Paula Abdul told Jay Leno and his U.S. viewers an audio feed mix-up was the reason for her seemingly odd behavior during a recent television appearance.

Appearing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Abdul said the mishap occurred during a news conference in which she was looking at one camera and "there are 30 cities talking into your ear," People Magazine said.

"I guess Alabama was in my ear and so was Seattle at the same time, so I'm answering questions to the wrong answers of the cities," she said..

Abdul, 44, made the strange appearance on a local Seattle station in which she swayed, bobbed and winked at the anchors, the clip of which has been distributed on the Internet. When asked what she was looking forward to on the new season of "Idol," Abdul responded, "How about a lot of you coming in. It's a wild party where you are."

Afterward, Abdul's spokesman said she was not drinking or on drugs during the appearance. The Fox Network issued a statement of support for Abdul.

"I answered the right questions in one of the cities," she told Leno.