In one of her first interviews since announcing her departure from American Idol, Paula Abdul reveals why she left her post on the judges’ panel — and wasn’t just about money, people.com reports.

“I had to stand on my principle,” Abdul, 47, told TV Guide. “I’m going to miss the experience of watching young talent evolve into a place where they get to take off and soar.”

The former Idol judge, who calls the show an “amazing experience,” says her decision wasn’t solely about a paycheck dispute. “I stand on principle where many people stand on money,” she said. “I’m a hard-working artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can’t do that unless you are good at what you do.”

So what’s next? “I definitely want to do a talk show because it would be different,” Abdul said. “It would be a lot of fun variety with a ton of unexpected stuff and tributes to everyday people getting their big chance.”