For the first time, Paula Abdul is reacting to Simon Cowell's bombshell announcement that this will be his last season on America's #1 show.
"Simon made a decision he felt he needed to do and I celebrate him no matter what," said Abdul.
Abdul spoke with INSIDE EDITION right after appearing on Larry King's telethon for Haiti. Cowell is leaving American Idol for his new talent search show, The X Factor. Paula was coy when asked if she had been offered a job as a judge on The X Factor.
"I'm a happy Paula Abdul. I'd rather be a happy Paula Abdul than an unhappy one. We'll see what happens," said Abdul.