Paula Abdul: No Comment on Network Probe
09/29/2005 AT 09:00 AM EDT
Instead, she opted to chat with cohosts Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson about their upcoming season, set to debut in January.
"I'm sitting right here happy doing what I'm doing," Abdul, 43, said during show auditions in San Francisco, after being asked if she felt vindicated by a report by two law firms that found nothing to corroborate former contestant Clark's claims that he and Abdul had had an affair and that she coached him for the program.
Abdul – who has yet to be interviewed about the claims that threatened to turn into a scandal – did say later that "when you have a show this successful it's crazy we haven't had any more discrepancies," the Associated Press reports.
The allegations that Abdul had an affair with Clark, who competed unsuccessfully in 2003, received nearly as much publicity as the show last year and led to an ABC special called "Fallen Idol."
FOX, which airs Idol, has since implemented a "enhanced non-fraternization policy" to prevent incidents that could call into question the relationships between judges.
Asked if a lack of distractions would make the new season easier, Abdul glanced at Cowell and Jackson and said: "It's never easy sitting between these two."