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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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76.

soundmixer    

this is all the art of negotiation; paula deserves more $$$ this year; they are all getting alot more money this year in their contracts: at least seacrest and simon are (i don't know about randy). so why shouldn't paula get a nice $$$ raise??? come on people!#$%^& you know she's fun to watch on the show; and the bickering with her and simon is great entertainment!!! she deserves as much money as she can get!!! the show is a success!!!! believe me a good raise for paula is not "going to break the bank" for that show. SHE WILL BE BACK!! SIMON ALREADY KNOWS A GOOD PERCENTAGE OF THE VIEWERS WILL NOT TUNE IN IF PAULA IS NOT ON THE SHOW --- SHE'S JUST BEING A HARD BARGAINER!! GOOD FOR HER!!! MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND

1868 days ago
77.

tiffany    

if paula is out im not watching idol and listen people i know you older people are tierd of idol then dont watch it but the kids for the futrure need it so you really only think of yourselves. i want paula to stay she evens out simons funny yet nasty comments and shes like the heart of the show i even saw an interview he said that cause reallly she is im not watching it without her. shes basically the one who knows the most about tone of a voice and if you dont know that then where have you been. we need her and i hope she comes back even though she has stated in a tweet that she not coming bac but tons of people will not watch it. no paula no idol. and dont u think if she leaves simons gonna wanna leave next season. so basically if we dont have her its gonna be boring no saula no funny cute bright paula but we have kara :/ i like her but not as a juge i dont think shes that good at. keep paula and if they wan kara keep her 2 dont take paula out and replace her thats like taking a mother out of a family after that every thing falls apart

1868 days ago
78.

smartpro    

Publicity stunt. When are the cult followers of AI going to wiseup and let that show die.

1868 days ago
79.

grossed out    

AMERICAN IDOL WILL NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT PAULA. I HIGHLY SUGGEST FOX PAY HER AT LEAST 5 million per year to stay on the show. GET RID OF KARA SHE"S HORRIBLE. SIMON, RANDY, and PAULA HAVE THE MAGICAL CHEMISTRY. GED RID OF KARA and you will be able to afford PAULA. WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING BRINKING KARA. She's like watching paint dry on the wall.

1868 days ago
80.

JJ    

I don't blame Paula. Everyone else gets millions in raises & they want to give her a $600,000 raise? I'd tell them to stuff it where the sun doesn't shine! Good for you Paula!

With Kara there again this year, they show will tank. Can't stand her!!!!!!!

1868 days ago
81.

the truth hurts huh    

If she does stay on the show - it will prove that all this was just a BIG PR STUNT!!! Just like everything else the producers of that phony show do. Look how many marginally talented - definitely NOT Pop Idol material (BORING in fact) singers they have "chosen" in the last few years. God only knows why. But this show needs to be OVER.

1868 days ago
82.

Wayne E. Gibbs    

I for one believe that Paula Abdul should have quit last year! It is obvious that fox tv that Paula should not be paid and equal share because of gender. But prissy Miss Seacrest and Simon Bloody Cow-ell get paid generously for there no talent experience, why should'nt Paula? I am still trying to figure out what Randy is there for? Colorful perspective maybe? Whatever the reason, Paula has been dis-respected by the show, its producers, and needs to leave the show because networks need to understand that not every woman shines like Oprah but they do deserve the consideration of being paid like her. It's a matter of respect!!!

1868 days ago
83.

Alan    

WE WANT PAULA, WE WANT PAULA, WE WANT PAULA, WE WANT PAULA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1867 days ago
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