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What It Takes To Keep Paula on 'Idol'

8/7/2009 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

 Paula Abdul on 'Idol'Sources tell us Paula Abdul will make a deal with "American Idol" if the price is right -- and we're told that price is $10 million a year.

We've already reported well-connected "Idol" sources say they haven't closed the door on bringing Paula back for season 9. We're told they have not communicated with Abdul since she tweeted her goodbye, and auditions start Friday -- without Paula.

But here's the deal. Our sources say Paula was not happy with the "Idol" offer but willing to sign -- just days before her deal-breaking tweet. She had a sudden change of heart, largely because she felt "disrespected" by "Idol" execs who had offered Simon and Ryan a lot more than they offered her. We're told the show offered her around $4 million a year.

In the end, we're told the magic number is $10 mil. If "Idol" antes up, they can buy a loose cannon.

**Check out yesterday's TMZ Live -- when Harvey and Charles answered your questions about Paula's fate and Debbie Rowe showing up to Dr. Arnie Klein's office again.

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lk    

As we are all aware, celebrities are extremely overpaid.
That being said, Paula's value is certainly as much as Ryan's, if not more, depending on your personal opinion. She is the balance to Simon. Personally, I would not watch the show without Simon and Paula.
They ARE the ones we watch to agree or disagree with.
I'm glad she's taking a hard line.
You're worth it Paula.

1886 days ago
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puddintang    

They should pay whatever it takes to keep Paula. Who wants to watch Idol without Paula, Simon and Randy? Why on earth would they pay Ryan more than Paula? Ryan can be replaced and no one would care but not Paula.

1901 days ago
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Very Proud    




Stand your ground Paula.......


YOU DESERVE every penny of that money you want. American Idol makes a ton more off of people watching you on the show...

You Go Girl!!!!

1901 days ago
4.

WTF    

Pay her 10 million a year to contribute pretty much nothing and come to work high? They can get someone with a lot more talent and knowledge of the entertainment industry. She's a has been who should accept has been pay.

1901 days ago
5.

Very Proud    

IN YOUR OPINION,

WHY DO YOU THINK (A.I.) WON'T GIVE PAULA aBDUL THE MONEY SHE IS ASKING FOR?

THEY COULD OF ****NOT*** HIRED KARA D. AND GIVEN PAULA THE MONEY SHE ASKED FOR.


i LIKE PAULA EVEN IF SHE DID SEEM DRUGED UP OR DRUNK.

LAST SEASON SHE SEEMED TO BE IN MUCH BETTER FORM.

SIMON SEEMED TO REALLY GET ALONG WITH HER AND LIKED HER ALWAYS PLAYING AROUND DURNING THE SHOW.


***** I WON'T WATCH THIS NEXT SEASON IF (PAULA) ISN'T THERE.

BYEBYE IDOL!

1901 days ago
6.

Dilemma    

What is she doing she needs to money........she better take 5 milli a year and get back to chilling with Simon and Randy of the chipmunks...I know Randy's not a chipmunk but it soiunds nice.......

1901 days ago
7.

family memeber    

What about Randy?? How much does he get paid and why doesn't he make it a big deal like Paula?

1901 days ago
8.

Over It Already    

$10MM a year, eh? Get over yourself Ms. Abdul. I realize that the producers of this ridiculous show make tons of dough, but c'mon... no one deserves to make $10MM a year for sitting on their butt and telling people how wonderfully they just performed. Hell, I don't think Brad Pitt and George Clooney deservce that much dough for acting in a film either, but at least I'd watch the film. Sorry girl, but you better get down here on earth with the remainder of us mortals and realize that if you want a paying gig, you'll have to 'settle'.

1901 days ago
9.

!!    


Idol Execs should send her the following Tweet...

"Paula, Hit the bricks, kick rocks, pound sand, and leave the key to your dressing room",

1901 days ago
10.

jas    

What does Kara (American Idol Judge) get paid? How long is she contracted for? If anyone should leave the show it should be her in my opinion.

1901 days ago
11.

ladynblack    

IF PRINCE AND PARIS WEREN'T LEGALLY ADOPTED BY MICHAEL AND THEY ARE NOT MICHAEL BIOLOGICALLY KIDS.DOES THAT MEAN "LEGALLY" THAT THOSE AREN'T MICHAEL CHILDREN ANDTHE MONEY DOES NOT PERTAIN TO THEM TWO? AND KATHERINE DOES NOT HAVE A RIGHT TO THEM.

1901 days ago
12.

Annie    

Question concerning Debbie Rowe/Klein:

If Dr. Klein is the biological father of two of the children, does he have any legal rights to the children? Are there any provisions in the law that would supercede any contracts that may have been signed?

1901 days ago
13.

Sad    

Well if she wants to go then let her, $10 million are you kidding?

1901 days ago
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welc ome    

Do you think Debbie may be telling Klein to back off?

1901 days ago
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nini    

i would rather see paula than that other lady she was kind of rude and that is what simon is for.

http://yvonnesreview.weebly.com

1901 days ago
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