People magazine quoted Abdul as telling TV Guide: "I had to stand on my principle.... I'm going to miss the experience of watching young talent evolve into a place where they get to take off and soar."
The 47-year-old star said her paycheck was not the sole reason for her exodus. She said: "I stand on principle where many people stand on money...I'm a hard-working artist. I've lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can't do that unless you are good at what you do."
Abdul is confident about her future and wants to do a talk show. Brimming with confidence Abdul said: "I believe in myself and you have to have your own self respect. "And sometimes decisions are very difficult to make, but I've always believed that at the core I'm a survivor. There's not one thing I've done that I've really set my mind to that I've failed at."
"I definitely want to do a talk show because it would be different," she says. "It would be a lot of fun variety with a ton of unexpected stuff and tributes to everyday people getting their big chance," she added.
The star says she had an "amazing experience" on the show and she's still fond of it. She said: "I had some really unforgettable moments that hit plateaus for me and I'm very blessed to have been a part of what made television history."