American Idol must be hitting a mid-season slump; the media's reporting on a spat of sorts between (who else but) the female judges.

Paula Crazy Horse Abdul went and said: "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. It takes up so much time for each of us to give our opinion that it slows down the pace of the show" during an interview with OK magazine.

New AI judge Kara DioGuardi responded with: "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."

A bit too excited. I'm still not over herself and Paula alluding to girl-on-girl antics during some of this season's earlier episodes. Remember, with the pawing at each other and the slipping under the desk in tandem? Not becoming behavior for the middle-aged.

Oh, Paula also mentioed in her interview with OK: "It is the last season of my contract, and I have so many other things I want to do". So it looks like Bats McGee might see herself as the, eh, fourth wheel. But Kara probably wasn't informed of that bit. 

So yeah, great story... *whistles*