Paula Abdul reported to be leaving American Idol

American Idol judge Paula Abdul is said to be leaving the show after the end of the next season starting January 17.

Abdul, often accused of being drunk or on drugs while judging, will have done eight years in the judges chair, and a couple of memorable YouTube clips.

According to OK Magazine, Abdul is developing new TV projects and is hoping to “transition” out of the Fox hit. A Paula insider explained “She knows that every season could be her last. Now she’s got a new secret venture that she’s really excited about.” OK suggests that the addition of Kara DioGaurdi as a 4th judge will make it easier for Abdul to leave.