Ryan Seacrest ‘Shocked' & ‘Saddened' Over Paula Abdul Leaving ‘American Idol'

Paula Abdul's suddent departure from "American Idol" has left her colleagues on the FOX reality show stunned.

"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," "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest wrote on his Twitter.

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"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," Ryan, who recently inked a deal to return to the reality competition show for $45 million over three years, continued in his Tweet. "Spoke to randy..hope to speak with paula privately overnight."

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Paula broke the news of her departure from "Idol" via Twitter.

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"With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to #Idol," she wrote Monday night. "I'll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon."

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