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In her reply, DioGuardi said that she was 'hurt' by the criticism. Abdul has now said that she was not referring to only one person, and that her comment has been misconstrued. “It is unfortunate that a quote of mine was taken completely out of context today," Usmagazine.com quoted her as saying.
“I was actually referring specifically to the use of 'guest judges' in seasons past, not Kara or this season. I am thrilled to have her by my side each week on American Idol," she added.