TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.

287 COMMENTS

No Avatar
46.

jocko    

Did Paula getting taken by Bruno have an impact on her negotiations?

1842 days ago
47.

Jesus    

THIS IS STUPID! OF COURSE A.I. WILL SURVIVE WITHOUT PAULA!!! UH HELLO!! ITS ABOUT WATCHING ACTUAL TALENT, NOT WASHED UP HAS BEENS THAT CRY FOR EVERY FRICKIN THING!!! PAULA...I SAY GOOD DAY!

1842 days ago
48.

yup    

I hope AI has the smarts to test the waters without Paula. If rating go south, they can always buy her back. Right now, being the drug addict she is, I wouldn't reward her with two pennies.

1842 days ago
49.

Take it in the ass Sam    

10 Million.?
Doesn't sound out line.
First take away Kara's salary, she isn't worth one penny.
Paula plays a big role in making the show work.
Producers are out of touch with the public. We hate Kara, she is a waste of air time and her song written for the winner (last season) was a joke, wasn't it? TERRIBLE!
PAY PAULA!
Why is it that the "men" are still the ones bringing in the big bucks?
They are nothing without us! Simon without Paula? Peanut butter w/o the jelly.

1842 days ago
50.

grossed out    

FOX better pay up and give her $10 million a year. They can afford to pay her and get rid of Kara. They cannot break up the chemistry between Simon, Paula, and Randy. I love Paula she is the reason I started watching American Idol. She's a nut sometimes, but I love her. She's like a crazy relative you adore and can't get enough of. KEEP PAULA!

1842 days ago
51.

Edumacated    

Sorry, I meant to write that she was offerd TEN ($10) million over three years, or $3.33 million a year. While asking for $10 million a year now, she will likely end up with $7 mil a year ($7.5 mil tops.)

I still would like to know WHY 19 Entertainemtn does not have a confidentiality clause in the contracts of its on-air talent. Neither Cowel nor Seacrest should have been allowed to disclose numbers. That is incredibly unprofessional when you have an ensemble "cast."

1842 days ago
52.

Renee White    

If paula stays true to her word (doubtful btw) coyldnt the just find some other bubbly estatic chic, i mean how much could american idol lose to this?

1842 days ago
53.

Disneypotterfan    

I support Paula Abdul 100%. This is the 21 century and the "good ole boys network" is still alive. She is every bit as important as Randy Jackson, Simon Cowell, and Ryan Seacrest. $35 million for Ryan and $4 million for Paula - ridiculous! If they choose not to honor her salary request they will be making a huge mistake. Kara does not have the same power Paula does and I think the show will not be the same without her.

1842 days ago
54.

Vallo    

I think Fox have collectively lost their marbles, Paula is the heart of Idol, the golden girl who is the most photographed, most interviewed, and raises the most interest. Fox themselves have continually used Paula, and Paula with Simon, for any publicity connected with the programme. Randy, Simon and Paula are a team, a good one, a tested one. The chemistry between Paula and Simon is the reason a good many viewers watch in the first place. Idol may survive without her, just, but it will be a hollow shell of what it used to be. Pay Paula, she is good value for money.

1842 days ago
55.

Koki    

American Idol will fail without Paula

1842 days ago
56.

whilome    

For the sake of argument: If Paris and Prince are Dr. Klein's biological children and he want's to play hardball, can the kids be disinherited and all monies go to Blanket? I mean, does he want custody or money to go away?

1842 days ago
57.

jocko    

how the flip do I watch tmz live?

1842 days ago
58.

Stay Paula Stay    

Simon got some outrageous amount like 140 mil (give or take a few...) on a 3 yr contract; Ryan a ridiculous 45 mil for being a foil for Simon. Paula gets 5 mil for being the one who makes Simon smile and who can confuse Ryan? Gender equality is alive and well.

I'm a middle age idol-oholic... but, Idol will lose me if they stick with Kara over Paula. Sure, she belabors points, but she supports the "kids" and you have to admit, she makes a whole lot better sense than "dawg... I'm just not feelin" it, dude, Randy!

Part of the Tuesday/Wednesday night party is watching the Simon/Paula love-hate relationship. With that missing, I'm afraid Simon will start smoking more and smiling less... (is that even possible???)

"Replacing" Paula is impossible. Having another female body sitting in that chair is possible; but, Idol will not be Idol without the original trio. Had the PTB's at FOX-Idol realized Kara was dispensable, the money spent on her could have gone to Paula. The fact they saved the judge who wrote the end of season dud gives a new meaning to "cash for clunkers!"

1842 days ago
59.

D. Pickering    

Paula was paid enough already. In this economy where millions are suffering, she sounds like a spoiled brat. Good riddance!
Everyone is expendable.

1842 days ago
60.

UGGGGHHH    

GIVE PAULA SAME PAY AS RYAN SEACREST..........

1842 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web