Kara DioGuardi is still shocked that Paula Abdul has quit American Idol after eight seasons, usmagazine.com reports.

“I can’t get over it. I’m completely shocked,” she said on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Friday. “It’s such a loss for the show, such a loss for the contestants. She’s definitely the heart of the panel.

“The kind of heart she treated the contestants with she treated me with last year,” said DioGuardi, who added that she was “scared” joining the show last season. “She was so kind to me and made me feel immediately like part of the panel.”

She added that she hopes Abdul “will reconsider” her decision to leave. DioGuardi shot down speculation that she was hired last season as an insurance policy against Abdul in case she leaves.

Abdul — who left show because she reportedly she didn’t get her desired $20 million US deal — isn’t sweating the fact that she is out of a job. “At this point, there are so many wonderful things that are being offered to me,” Abdul told the media late last week.