Kara DioGuardi “Shocked” by Paula’s Idol Exit

Count newest American Idol host Kara DioGuardi among those who were caught off-guard by Paula Abdul’s abrupt departure from American Idol earlier this week.

“I can’t get over it. I’m completely shocked,” DioGuardi professed on Ryan Seacrest’s KIISFM radio show on Friday. “It’s such a loss for the show, such a loss for the contestants. She’s definitely the heart of the panel.”

And while DioGuardi’s addition to the show this past season was controversial for fans, she says that she enjoyed a frictionless relationship with Abdul, who went out of her way to put the new kid on the block at ease.

“The kind of heart she treated the contestants with she treated me with last year,” DioGuardi recalled. “She was so kind to me and made me feel immediately like part of the panel.”

No wonder she’s lobbying for Abdul to return to the show. DioGuardi asserts that she hopes Paula “will reconsider” her decision to leave, adding, “I’ve left her a lot of messages.”

And despite what some American Idol conspiracy theorists might suggest, DioGuardi insists that she never thought about usurping Abdul’s position on the show.

“I never was here to replace her. It would be impossible to replace Paula Abdul,” DioGuardi swears.  “She’s an incredible talent. She is somebody who helped make the show as big as it is. How could you ever replace that?”

Hmm; maybe Kara’s not history’s greatest monster after all.

Readers, let us know in the comments section: Do you think Paula will grant Kara’s wish and come back into the American Idol fold?