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Speculations over Paula Abdul’s return to American Idol can finally be put to rest as she will not be returning as judge on American Idol, reports PEOPLE.

 “With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to Idol,” Abdul, 47, writes on her Twitter page. “I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon.”

She adds: “What I want to say most, is how much I appreciate the undying support and enormous love that you have showered upon me. I do, without any doubt, have the BEST fans in the entire world and I love you all.”

Paula’s reps have refused to comment except provide a confirmation that she is leaving. The show will begin taping for the 9th season, with auditions starting in Denver. 

FOX TV also released a statement saying, “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,” “While Paula will not be continuing with us, she’s a tremendous talent and we wish her the best.”

With Paula gone, the three other judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will return.

Tell us: Are you going to keep watching AI without Paula?

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Things are getting very ugly and very fast for The Bachelorette’s Ed Swiderski and Jillian Harris, as two of Ed’s ex-girlfriends are now talking publicly. Both say Ed was intimate with them before, during and after “The Bachelorette” was filmed. Their story will be US magazine’s cover story for this week’s issue.

Bethany Steffen and Lindsey Johnson (both pictured above) have both sold their stories to USWeekly magazine. Jill Martin of Us Weekly said, “It’s the ultimate deception — Ed wasn’t living a double life, he was living a triple life!”

Lindsey, the blonde in the above picture, says she dated Ed for a year — and he promised that they’d be engaged before the end of 2009. She even drove him to the airport on March 25, where he assured her he’d only be on the show for two weeks.

Ed kept in touch with both women via text and email while filming. On April 10, he allegedly wrote Lindsey, “I’m going to molest you when I get home.”

The most shocking news of all? Both women say they were intimate with Ed when he abruptly left the show on April 15, telling Jillian that he had to leave the show “to work” in Chicago. While in Chicago, Ed then told Bethany and Lindsey he needed to fly to Texas on business, but returned to the show and attempted to win Jillian back.

On April 23, Ed reportedly emailed Bethany, writing, “I was really hoping to grab your ass.” Ed popped the question to Jillian on May 24. Days later on June 3, Ed allegedly texted Bethany, asking her to come by and “bring beer and condoms.”

I really have no words for this story. The source of this story is Extra, as told to them by UsWeekly. More on this story will be in this week’s issue of US Magazine. Feel bad for Jillian, it’s practically impossible to build a lasting relationship that’s based on lies and deception.

UPDATE: If anyone has better photos of either Lindsey or Bethany, please feel free to send it in to us at realitytea@yahoo.com. Thanks.