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Don't Kiss Paula Goodbye ... Just Yet

8/6/2009 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paula AbdulThe door isn't completely slammed on Paula Abdul ...

Multiple "American Idol" insiders are telling TMZ there is a chance Paula will come back to the show. Reality -- better than a good chance.

We're told the conflict is ultimately all about money ... and buzz leading up to season 9.

But for now, "A.I." is full speed ahead -- auditions for the show are set for tomorrow ... without Abdul.

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31.

schoen1    

I hope she stays.

1872 days ago
32.

Mark    

Paula is the show, if she is not there, the show will lose lots of viewers. It sucks that only the men get the big bucks and the women get lost when it comes to money. Simon is not worth the money he makes, but the producers think he is. I hope they do right by Paula and get her back on the show, if not, it will be lights out for AI.

1872 days ago
33.

MJ ROCKS    

Really Gahhh? No one cares? You speak for all? I care. I like her. If she doesn't return to the show, I'm not watching it.

1872 days ago
34.

Mememememememe    

BEND OVER

1872 days ago
35.

Victoria    

She's been asked to join So You Think You Can Dance. Leaving Idol would a mistake. She's the 'crazy aunt' we've come to enjoy and will never be as popular as her presence on Idol with Simon.

1872 days ago
36.

Woo Hoo!!!!    

Should of known it was too good to be true. I guess this whole thing was another pathetic publicity stunt.

1872 days ago
37.

tangledweb    

Love you Paula!!! Don't let them treat you like second rate. Women always make less money than men, but don't rub it in our faces!!!!!!!!!!!

1872 days ago
38.

al    

Paula is way more valuable then ryan what makes him worth 24 million? anybody can fill his shoes. Not so with Paula Paula is a HUGE part of show If Paula goes i probaly wont be watching. Bottom line shes worth a lot more then ryan so PAY THE GIRL

1872 days ago
39.

DONNA    

Simon and Paula make the show. Simon is the big mouth that everyone loves to hate and Paula is the trainwreck everyone loves to watch. We might can't understand every sentence but we love Paula. She brings something to the show that only Paula can. She brings energy to the show by getting up and dancing and always having a good time. It's fun watching her and Simon yell at each other one minute then kiss each other the next. You can't get rid of Paula. She's too good for the show. Between Simon, Paula and Adam last year was the best year EVER! I would love to see a reality show with Simon, Paula and Adam in it. Paula and Simon fighting their true feelings for one another and Adam with his lovers. Now that would be a great reality show.

1872 days ago
40.

iamcuriousyellow    

Yup. We've been had. It was all a publicity stunt and we fell for it.

1872 days ago
41.

ME    

WHY CANT WE KISS HER FAT ASS GOODBYE, UGLY LITTLE DRUGGIE ELF... GOOD RIDANCE...

1872 days ago
42.

DONNA    

Look if annoying Seacrest can get paid ALL THOSE MILLIONS what is it like 45 M then Paula deserves alot more then they are offering. That's a slap in the face to Paula and women around the world. How can wether Seacreast is the host and Paula is the judge make that big difference in money, they make a team on the show and the pay difference should not be that HUGE a difference. But I guess it's Hollywood and that's where all the dirty business deals take place.

1872 days ago
43.

trish    

PAULA IS A GREAT ASSET TO THE SHOW. I DON'T LIKE KARA SHE THINKS SHE'S SO BEAUTIFUL. I BET SHE'S GOT SECRETS ABOUT HERSELF THAT NOONE KNOWS ABOUT LIKE SEX TAPES ETC.

1872 days ago
44.

seabass    

A.I. has produce some pretty amazing talent in the past. Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood (the best selling idol ever per record sales) Chris Daughtry and Jennifer Hudson. Idol will not be the same without Paula. Come on people we watch because we really just want to see want comes out of Paula's mouth. Is she or isn't she drunk tonight???

1872 days ago
45.

Bart    

This publicity stunt has grown old, tiresome, and transparent. Just like Paula, Simon, and that other dude.
Does anyone really believe the former Mrs. Esteves won't be back?
~yawn~

1872 days ago
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