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Paula: Simon Saved My Butt

1/10/2007 10:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Simon and PaulaPaula Abdul says that she might have been fired from "American Idol" if Simon Cowell hadn't come to her rescue.

In today's New York Post, Paula says that when allegations surfaced that she'd had an inappropriate affair with Corey Clark during "Idol's" second season, it was Cowell who ultimately stepped up for her. "He was extremely distraught and protective and supportive of me when that happened," says Abdul. "There's the times when he's like a big brother – or a lover."

Of course, as "Idol" watchers know well, Paula also tells the Post that it's not all wine and roses with Cowell: "When he's just annoyed, I get the brunt of it."

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I wonder if they're still making costume changes on James Brown? You know, they changed his outfit three times the weekend of the funeral.

Please, please, please.................. let him go............... RIP, Godfather.

2806 days ago

in the know    

I agree that Britney is the worst and I mean worst dressed so called celebrity I have ever seen. Here is someone who has access to the best stylists around and she still goes out looking like a left over from the 70's. She should be fined for leaving the house on a daily basis without combing or washing her hair. She could still drink until she is blue in the face and look good, if she took a half hour a day while the nannies are watching the kids to work out with a personal trainer. The best revenge is success and looking great. Paris does not belong in the same category. She always looks great and coordinated. She also dresses age appropriate. How you could compare the two when comes to style is unbelievable.

2806 days ago


Well at least I opened this up and I didn't see Britney Spear's face. As for Paula, lover maybe, thank Simon for more than just that. Your fame almost was over. Thank American Idol.

2806 days ago

Ginger Gargoyle    

Aw man, I hope that casket was made by Tupperware!

My guess is the fight has less to do with where he will be laid to rest and more to do with $$! Put the squabbling aside people and move on...this is why I never ever wanted to be famous.

2806 days ago

Al Sharpton is a racist    

No only did Paris and Britney tie for the #1 position for worst dressed but they also tied the #1 position for MOST HERPES!!!!

I am surprised that TMZ even reported this about Paris since they are paid to make sure Paris looks good.

2806 days ago


Paula Abduhl is a drug addicted mess. And a liar. She definately screwed that American Idol contestant. Remember that message she left on is home recorder that he played for the media? That told the real story. Paula should have been fired.

2806 days ago


I'm just in shock over the Evan Rachel Wood and Marilyn Manson pairing. Went from the sweet, little girl on "Once and Again" to supposedly dating the king of shock/goth rock. I never thought I'd see it...
Although the movie, "Thirteen" should have tipped me off to the direction she was going in...

2806 days ago


Beech Island is neither a beach nor an island; so, you probably should say his body is in Beech Island, SC, not on Beech Island. The latest from the local news is that the family will build a marble mausoleum and open the estate like Graceland.

2806 days ago

DiRTyBuNNy're supposed to care about all this b.s. because...?

2806 days ago


Simon Cowell is truly one of the greats of the modern broadcast industry. The American Idol franchise is now worth $2.5 billion by one recent estimate -- and yet three major networks turned it down! Their loss. Bravo, Simon! I'm your biggest fan! Sincerely, Myron Kempelstein

2806 days ago


To the Brown Family; Please lay the Godfather ,to the rest that he deserves.

2806 days ago


Glad to see someone has said Beech Island is not an island. Grew up there in North Augusta, close to it. Oh James Brown, what a character...even after he's gone.

2806 days ago


I believe Paula has a relationship with Corey Clark, phone records do not lie.

As for James Brown, it get goes to show you how greedy and uncaring people can be after someone dies. May he rest in peace.

2806 days ago


I met Paula A. a couple of years ago at a benefit in LA...She was super sweet, was EXTREMELY courteous and gracious to all that wanted an autograph or wished her well and didn't drink a thing, although there was plenty of alcohol at the fundraiser...You can't say that IF you were in her shoes when Simon says some of the nasty things he does to teenagers, that you too wouldn't also want to muzzle him from time to time...

2806 days ago


Paula Abdul is sweet, but she and I had a dispute once at an industry event where she switched place cards so that she could sit next to one of the Baldwin brothers, I forget which one, the one who has been involved with pornography I think it was -- and so I ended up and I ended up sitting next to the King of Morocco -- and I can't get him to stop calling me now!

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