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Source: Paula Abdul Not Leaving ‘American Idol’

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    Is Paula Abdul gearing up to abandon her judge’s chair on “American Idol”?

    According to a report by OK! Magazine, Abdul is planning to “transition” out of her involvement with the FOX mega-hit to begin working on several new TV projects.

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    “She knows that every season could be her last. Now she’s got a new secret venture that she’s really excited about,” OK! quoted a source as saying.

    She is currently filming “Paula Abdul’s RAH Cheerleading Bowl,” a cheer squad competition program that will air on New Year’s Day on MTV.

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    However, a source close to Abdul told Access Hollywood, “Paula is going nowhere. She is staying with ‘Idol.’”

    A personal rep for the “Idol” judge had “no comment” on the report.

    Abdul has found herself in the headlines this week, after an obsessed fan was found dead near Abdul’s home in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

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    Paula Goodspeed, 30, was found dead in her car parked near Abdul’s home on Tuesday.

    Abdul, 45, has been a judge on “Idol” – alongside Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson – since the show’s debut in 2002.

    This season, the judging panel welcomes a fourth member – Kara DioGuardi.

    The eighth season of “American Idol” premieres January 13 on FOX.

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