While most former "American Idol" contestants have expressed sadness over Paula Abdul's departure from the show, season-one winner [artist id="1231768"]Kelly Clarkson[/artist] said she thinks the announcement is just some good old-fashioned theater.
"Are they trying to do that for drama?" she said on Sirius radio's "Morning Mashup Show" when asked about Abdul's departure. "I totally think they're doing that for drama. I know those producers — they're doing that for drama. She's totally probably going to come back."
Clarkson also said she has nothing but love for songwriting collaborator and "Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi, who most recently co-wrote Clarkson's hit, "I Do Not Hook Up."
"Kara I love. I think it's a cool aspect [of the show]," she said. "She's so great to work with. She's a great writer, a great singer as well. She's just worked in the industry so much."
This past season's winner, Kris Allen, recently stopped by the MTV News offices to talk about how miss he'll miss Abdul.
"I heard about it on Twitter, and I think it's sad, you know? Paula's been a part of the show for a long time, since the beginning, and I think the show will miss her, I really do," he said. "But the show will go on, for sure. I think it will still do great, and Paula will do great things too."