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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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Maggie    

Paula is way better than Kara just her ugh. What is Idol thinking letting Paula go bab bad but bad choice.

1840 days ago
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Linda    

Paula deserves to be making $10 million. We are still stuck in a time warp where MEN get paid better for doing the same job as WOMEN.
Ryan is funny but not $15 million funny!!!!!!
Simon love him to death. But $45 million???? Come on FOX are you crazy!!!!!!
All the judges should be making the same. They all do the same job. As far I can tell from watching the show since it first aired.
And Kara what a waste. People I know could not understand why you even brought in as 4th judge. My husband who watches the show with me. He has no choice because I watch it. Did not like to listen to what Kara had to say. He would say. "She just wastes a good seat." Let Kara go and give Paula her salary.
I am a 53 year old woman. And voted every since the first season. I even went to see Kelly Clarkson in concert shortly after she won. Paula singled her out pretty early as being a real contender. Not Randy or Simon.
Breaking up Paula, Randy and Simon is like if you would have broken up the three stooges. Never the same again.
I will miss American Idol but I am set in my ways. I will not be watching the show again.

1838 days ago
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