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Welcome to Hollywood -- Abdul Threatens 'Idol'

7/19/2009 11:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula AbdulPaul Abdul is hurt, angry and threatening to quit "American Idol" ... like "60 Minutes" wants to snatch her up.

It's absurd, but Abdul's manager told the L.A. Times, "Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back on 'Idol," adding "Idol" producers have been "rude and disrespectful" by not offering her a new deal.

Ok, let's now get real. Our "A.I." spies say Abdul is raking in about 2 1/2 million bucks a year -- a nice check, but compared to the $15 mil a year that Ryan Seacrest just sealed ...

In Hollywood, stars have to talk the walk in order to rob the bank. Paula's manager says since "Idol" hasn't offered her a new deal she's now considering starting a competitive show. Here's the deal ... Paula tried starting her own series a few years back with Paramount .... NIGHTMARE! The idea crashed and burned.

So it's yet another ploy for more moolah, and more power to her. Whatever the deal it's a long way from Paula's first season paycheck -- our "A.I." spies say she was pulling in $5,000 a week.

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151.

Observer    

No surprise here. When they brought Kara onboard, I
knew Paula's days were numbered. Paula should've seen this one
coming.

1883 days ago
152.

Koki    

How can the show treat Paula like this? She is the HEART of Idol!!! I have not warmed up to Kara and find her comments dull in comparison to Paula's. Sure Paula has been a character over the years, but that is what makes her fun to watch. You never know what she is going to say but you always know that she reacts from her gut, like a true fan of pop music. She does act like Simon and give the "exec in the music business" standpoint. That's fine too, but you need a judge who can evaluate from a fan's point of view as well. She dances to the music and she feels it. She also is so kind to the contestants and points out the good parts of their performances so they can build on that (rather than just throwing them a pile of negative comments).

Come on! Let's all support Paula!

1883 days ago
153.

Interracial facial    

Paula, you go girl! Go do your own show, one that allows masculine males and contestants from the east coast. We all know AI is a velvet mob farce of a talent show.

1882 days ago
154.

SUSIEQ    

Paula is just another woman being subjected to male chavism. She does a good job- has a better memory of each contestant performance-than either Simon nor Randy. Kara adds a new flavor to the judgement times- which I like. Both the girls & the guys should be paid accordingly. Not the same pay as Simon-without Simon there is no show- but enough to show their appreciation for their consistant judgement of these contestants. They certainly do as good a job as Ryan.

1876 days ago
155.

Olwj    

I have to sympathise with Paula on this occasion purely on the groups of the principle that there has been relative equality in terms and conditions of all those involved in the show. The huge disparity and variance in pay is not justified because they all work as a team to contribute to the success of the show.

1867 days ago
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