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What Went Down with Paula and 'A.I.'

8/5/2009 11:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula Abdul and 'A.I.'Our sources at "American Idol" say the show made Paula Abdul two offers ... and then she just went and quit by tweet.

As we already reported, we're told Paula was pulling in somewhere between $2 and $3 million a year and she wanted more. Our sources say "A.I." made her an offer that she didn't like at all. Paula countered but producers didn't want to pay that much, so they countered with another offer.

Rather than responding to the second offer, Paula shocked everyone by tweeting her goodbye. The weirdest thing ... "A.I." took the tweet seriously and responded with an official sayonara.

We're told Paula made it especially difficult during the negotiations because she changed management twice.

One person at "Idol" called her reaction "an emotional tweet." You don't learn that in law school.

As for what she'll do, we're told producer Nigel Lythgoe has given her a standing offer to be a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Here's what we're thinking -- he'd kill to make her a regular.

Paula's kinda crazy ... but crazy sells.

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writebrain    

Dear Paula: Welcome to the world of being a Woman and dealing with FreMantle. They have no respect for us, and even less for thoseof us with talent.

1719 days ago
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Mememememememe    

THIS IS THE BIGGEST FORM OF GENDER DISCRIMINATION. I HOPE SHE SUES THE PANTS OFF OF AMERICAN IDOL AND FOX. THEY BOTH SUCK!

1719 days ago
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Andrea    

first

1719 days ago
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Peterson32    

She's been useless for some time.

The same can be said about Ryan Seacrest who recently dumped the agent who got him onto that crapfest to begin with by begging for this moron Seacrest to get the job in the first place then dumped said agent a few weeks ago while that agent was lying in the hospital deathly ill. A first class jerk all the way.

1719 days ago
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Sassy    

She still made millions...greed is a terrible thing.

1719 days ago
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$$$    

I hear the Lakers need some dancers...

1719 days ago
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doc murry    

so how does all this tie into michael jackson....

1719 days ago
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Dr. DMgemini63    

Girl go tl so you think you can dance, much better show better than ai and you will not have to listen to horrible singing.

1719 days ago
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rick    

Man this bitch is nothing but a washed up POP star she hasnt had a hit in 20 years. Who the hell does she think she is to demand so much money. She is a nobody she needs to realize that. So long U fN drunk

1719 days ago
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cochino    

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

tell me this will be the LAST post on this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this topic is such a waste of webspace

1719 days ago
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TORI    

I love Paula and without her the show will suck. Ryan Seacrest is a nothing he deserves the money he's getting as much as my fish does. Simon is worth his weight in gold and so is Paula. She should be getting at least what Simon makes. The shows powers that be are real idiots for letting her go!!!

1719 days ago
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Rip Off Chris    

I am so sick of hearing about all this freakin money crap that these people are making! The money these people make is Not what any of them are worth!This goes for actors, ball players,and other pro sports,news casters,musicians.None of them deserve it!.This stupid amout of money they are paying Seacrest is obnoxious! & GROSS!.Come on America wake up already!!Quit feeding their egos!and get back to what really matters! DUMB A$$ HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!You people make me sick!

1719 days ago
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Not Amused    

The writing was on the wall when they brought in that other know-it-all (younger) chickie who just HAD to prove that she has a body comparable to The Bikini Girl (oy vey! that was embarassing!).

Now all we'll have are four boooooring idiots. **yawwwn**

I've been a loyal viewer since the inception of this show, but won't be taping or tuning in this season.

Unless....Seacreast decides to come out of the closet during a live show, and plants a big kiss on Adam....

1719 days ago
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BangBingBoo    

They take Kara over Paula?? Are they crazy? Can't stand Kara - Loved Paula. Her sweet craziness was definitely the reason to watch.
Won't be watching any more. AI is over for me

1719 days ago
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marbles    

The show is called American Idol, not Paula Idol. The show will be just fine.

1719 days ago
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