Paula Abdul & Simon CowellWhile backstage at the 64th Annual Tony Awards Gift Lounge, Paula Abdul had a lot to talk about regarding Simon Cowell's departure from 'American Idol.' While the rumors have been swirling about who is going to replace him -- names like Bret Michaels and Howard Stern have been tossed around -- Abdul named her official choice: Simon's mother!

"I think Simon's mom would be brilliant because who knows him better than she?" Abdul gushed to PopEater backstage at the gift lounge.

Abdul opened up about her new show, 'Got to Dance,' her thoughts about Michaels as an 'Idol' judge and hilarious moments from the 'Idol' finale that didn't make the air. >>>