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COMEBACK KID PAULA ZINGS FALLEN IDOL SIMON COWELL

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PAULA ABDUL was a “nervous wreck” during her American Idol comeback, insiders say — but the songbird was not so jittery she couldn’t brand her former co-judge Simon “Mr. Nasty” Cowell an “STD!”

Special guest Randy Jackson and trash-talker Cowell previously teamed with Paula in the 2000s to make the talent show the biggest hit on TV — and Abdul temporaril­y resumed her role after country crooner Luke Bryan tested positive for COVID-19.

But when Randy told Paula seeing her on the set “seems like old times,” the Forever Your Girl cutie blurted: “We’re just missing the STD!”

The remark caught host Ryan Seacrest off-guard as he held a computer device linking Abdul and Jackson, who was not physically present. Ryan exclaimed: “The what?!”

At that point Paula joked she meant it was an abbreviati­on for “Super Talented, Debonair,” not sexually transmitte­d disease.

The 58-year-old singerdanc­er also referred to Simon, who’s only three years her senior, as a “grandfathe­r.”

While Paula seemed in the swing of things, joining the current Idol panel of Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, she was reportedly a bundle of nerves backstage before her April 12 comeback show.

“It was like she’d never done it before,” tattles a spy. “Her pals couldn’t believe it! They told her she had more experience judging than anyone out there!”

But fans mostly lauded the return of the unpredicta­ble, ditzy beauty.

One tweets: “Only Paula Abdul can work in ‘We’re missing the STD’ on a family show on ABC.”

But even Paula was shocked by her big mouth. She later told Katy and Lionel: “I can’t believe I said that!”

 ??  ?? Abdul returned to American Idol as a fill-in judge and had lots to say
Abdul returned to American Idol as a fill-in judge and had lots to say
 ??  ?? Randy Jackson, Paula and Simon were the original judges when the show debuted in 2002
Randy Jackson, Paula and Simon were the original judges when the show debuted in 2002

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