This piece from Idolator givesfour scenarios
for a Paula-less Idol.
And MTV gives us thevarious stages of grieving
the end of American Idol's Paula-era.