Paula Abdul proved her sense of humor remains strong in the face of controversy, making a cameo during a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that lampooned her woes as an "American Idol" judge.

Paula Abdul proved her sense of humor remains strong in the face of controversy, making a cameo during a "Saturday Night Live" sketch that lampooned her woes as an "American Idol" judge. Abdul appeared at the end of the NBC show's opening segment to criticize actor/comedian Amy Poehler's imitation of her.

"You need to perfect the clap a little more and be a lot more sexier so contestants will be willing to sleep with you," Abdul said before smiling and delivering the show's iconic salutation, "Live from New York, it's Saturday night!"

Abdul has been under fire in recent weeks amid allegations that she had an affair with former contestant Corey Clark during the second season of "Idol." Clark, who was bounced from the show for failing to reveal a criminal record, is peddling a tell-all book about his experience and sat for a sweeps-week interview with ABC's "Primetime Live" last week.

Finesse Mitchell played Clark during the "SNL" skit, with Poehler aping Abdul's penchant for effusive praise of "Idol" performers and zeroing in on the controversy. "Corey, that was beautiful. You really blew me away," she said. "It's like I rolled over and said to you this morning, 'You have real star quality.' I'll see you at home."