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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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marquetteu1bb    

If Rebbie eventually is the main caretaker of Michael's children, will she be moving back to Las Vegas with them? And if so, do you suspect that behind close doors Debbie Rowe and Mrs. Jackson having already discussed this and this is all figured and okayed in the visitations in the furture?

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17.

who dat    

Harvey, supposedly paula was miffed seacrest got $15M. I heard she was offered $10M, but wanted $15M. Can you clear this up.

1901 days ago
18.

Paige    

Did Debbie Rowe use her own eggs or was a donor involved? Why didn't Michael use his own sperm? Was he sterile? Do you think Dr. Klein is the sperm donor?
Also you submitted "A Place With No Name" song from Michael?

1901 days ago
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Typhani    

WHAT WAS RANDY, SIMON, AND KARA OFFERED ?


And why are they getting pay raises I thought we were in debt.

1901 days ago
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welc ome    

I would like to know who's balls Kara is massaging to stay on the show. All she does is act like the contestants are a threat to her.

1901 days ago
21.

J    

I'd give anything to get 4mil a year let alone 10mil. That b**** has the nerve to negotiate for more money. This show sucks in the first place. All she had to do was sit there, listen, and point her f***** up finger and give her opinion.

1901 days ago
22.

who dat    

Harvey, How many McDonalds Angus Third Pounders can you eat?

1901 days ago
23.

jocko    

Where is Paula's ranking in the "dead pool" and is her lifestyle too much of a risk for Idol producers? Is her next best offer on "Dance" real?

1901 days ago
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michael smith    

paula is just as inportant to the future well being of idol, i hope the exec's who gave the guys there pay raises see that,idol has been the hit it is because of there great cast of orignal tallented judges "simon,paula,randy" and ryan of course, if they want the loyal fan base to continue makeing the show the great hit it has been, they must do the smart thing, and keep there very bankable mainstay to the future of the show, again thats= "simon,*paula-randy,*ryan, they have all made american idol what it is today, a huge hit. and "paula jusy rocks"

1901 days ago
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welc ome    

So if Dr. Klein and Debbie are the childrens parents, Klein doesn't seem bothered that the kids could lose their trust.
What would happen if Klein is proven to be the bio dad, with the children trust funds. Will he have any rights if it is proven to get involved with their education ect.

1901 days ago
26.

Patricia    

Has Michael Jackson been burried yet and if so where? If not what are they waiting for?? Also when will the toxicology report be released?

1901 days ago
27.

Veronica    

Harvey, in your opinion why should Paula NOT get the 10 mil she is asking for? AI without Paula is like TMZ on tv without Harvey. When TMZ shows without Harvey I change the channel because seeing dreadlocks or blondie up there is boring as hell.
My opinion is that she gives some life to what otherwise would be a bland show, Paula and Simon have a banter that energizes the show. Randy and Ryan are simply yes men, and Kara.....is the biggest negative thing about the show. She tries too hard to be Simon and frankly, she annoys the crap out of me. Without Paula I will not watch AI anymore.

Debbie Rowe, why is TMZ so down on her??? Maybe she is actually trying to do what is best for her kids and ANY parent would have doubts about that crazy ass Jackson family raising their kids. With no clue as to what Debbie is thinking TMZ automatically puts a negative spin on everything Debbie Rowe does. WHY?????

1901 days ago
28.

ANITA    

I haven't heard but just to know, does anyone know what RANDY is making in comparison to Paula, Simon and Ryan? And whatever they are paying Kara is too much, she's a self-centered DUD. The show wasn't improved one bit adding her, but would lose a lot of fans if Paula left. No one likes Kara, why did they re-sign her????????? Keep it the way it was, pay Paula and Randy closer to what Simon and Ryan are making and get rid of that DUD Kara!!!!!!

1901 days ago
29.

k    

SHE HAS TO BE NUTS TO TURN DOWN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS A YEAR. I WOULD TAKE IT AND BE GLAD TO HAVE THE STUPID JOB. BE GLAD TO BE WORKING BIOCTH

1901 days ago
30.

so sad    

How is idol funding their employees such hefty salaries when the show doesn’t seem like they re getting the best ratings or shelling out America’s next big thing? Where does the money come from? sponsorship? and how much do the special guests rake in?

i love Paula, she’s crazy. But her temper tantrum is a little much...


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