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Paula Abdul -- One Pissed Off Judge!

7/20/2009 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul is pissed off that Ryan Seacrest is a very rich man, our "American Idol" spies say.

Abdul isn't angry at Ryan personally for his new $45 million, 3-year deal, but she's bent out of shape at producers that she's making minimum "Idol" wage -- we're told between $2 and $3 mil a year.

Our spies say producers want Paula back for sure, but she's now doing the Hollywood thing of pretending like she'll walk.

Here's the fun part. Auditions for the next season start on August 6. We're told there are already plans to start the auditions without her if they don't have a deal.

As for what Paula wants -- we're told somewhere between 2 and 3 times what she's making now. Here's our guess -- $4.5 a year ... a lot better than the $5,000 a week she pulled in for season one.


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2-3million for doing a lot of nothing seems okay to me. It's not like she has ANYTHING ELSE going on, might as well take the money and he thankful that you're getting anything at all. I don't even like the show, but American Idol itself is way bigger than Paula Abdul at this point and perhaps she was a big draw in the first season, but now it's all about Simon and the only time she gets attention is when she's drunk and/or messed up on pain killers.

1887 days ago


Cant stand Ryan! Show cant make ratings without Paula! Paula is only thing on show that doesnt Suck!

1887 days ago


Paula is a washed up 80's has been and is being paid generously with that in mind. Hell I will do Idol for 500K/yr what a savings! And I dont even like that stupid fake show

1887 days ago


Must be nice to make 3 million dollars a year, especially when you don't work for two months of that year, and then be able to complain about it without getting fired.

I'm aware they work really hard and long hours, but come on.

1887 days ago


If Paula has a brain in her head, she'll take the 3 mil! What is her alternative? Back to HAS BEEN status! Don't be a greedy idiot, Paula, enjoy the ride and take the cash!

1887 days ago


Cya Paula.

1887 days ago


Hate it. I hope she STAYS gone.

1887 days ago


Oh, how did she make it with 250K a year when she first started??? She would do this for free, judge performances, such hard work..

1887 days ago

Winsome Davis III    

She doesn't work long hours. Get real people. All she does is sit on her fat ass and make stupid cloying comments like...."uhhhh....I really like you." Can't stand the show. Just another way to plug stupid products for brainless housewives who wish they could have given birth to a trannie singing superstar like Adam Limburger.

1887 days ago

Mark Byrn    

What's perverse is Ryan Seacrest collecting 45 million for doing so little; hard to feel sorry when the tax rates get jacked up for the rich; in fact, I'll applaud.

1887 days ago

Billy Bass    

Paule had to sue to get that job , if a judge is`nt handing it to her she cannot servive to raw talent which she has none !

1887 days ago

Shaw L.    

Oh, I'm so sad for her... Gee, I don't think I could make it on her piddly current salary or whatever you want to call it. Heaven forbid... how much money is enough... maybe she should try living on minimum wage or unemployment... Too Bad, So Sad!
She needs to get a REAL life!!!!!!!

1887 days ago


I think Paula is more important to that show than they realize

1887 days ago

Just Common    

I watched this show from day one and now will not watch again. Not because of the producers but because of Paula. Her career was in the can when they brought her on this show! She has no talent as a singer, that is why should could not tour when she did heve "hits"! She does not deserve the money and should be let go.

1887 days ago


Paula brings more to the show than Seacrest. All he does is announce stuff. How hard is that? If they pay him 15 mil a year its outrageous to pay Paula 2 mil. Kara needs to go, she's useless.

1887 days ago
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