Paula Abdul Says Kara DioGuardi Won’t Replace Her On ‘American Idol’

'It's taken me awhile to get comfortable in my own skin with the show,' Abdul tells 'Nightline.'

Although [artist id="1397"]Paula Abdul’s[/artist] contract is up at the end of this season of “American Idol,” the show’s original female voice doesn’t think that anybody — new judge Kara DioGuardi included — can replace her.

“I don’t think anyone [can],” Abdul told ABC News’ “Nightline” in an interview that airs Thursday. “First of all, Kara says, ‘I could never replace you.’ ”

DioGuardi might not have her sights set on Abdul’s seat, but Paula said she didn’t have much say in what she thought about the addition of a fourth judge. “I just got out of the hospital this past August. I had three days to pack and go on the road [for 'Idol' auditions]. I found out on the way to the airport,” she said.

She said Randy Jackson “found out hours before me” and “I was surprised, because Simon has always been against the fourth. We’ve had guest judges come in before, and he banned that from happening anymore.”

Abdul did say that she doesn’t always see “Idol” in her future. “Whenever there is change, it’s not about replacing anybody, it’s about possibly moving on,” she said, adding, “I love the show, I do. I love what I do on the show, and I’m loving it more this season than ever. It’s taken me awhile to get comfortable in my own skin with the show.”

Addressing rumors that she has a substance-abuse problem, she said she has never abused prescription drugs and has never showed up to work drunk. “I’ve never been drunk in my life. I don’t like it,” she said. “It’s not my thing. Spending money on clothes and shoes — that’s another thing.”

She also said that her reality show, “Hey Paula,” didn’t accurately show people what it’s like to be Paula Abdul. She thought the show led many viewers to think she had some sort of drug problem “because I’m falling asleep and a camera is on me. I don’t have anything that is shameful,” she said. “I don’t have anything to be embarrassed about. That was not an accurate documentation of my life.”

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