Paula Abdul told her Twitter fans Tuesday night that she was officially off "American Idol."

"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," read two tweets posted shortly after 7:30 p.m.

And there's more. . . .

]]>"What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me," Abdul continued. "It truly has been breathtaking, especially over the past month.

"I do without any doubt have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all."

Fox has confirmed. "Paula Abdul has been an important part of the American Idol family over the last eight seasons and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show," Fox and producer FremantleMedia North America said in a statement. "While Paula will not be continuing with us, she's a tremendous talent and we wish her the best."

The $45-million man,  "AI" host Ryan Seacrest, Twittered after hearing the news last night.

"About to go to sleep when I started seeing my blackberry blow up. I have read what u have read and I am shocked and saddened about paula," he wrote.

"Idol and the cast have grown with each other over the last 8 seasons..I can't imagine the panel without puala. She's a star @ a great friend," he added, followed by, "Spoke to randy..hope to speak with paula privately overnight."

Are you sad about Paula leaving? Or is it about time? 

Either way, we wish Paula the best .

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