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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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76.

Mom in Evans    

I am no American Idol fan, but if they can pay Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell all that money then why shouldn't Paula be getting her cut? Why does she even have to go through these theatrics to get money they would just hand over to the 'fellas' without all the bull. There is always info that the public is not privy to, but I get tired of women in general getting the shaft when it comes to pay.

1884 days ago
77.

nancy    

It's really crazy that Seacrest was signed for $45 million. Who cares about Seacrest? They could replace him with dozens of other announcers and no one would care.

Paula is incredibly popular, she's far more important to the show than Seacrest. If Paula wants to stay for peanuts, just because she likes doing the show, fine. Otherwise, she should think seriously about walking. Why work for stupid people who thinks the announcer is more important than the judges?

1884 days ago
78.

C    

She is SO dumb. Like she can do anything else?! Who else is going to pay her millions of dollars to act like a moron? Just because the paps can catch her acting that way 24/7 doesn’t mean they’ll pay her for it. And maybe she should just stop and think that Ryan may be worth that much more because he can form a coherent sentence and usually knows which contestant he’s referring to with his comments.

1884 days ago
79.

griff    

paula evens out the show.....simons caustic mouth, randy's blandness, kira doesn't count. paula says it like it is, and says it like she's not trying to kill you or make you feel like a piece of s--t. they would be smart to offer her what ever she wants. she's worth it.

1884 days ago
80.

molly    

This has-been can't even form a coherent sentence. She's making about 10 times what she's actually worth. She should take what they offer and be thankful for it. I mean, what are her other options? Is the LA Taco Bell hiring?

1884 days ago
81.

bh2    

I'm really surprised that American Idol wants Paula Abdul to continue being on the program. I don't think she adds anything to the show. She "pretends" to bicker with Simon and acts very childish (she's too old to be behaving like that). She has a hard time forming sentences and finding correct words to use. Get someone else to replace her.

1884 days ago
82.

The Cable Guy    

Hope she comes back. It will be more entertaining. I watch the show to see hers and Simons comments.

1884 days ago
83.

Not an Idol Fae    

Paula is lucky to have any job at all. Although Seacrest's salary is totally ridiculous. She either needs to shut up and take her pittance or walk. The show would be a lot better if they would replace the whole panel.

1884 days ago
84.

PolarBear    

I'd like to see Paula sue FOX for $50 million, win easily and get the $50 million in a one-time payment, and all of this taking place before the end of September 2009.

1884 days ago
85.

PolarBear    

By signing Seacrest to a three-year $45 million deal, FOX is admitting that Americal Idol won't be around three years from now.

GREAT NEWS!

1884 days ago
86.

cochino    

you DO know that this whole thing is scripted right?

The producers dictate who wins and who goes

This panel reads the prompter in what to say. Well most do, one just slurs things and we're supposed to clap and call it entertainment.

The fleecing of american braincells

1884 days ago
87.

lenabenas21    

I agree that the unemployment rate is out of control and we have way more things to be concerned with in the economy then Paula Abdoul's paychecks. That being said, IDOL makes a grip of money for Fox and aires 3 nights a week normally beating out all the competition. It's a huge hit, even last season when ratings were down - it's still a cash cow. There is no way I'd work for $2-3 mil a season knowing Ryan Seacrest is making $15 Mil - no way... if you can pay the host that much $ the judges should be making at least that if not more. Simon is the best, he makes the show but it would not be the same without crazy Paula and chill Randy... I would watch if Seacrest was replaced but not one of the origional judges.

1884 days ago
88.

who gives a shit    

She should be pissed off!

1884 days ago
89.

NZLder    

Be fair, she works hard for the money!

1884 days ago
90.

Laura    

PAULA IS TO "AMERICAN IDOL" WHAT JAY LENO WAS TO "THE TONIGHT SHOW"////////WITHOUT PAULA THERE IS NO SHOW......................

1884 days ago
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