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Paula Abdul -- $10 Million For Your Thoughts

8/8/2009 2:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We confronted Paula Abdul head-on with our story that she will return to "American Idol" for a cool $10 million. Trust us, it's true, but Ms. Abdul played poker after landing at Burbank airport.

Paula Abdul

Sadly, our cameraman got it wrong by asking Paula if she was bent out of shape because she felt disrespected by Simon. She legitimately answered "no." The truth is -- even more than the money, she Twitter-quit because she felt disrespected by "A.I." execs, who agreed to pay Ryan Seacrest $15 mil a year, Simon Cowell a gazillion a year, and Paula a puny $4 mil a year.

Hey "American Idol" cheapskates -- $10 mil is a bargain ... because crazy sells!

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doc murry    

first second and third

1712 days ago
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doc murry    

is that dan ankoroid behind her from saterday night fever

1712 days ago
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doc murry    

did abdula do the moonwalk??/

1712 days ago
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I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

No, that's Dan Hemorrhoid.

1712 days ago
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kitty    

a guest on nbc's today show this morning said that AI told paula at the end of last season not to come back. he said that the negotiations that they have been discussing arent real. they just wanted people to think that they were. evidently they've all known she wasnt coming back since the end of last season.

1712 days ago
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moron1,456,345,234,    

if u have a good eye u can tell she sooooo wanted to tell the camera man but couldnt lol ,she was dying to tell him haha

1712 days ago
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Big Momma    

i'm glad she is going off -- so SICK of all that batting of eyes and flirting with simon, their distracting sideline chatter. and don't get me started on that pathetic "performance" on the show last season....that's an inspiration for the contestants?? get it back to the original point of the show -- the contestants and their music. and randy, hope you can come up with something original this year. "Dawg, Man, it just didn't do anything for me (grimace)" will probably get you booted off the show too.

1712 days ago
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Sad    

I think this story is drawn out of proportion. A wage negotiation is something between the employer and the employed and not between the employer and the rest of the world. If the millions she’s been offered isn’t enough, she could just tell the employer no instead of twitter about it on internet.

My guess is that she wants sympathies from as many people as possible so she can cash in those millions she long for.

1712 days ago
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monica    

What the hell is ryan doing to earn all this money??????????????some other sites are saying he was merv griffins buddy?whats that all about.

1712 days ago
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Frank    

people don't realize she is making more money from her other endeavors than AI is paying her so she can play hardball. If Paula doesn't come back AI its OVER

1712 days ago
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billy buck    

Hey $10 - 15 million dollars a year is chunk change for the producers of American Idol.
I don't watch the show. From time to time I will check out Youtube to see what's happening on
the show. The only stuff that I remember is that hot shot middle aged British guy on the panel
and Abdul. The contestants I don't really care about and don't they have like an MC on there as well?

1712 days ago
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Sam Y.    

Jeez, who really cares? I'd never even heard of Paula Abdul until she started appearing in the headlines this week, and I can't wait for her to disappear from them. This is news??

1712 days ago
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jay    

Here's why "So You Think You Can Dance" is so much better - the judges are industry experts. Paula is a former 90's singer and a very average singer at best, Randy used to sit on on bass with Journey. Simon's the only true industry expert. Kara brought nothing to the table last season - she's worthless.

They need a panel of EXPERT judges to bring some credibility to the show. Idol does not current work. After 8 seasons only two winners have any career worth talking about and ironically most of the losers have BETTER careers over the people who won. Jennifer Hudson was 7th's place! Taylor Hicks and Reuben both one and where are their careers?

It's not worth watching when the winner of a show, according to the odds of the past 8 seasons, will be a total failure.

1712 days ago
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Adrienne    

anyone who shows up for work as messed up as she has should be fired, not paid more, wtf?

1712 days ago
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