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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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91.

SERIOUSLY!!!    

we can have just as much fun at Kirstie Alley's expense and she'd a lot more feistier with Simon that Paula ever thought about being AND they can get Kirstie a LOT cheaper than paying Paula $10mil! More Bang for their Buck$$$ $eriously!

1801 days ago
92.

marie    

According to Fox, and posted on the Fox News site on Aug 6 2009 6:02 PM EDT
"Fox Has 'No Expectation' Paula Abdul Will Return To 'American Idol'
'And in terms of the negotiations themselves, the negotiations have concluded,' Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice says.

1801 days ago
93.

tangledweb    

if the other's are worth it, then so is she!

1801 days ago
94.

Pls don't make me feel sorry for Ryan!    

those SEXIST A*HOLES should pay her appropriately, i.e. the same as Ryan at the very least!
You go girl, Paula. You have a lot of fans supporting you and planning to boycott AI if they don't pay you what you want!
F*ing men! Stop cheating deserving women like Paula! HAVEN'T YOU HEARD OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK! cheap bastages!

1801 days ago
95.

tangledweb    

yes, I believe it's way past time for women to stand up for themselves about this pay issue!!! This thing with Paula is a perfect example of how it works out. They want to pay Ryan more than Paula!! Look out Fox, this is going to get real ugly!!!!!

1801 days ago
96.

Chris    

Damn, Harvey Levine is looking soooooooooooo hot! I just love his muscular arms and that handsome face. Harvey, marry me.

1801 days ago
97.

mystert    

Singing dollar dollar bill y'all, dollar dollar bill y'all. This is sooooo much a publicity stunt and I'm hoping it ticks people off.

1801 days ago
98.

Pls don't make me feel sorry for Ryan!    

Oh and I forgot to write that I CANNOT STAND KARA. GET RID OF HER! ICK ICK ICK
I puked in my mouth when she stripped to her bikini last year, and then projectile vomited! What a CASPER THE GHOST BODY!
Take Kara's pay and give it to Paula.
Why are they bringing back Kara ? She probably works for $10 an hour. Most people I know can't stand her. I never see anything good about her in the blogs.
F*cking IDIOT EXECUTIVES AT FOX ... ALL MEN OF COURSE!

1801 days ago
99.

piper    

she is only making 2 million and they offer her 4 mill. when they just handed ryan 15 million a year? are you kidding? SHE was the only recognizable name when this show started and one of the main reasons people watch. 10 mill as opposed to the 15 ryan is getting is nothing. if she leaves, you can bet about half of the viewers will go too. then how will the show make it's money?

1801 days ago
100.

GrandmaDynamite    

WHO GIVES A FLYING FU*K!!!!!

1801 days ago
101.

the truth hurts huh    

"Paula ..... worth $10 mil?" Of course not!! But neither are ANY of the actors, "personalities" (term used loosely - like Ryan Seacrest!!), celebrity product endorsers, athletes .........

Who the hell do you think pays for those salaries?? Consumers! That means you and me, bubbas! Movie tickets, sporting event tickets, sports apparel, cosmetics, anything sold by any of the corporate sponsors ........... We all pay higher and higher prices because these people who do NOTHING for anyone's lives but provide entertainment (sometimes horrible!) - get RIDICULOUSLY INFLATED paychecks! It's out of control!!

But if Simon and no-talent Ryan are going to get the big bucks - then why not Paula while they're at it??? It's what it is. Why short-change her???

1801 days ago
102.

tangledweb    

#120, you are right. No one here knew Randy or Simon, but everyone knew the name Paula Abdul. She has been there since the beginning and has contributed greatly to the show becoming the success it is now. If not for her, the others wouldn't have such a good money making show. Come on FOX - pay up....

1801 days ago
103.

kitty    

very good questions and excellent answers tmz! i really enjoyed this question and answer session and can't wait until the next one! thanks for keeping us informed!

cant wait to see the new site!

1801 days ago
104.

Daisy    

" 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. "

That would be so boring. They pay the men why not the woman?

1801 days ago
105.

keeping    

YEAAAAAHHHHH!!!!! I LOVE IT WHEN YOU GUYS ANSWER QUESTIONS ON VIDEO!!!! KEEP IT UP!!!! Especially all the MJ stuff!

1801 days ago
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