But would anyone (ANYONE) care if Paula Abdul left the show? Probably not. Frankly, with the addition of a fourth judge last season, there was one too many anyway. And, except for comic relief (laughing at - not with - her) has she ever made a relevant, insightful, or entertaining comment? No, the best thing that Paula Abdul provides viewers of "American Idol" is time to talk about Randy Jackson's comments before Simon Cowell speaks.
So Abdul and her new manager had better not go all-in on this "respect" angle because if an "American Idol" judge (other than Cowell) quit, would anyone notice?