"She'll be fine. She'll be on the show," he tells Extra. "I don't get a lot of say. I've just made it clear that I want Paula on the show."
Added host Ryan Seacrest (who just inked a $45 million, three-year contract): "I think as far as I know, you'll see everybody back. I hope so."
David Sonenberg, Abdul's manager, raised concern over the weekend, telling the Los Angeles Times that the singer-dancer hasn't been offered a contract yet.
"She's not a happy camper as a result of what's going on. She's hurt," he told the paper.
Meanwhile, a grass-roots "Keep Paula" campaign has launched on Twitter to keep Abdul on the show.
Matt Giraud, Anoop Desai and Danny Gokey -- who are now on the Idol live tour - are among the alums who've taken time out to join the campaign.
Over the weekend, Abdul took to her Twitter page to thank fans for standing by her.
She wrote: "I"m actually moved 2 tears upon reading the enormous amount of tweets showing me your kindness, love & undying support. God bless all you! If it weren't for you, this specific time and situation would feel a lot worse! XoP"
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