Is Paula Abdul Planning To Exit ‘Idol’?

Has the arrival of fourth judge Kara DioGuardi on the American Idol set left Paula Abdul feeling a bit like an outsider?

The recent events involving a woman who auditioned for the show being found dead outside Abdul’s house certainly can’t have the 45-year-old “Opposites Attract” singer feeling easy.

Fox’s Idol returns for its eighth season in January. But OK! is hinting that it could just be the last time you’ll see Abdul imparting her wisdom upon the series’ hopeful young contestants.

“According to a source close to the reality judge, Paula, who has been with the show for seven years, is developing new TV projects and is hoping to ‘transition’ out of the Fox hit,” the magazine reports.

A separate source adds, “She knows that every season could be her last. Now she’s got a new secret venture that she’s really excited about.”

Prior to American Idol, Abdul was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers and a music video choreographer.

She eventually became a pop star in her own rite who racked up a series of chart-topping singles in the late ’80s/early ’90s, including “Forever Your Girl,” “Rush, Rush” and “Straight Up.”

Will Paula be heading straight out, then, to pursue yet another successful career path soon?