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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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46.

Cindy    

Who gives a fluck?

Let's look at the logic here;

The economy is in the crapper. People are scraping by to make ends meet. People are losing their jobs, health insurance and homes.........(are we formulating a visual here yet folks?)............errum....ok......let me paint this picture a bit more clear...

Who in their right mind pays this kind of money to people (mind you average people just like anyone else) that the only thing that is different is that these "people" who wipe their butts and put their shoes on just like everyone else......is paid millions, multi millions to stand in front of a camera?

bleah.....it's not even worth trying to explain. Let these people get a dose of reality. Fluck sakes! Ryan Seacrest brings down that much dough? He's a flucking moron with an entourage of equal morons. For all of the people like Tom Cruise, (you add to the list) Angelina, Brad, who ever what ever that makes a movie; do you realize they are paid to portray the lives of everyday people???? Look at the irony!

This industry is way out of control just like sports. And it sucks mondo glick. A bunch of dillusional people wacked out living in a dillusional world and being paid stupid money for it.

Where do I sign up?? I want a ticket to ride the idiot train for a while.

Btw, anyone know what agent hit speed dial to sign their client for the Michael Jackson movie. Yea, this is the world we live in. Death, drugs, overkill and you've got a movie of the week!

American culture at it's best!

1734 days ago
47.

SassyS    

I hope she does go. If I had the capability, I would fast forward thru all of her comments. She makes me sick. I hate to hear all of her nonsense about the contestants. It is always the same old crap and she has no respect as a judge. Most of the time she is so high, she can't even talk. Go Paula Go.......

1734 days ago
48.

22plays    

The real story line here....new manager....going for the the last money grab Paula will ever have....which means what he makes off this commission will represent the bulk of what he makes off of Paula. Without the show Paula not only doesn't make money she becomes a huge pain in the a_s bugging him about getting work. So this will go away, Paula will be on the show, and the manager will get what he gets at the end of the day. DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE POSTERING!!!!

1734 days ago
49.

Cindy    

I am hurt and distressed by all of your comments.

I am a brilliant star the likes that no one has seen in Hollywood history.

I have bills to pay. Puppies to feed. Cars to buy. Homes to buy. Jewelry and coture clothing.....the bare necessities of life!

I barely scrape by as it is with a mere 1.5 million a year!

I can barely pay for my weekly salon and spa rituals.

I will walk out and you will all miss me because no one is standing in line to replace me.

I am Paula Ab'do'all.

I am irreplaceable.

I am worth more.

I want more.

I need more.

I, I, I, did I say I?

1734 days ago
50.

Buttercup321    

people say that if Paula leaves the show that they wont watch anymore- why?

Paula is a hot mess and has been so for years, so if its time for her to go ...........
All the judges are replacable ( yes that means simon too ) Maybe AI would do an overhaul on the show, it really hasnt changed since it began 400 hundred years ago.

So you think you can dance have made changes that make it interesting an fun to watch, Also the dancers show respect to the judges and really listen to their comments, it shows by the way the dancers improve week to week.

AI have no respect for the judges, they make rude comments and dont listen- which shows as they get more anoing as the weeks go on. Frankly at the finale I hardly care anymore, the winner - BY TALENT ALONE- should have been Adam but they play it safe with Kris , no compition for ANYONE, and that would be the reason if i stopped watching the show, not getting rid of Paula.

Im tired.

OK,Im done.........

1734 days ago
51.

Julian    

Ryan seacrest os a toooool!!

1734 days ago
52.

Woo Hoo!!!!    

Don't let the door hit your a** on the way out, Paula! Nobody feels sad for someone making $2.5 million dollars for sitting on their a** all day judging "talent".

1734 days ago
53.

Woo Hoo!!!!    

Does anyone even care about this tired show anymore? When you've seen one season, you've seen them all. And half of the people that win the show are nobodys again within a year.

1734 days ago
54.

mossy    

How did Paula Abdul get to be a judge in the first place? She can't sing worth a lick and apparently duped herself into thinking she could. How can she be judging others (and getting paid exhorbitant amounts of money to do so) when she failed to recognize her own shortcomings as a singer? I'd be delighted to see her go.

1734 days ago
55.

PASSION OF THE TAINT    

Now she can just fade away...
I will long for her retarded comments with cackling...

No really
She makes me laugh...
Please don't go...

1734 days ago
56.

KELC    

It amazes me that women are still not treated fairly in today's society, when are things going to change. Ryan gets 15 mil, Simon gets 100 mil and Paula 2.5 mil, what is wrong with this picture!

1734 days ago
57.

uhHuh    

GOOD----PLEASE, LEAVE!!!!
the DING DONG was lucky to have a shot of making some $$ without checking groceries before she dies. HOW DID SHE QUALIFY FOR JUDGE ANYWAYS????? ALL SHE EVER DID WAS RECORD A COUPLE STUPID BUBBLEGUM SONGS AND HAD A DEAL WITH THE LAKERS TO JUMP AROUND IN A MINI. HOW ABOUT A REAL JUDGE WHO WOULD KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT TALENT???
AND QUIT TRYING TO HIDE YOUR MOLE PAULA - WE KNOW IT'S THERE. YOU MAKE ENOUGH DOUGH TO HAVE IT REMOVED RATHER THAN PASTING IT!

1734 days ago
58.

Cuzzo    

The stars are not overpaid. This is just a liberal notion. If FOX can afford to pay this money it's because they make a lot of money in advertising for American Idol. So 45 million for 3 years is nothing because they make close to a billion off of the show.

Liberals always want to dictate what a person should make or what a person should have. Last I checked this was a free country and this means a person can negotiate a contract and make money and it's none of the liberals business.

1734 days ago
59.

Bratwurst Schmeckenhauser    

This is what´s wrong in America - Talentless idiots are being paid big $$$, while hard working Americans are being foreclosed because talentless douches with more money than them forced them into buying overpriced homes - after all, $15M a year need to be spent somehow!!!

1734 days ago
60.

frankiestage    

Paula's lawyer can make her arguments for her, so I won't do it here. But Seacrest getting so much more does seem bizarre. All the personalities help make the show. Simon I guess could justify making more than the others (doesn't he own a piece the show anyway?). But Seacrest pulling $15 mil? I'm gonna start calling Seacrest SupaHead, cause he must be laying it on some key somebodies real proper-like.

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