Abdul's publicist KEN SUNSHINE says, "We had not anticipated the time commitment required to successfully produce and appear. It became apparent that her prior commitments ... made it impossible to be part of this new show."
Fox Broadcasting and the producers of So You Think You Can Dance? have issued a statement saying, "(We) respect Paula's decision to step away
"We wish her all the best and look forward to working with her soon."
Abdul had planned to appear as a guest choreographer in several episodes of the new show.