"She'll be fine. She'll be on the show," Cowell toldExtra in a Monday report. "I don't get a lot of say. I've just made it clear that I want Paula on the show."
The three-year contract Abdul signed with Fox in March 2006 expired at the conclusion of Idol's eighth season this past spring, and while Cowell previously guaranteed that all four of the show's judges will be back, Abdul is still without a new deal.