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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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guNSMITH    

THIS MARKS THE DOWNFALL OF AMERICAN IDOL..ITS A PERFECT BALANCE,,SIMON IS NEGATIVE RANDY IS IN THE MIDDLE AND PAULA IS THE POSITIVE, RYAN IS THE PROTECTOR OF EACH CONTESTANT WETHER GOOD OR BAD, WHEN THAT FORMULA GETS CHANGED IT ALL FALLS APART,YOU EVER GET A REPLACEMENT FOR PAULA, YOU NEED TO FIND SOMEONE THAT ALWAYS HAS A POSITIVE THING TO SAY AND HAS POPSTAR EXPERIENCE TO BACK UP HER KNOWLEDGE, THATS WHAT PAULA DIDAND WAS, THATS WHAT A REPLACEMENT SHOULD BE..HARD TO FIND.

1905 days ago
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HARDY-HAR-HAR    

I just found it disgusting by IDOL that they paid the men SO much money..... and then her offer was such a small fraction in comparison. Talk about discrimination.

1905 days ago
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Max    

Simon said that he will quit if Paula is not a judge anymore. Well, let's see Simon's next move.

1905 days ago
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hunsister    

#14 Sam Y, really, you are looking for news? Then go to nytimes.com or cnn.com rather than trolling what is obviously a gossip site re pop culture. I agree with Hardy-Har-Har, the sexism involved in this story is outrageous. Fox thinks they can boot Paula but they have seriously underestimated the fan base. Women of a certain age, old enough to have lived through discrimination in the workplace, are a huge part of the AI viewers. They will boycott the show. I'm only hoping that this all will work out. Then we can lobby to have Kara taken off the show.

1905 days ago
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Jack    

That lil S*** Ryan getss 15Mil. for what ???? If the other people on the show would take a stand for paula this would
never have happend, If thats the kind of friends she has she is better off going and doing something else. and if that
skiney lil B*** (Posh) is all happy now that she might become apart of A.I. what a B**** thats like taking her SKY HIGH HEALS and STICK like BODY and jumping all over Paula, (POSH) looks like a 10 year old BOY Playing Dress Up in Mommy things. Some one give that B*** a CHEESE BURG. PAULA YOUR BETTET OFF GOING and finding some real FRIENDS !!! A.I. YOU REALLY F*** Things Up by doing this

1905 days ago
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Sue Wong    

Randy isn't complaining so he must be getting more.

1905 days ago
22.

who dat    

Go back and read what I said. If they (AI) want paula back, it's going to cost $15M/yr. Paula's flakeyness, helped build that franchise.

1905 days ago
23.

L D    

She deserves that $10 Million!
She has been getting screwed by American Idol.
You break that glass ceiling girl !!!

1905 days ago
24.

ready2read    

i Love paula..and who cares if u all think she gets efffed up... she has her reasons and in this life people are so judgemental and critical about everything u do..its a guilty until proven innocent world...haters haters haters! paula has made plenty of money and she is very sweet and had great dance moves with unforgettable songs! why cant ppl just get along..go hate on ur momma for not not teaching u respect!

1905 days ago
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meli070    

to jayr - according to the odds of the past 8 seasons most winners went on to become very successful. where were you?

1905 days ago
26.

Doug Palmer    

Paula . I love you. I want to offer you a job playing in the sand. Help me make these awesome gifts...
http://sandnames.com

1905 days ago
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Edumacated    

11. 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.

Posted at 12:01PM on Aug 8th 2009 by monica

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Merv was one of the most pwerful producers in the history of modern television and one of Hollywood's most notorious gay men. This is my first time hearing a connection between him and Seacrest, but it has been rumored that he used his powerful connections to get Matt LeBlanc his role on friends. As for Ryan, acting as the HOST for a few minutes out of each show in no way justifies a salary FOUR times that of one of the integral stars, JUST because she happens to be a woman.

WOMEN and TEEN GIRLS BOYCOTT THIS SHOW !!!

Let "19 Entertainment" know that we will NOT tolerate gender discrimination. A form letter to send to their advertisers will soon be available on ths site.

If you are a WOMAN in the workplace, the same discrimination can happen to YOU. SUPPORT PAULA by NOT WATCHING. Make them pay Paula or risk losing EVERY ADVERTISER!!! WE CAN DO IT!

1905 days ago
28.

Alexa    

She was only making $2M a year? I'd be pretty pi$$ed off too.

1905 days ago
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norjay    

Please Lord, please don't let them offer her any more money. I am too old to have to wait for her to say nothing and watch her irritating dances while the singers try to sing. Go away, please. And Ryan could go with her.

1905 days ago
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Lori    

I wish someone would offer me even one million to do a show. I would get off of my high horse, get over myself, and do it. i think thre is much more to the story then we really know!!! There might be something going on with the other girl or else they always knew she was leaving, and that is why the other girl was brough on board. Who really knows what gives----

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