Songwriter Kara Dioguardi, the new judge on US TV talent show 'American Idol', has been left "hurt" by Paula Abdul's comments about having a fourth panellist join the show - after the singer alleged the new addition ruined the programme's format.
DioGuardi joined Abdul, Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson on the judging panel last month for the eighth season of the hit series, but her run on the show has been dogged by rumours of a feud between the two female judges.
Abdul has previously refuted the reports, insisting the pair are longtime friends.
But in a recent interview with America's OK! magazine, Abdul stated the show has been slowed down by a four-judge panel, explaining: "Kara and I have known each other for years and we get along great. But we tried four judges before and it doesn't work."
Abdul quickly retracted the comments, insisting she was referring to previous guest judges, and not DioGuardi.
But it seems her words have already done some damage, with songwriter DioGuardi admitting she has feels let down by her co-star on the show, which is broadcast in Ireland.
She said: "Paula has a right to her opinions, but I was disappointed by her comments, and hurt that she did not address them to me in person.
"I am proud of my contributions to the show, and remain excited about the rest of the season."