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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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46.

mspriceisright    

I guess she must need more money to buy the great drugs that she seems to be on every show.....who cares if she leaves? She is a mindless idiot.

1835 days ago
47.

Toune    

11. SHE MAKES THE SHOW.............. PAULA DESERVES A LOT MORE THAN SHE IS GETTING............


MONEY TALKS, B/S WALKS..............

Posted at 10:20AM on Jul 20th 2009 by SHOW ME THE MONEY..............

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U GOTTA BE KIDDING!!! Paula Does NOT make the show, the common folk people who are out to win AI are the ones that make the show....she gets paid to sit and judge people, without even breaking a sweat....I'm thinking they are ALL over paid as is.

1835 days ago
48.

Donna    

If Paula goes, I will not watch the show again. Simon (NASTY COW) Cowell should be the one leaving. She has trouble sleeping and people look at it as if she is drinking or popping pills.. get a clue losers. She is what makes the show in my opinion and I like Randy Jackson as well.

1835 days ago
49.

theroyalgs    

GRACIAS A DIOS!!!!

1835 days ago
50.

PolarBear    

NO-ONE watches American Idol for the talent level, they watch it for the reactions of the judges and with Simon being so predicable, he's not a draw. Other than Paula, the others are too mellow. Paula is a major reason to watch that show, if the predictably low talent level of the stage performers doesn't make you turn off the TV first. Sign Paula for $10 million annually MINIMUM to get back to rationality.

Why they gave Seacrest anything over $3 million annually is indefensible stupidity; he's part of the no-talent blobs of protoplasm that litter the stage.

1835 days ago
51.

Sherry    

While I like the original format of Idol @ Simon, Paula & Randy, it does boggle my mind that Ryan is getting 15 mil a year and Paula is getting 2.5 mil. I think all 4 should make the same amount per year but thats just me. Also I don't want a 4th judge, especially not Kara!

Finally, if Paula does walk, can I work 1 season @ 2.5 mil? It sure beats my unemployment, it would take me completely out of debt & I could retire in style! POOF, damn, I woke up

1835 days ago
52.

Inny    

The only important judge is Simon.

They should hire the previous years winner to be a judge.

Change yearly.

1835 days ago
53.

max    

This is another discrimanation against women. All the men have received more money, why not Paula. If she is not on the show, I and many of my friends will not watch. We enjoy her and Simon having the banter. The show will be the loser.

1835 days ago
54.

Inny    

If Paula wasn't on this show....where would she be?

Think about it.

She'd be Kathy Lee Gifford wishing she hadn't left Regis.

1835 days ago
55.

Mememememememe    

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT FOX....THE MOST PREJUDICED NETWORK ON THE AIR. IF SHE AND RANDY DO NOT GET FAIR PAY, THEY SHOULD SUE FOX FOR DISCRIMINATION. IT'S OK FOR THE TWO WHITE BOYS TO GET CRAZY PAY, BUT THE TWO WHO FALL IN PROTECTED CLASSES GET BREAD CRUMBS. THIS IS A CASE FOR A WISE LATINA!

1835 days ago
56.

BETTYB    

American Idol has already secured the two people that are ciritical to the success of the show---Simon and Ryan. Randy and Paula could go or stay and not change the dynamics of the show. They should remember Dunkelman and be glad they have a high-paying job!~

1835 days ago
57.

anthonysdreamgirl**    

i think the original line-up of paula, randy and simon just works! people tune in as much for the judges as the contestants. if ryan and simon weren't getting paid so much, i'd say paula was being ridiculous in her request. but seacrest is making so much money, paula should UP her price even more. she is seen/heard more than him...it isn't fair...and yes, these salaries are obscene, but that's hollywood folks!

1835 days ago
58.

PolarBear    

I agree with marina; the show is actively discriminating against women. While Paula should walk and do something better with her time, the show management is showing amazing lack of backbone and business skill by giving Seacrest $15 million, which is about 8X overpayment. Seacrest could be replaced with someone who is more of a draw in MINUTES!

Who do people talk about, of all the judges, before, during and after the show. Simon is totally predictable every time, he just throws in the cranky performance to fan out his available time and draw attention to himself. He doesn't offer top quality judgement. Far from it. It's Paula that people wait to see. They know that only one in twenty performers is going to be offering a kind of talent worth keeping around. I'd recommend the show management take a damned close look at how much longer they think they can stay on air, with this kind of nonsensical contract signing going on!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's a sign of collapse.

1835 days ago
59.

Mememememememe    

WHERE ARE ALL THE IMMIGRANT BASHERS? YOU SUPPORT AN IMMIGRANT (SIMON COWELL) TAKING MULTI-MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AWAY FROM THESE AMERICANS?

1835 days ago
60.

jake    

Boot her off. Enough of these millionares wanting more money. Get someone else and maybe they'll learn once and for all. Were sure MANY people would take less than her current wages. Give the balance to curs some sicknesses in this country of help the needy children. Goodby Paula.

1835 days ago
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