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Let's not say goodbye just yet to Paula Abdul

After years of the judges on "American Idol" and Fox playing the game of they-will-return/they-won't-return/they-will-return, it looks like one of them might actually not be back. Tuesday night while some of us slept tight thinking the world was safe for "Idol" lovers everywhere, Paula Abdul sent out a tweet saying she wasn't coming back for the new season -- and the blogosphere is freaking out.

I say don't freak out just yet. There is still a lot of wiggle room on both sides for Abdul to take back her resignation. Try this scenario: Abdul gets a big  outpouring of affection, Fox bumps up its offer, and everybody is everybody's new best friends again. Would you be shocked?

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You can never say never with someone as mercurial as Abdul, but these players have been doing this dance too long to stop now. (In fact, on the mercurial scale, Abdul makes former Green Bay Packers' quarterback Brett Favre seem like the Prudential Rock, and how many times has he re-tired and un-retired now?)

Here is Abdul's message: "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 day 1 become an international phenomenon."

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She went on to say, "What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me."

Do you think she'll be back?

And for my Baltimore readers, do you remember the sports talk radio and local media freakout a few weeks ago when a certain wide receiver from the Baltimore Ravens retired? And if I am not mistaken, he is back in camp, running routes and everybody is acting like it never happened.

Still, Abdul did take a slow summer's eve and make it more lively with her message of departure. And I have to say that I do not think this show will be the same without Abdul. Whatever heart "American Idol" had she provided.


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