Abdul told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show that she was getting one TV station's questions in one ear and another in her other ear and that made it seem like she was in her "own little world."
In the video, the "Idol" judge could be seen swaying from side to side, making odd faces, and laughing in a strange fashion.
At the beginning of the interview, she was asked by the TV reporters what she was looking forward to this season. "How about a lot of you comin' in … it's a wild party where you are," she replied, which seemed to fall on deaf ears.
After much Internet talk about the segment, FOX supported the "Idol" judge in a statement given to TMZ on Monday.
"(Abdul) is a consummate professional who always gives 100% to everything she does. Last week, during a satellite press tour there were intermittent technical difficulties, including severe audio issues in which multiple stations were speaking to her at once," the statement said. "Rather than getting angry about these difficulties, or stopping the tour, Paula forged ahead and decided to have fun with the increasingly challenging situation. Unfortunately, because reporters and viewers were unaware of the situation, her humor was misconstrued."
The sixth season of the hit reality show begins Tuesday on FOX.