American Idol isn't the same without Paula Abdul, says Simon Cowell.
On the Fox show's upcoming ninth season, judges Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi return - along with celeb guest judges, including Victoria Beckham, Shania Twain and Katy Perry.
Cowell, 49, tells Extra the show is now "different. It's like comparing a carrot to a banana."
Though the judge says he doesn't want to "get in the middle" of Idol execs and Abdul, 47, he says, "I miss her."
He adds that Abdul - who denied to TV Guide that she left the show over money - is "someone who will always work."
So what's next for Abdul?
"I definitely want to do a talk show because it would be different," says Abdul, who has shot a guest role on Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva and will host VH1's Divas Live Sept. 17. "It would be a lot of fun variety with a ton of unexpected stuff and tributes to everyday people getting their big chance."