Former 'Idol' Mentor Quentin Tarantino 'Sad' Over Paula Leaving Reality Show

Quentin Tarantino said he is sad Paula Abdul has chosen not to return to “American Idol.”

At Monday’s “Inglourious Basterds” premiere in Los Angeles, the director, who served as a guest judge during “Idol’s’” Season 3 and a mentor last season, spoke out for the first time about Paula’s departure with Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos.

“I feel bad about Paula leaving,” Quentin told Maria. “I really liked her on the show.”

Quentin said, however, that the move didn’t come as a shock.

“I figured at some point, one of the three would break off, but you know, it’s sad,” he said.

Tarantino, a long time “Idol” fan, said next season won’t be the same without Paula.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “I will miss her next year for sure.”

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