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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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31.

Mike    

Whats the "Mary Murphy" comment in the Video referring to Dancing with the Stars????.......she is from you Think you can Dance............it was mentioned 2x.......................interviewer should know who he is talking about...............Paula deserves 15 million too........................so be it...................she will be back.........good publicity..............last year was all the talk that they were pushing her out.....................she will be back.................

1801 days ago
32.

juan    

Does anyone know how much Randy makes?? He ain't bitchin about his paycheck.

1801 days ago
33.

TRACKER    

PAULA AMERICA HAS YOUR BACK!NO PAULA,NO IDOL.IT,S THAT SIMPLE...AND GETTING REAL TIRED OF THIS BRITTISH INVASION! POSH GET LOST WE DON,T LIKE YOU...SIMON GET THE DAM MONEY FOR PAULA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

1801 days ago
34.

Koki    

BRING PAULA BACK I M DEPRESSED

1801 days ago
35.

Skank    

RYAN got more than her!? Are they kidding? How much did Randy get? No one even knows him...........I don't blame Paula! I still love you!

1801 days ago
36.

annie    

she has a POINT, she's being treated poorly compared to others who do the same job. It is an unfair situation, I'm amazed she's been made fun of over it.

1801 days ago
37.

Disgusting    

She should be getting far more than 10 mill. She should be paid more than Ryan Seacrest. Who cares about him?

1801 days ago
38.

Disgusting    

#32,

Ditto! Where is the form letter ?

BOYCOTT THIS SHOW !!! Enough gender wage disparity. Paul Abdul should not go back to AI at all. She would become far more popular and iconic. She would then command a higher salary than ever. Her representatives need to think big and not just push her for the immediate commission.

_______________________________________________________________________________________

#32 wrote:

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!

Posted at 4:08PM on Aug 8th 2009 by Female BOYCOTT of AI

1801 days ago
39.

UR Kidding    

I'm only glad Paula quit because it's typical for women to get burned on wages and apparently not much has changed in the entertainment industry in the last 50 years. Simon and Paula were the strongest characters on the panel for adding entertainment value and she should have been paid accordingly. So I'm glad she quit on that principal and disappointed to see the line of women willing to replace her! I guess there is no "sticking together" in the "Hollywood" scene!

1801 days ago
40.

Argon    

So called "Reality Shows"suck.As long as stupid people keep watching them,the studios will keep churning them out.If you want reality , Look Out The Damn Window...

1801 days ago
41.

Yilian P.    

She is coming back.
No doubt.
I mean she was dying to tell that dude, but couldnt.
Her coming back os what is going to keep the viewers watching.
The question of the season "When is Paula coming back".
She might not come fom the auditions.
But she is definantly coming back for the actual show.

1801 days ago
42.

snickers    

Was she drunk or not getting off the plane? She probably emptied the minibar on the flight.

1801 days ago
43.

gnarlyone    

I love paul......hope she don't billy mays on us
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006718/

1801 days ago
44.

justmyimagination    

I watched the show for a couple of seasons but I've lost interest. However I definitely think Paula deserves to get paid as much as if not more than Ryan Seacrest. The bottomline is, they are pulling in enough ad revenue to support these outrageous salaries. So for them to play hard-ball with her over a few million is insulting. I think Paula has helped build the show to make it what it is today, and she ads as much to the show as much as anyone else does.

Here's an article written a few months ago about the ad revenue which AI brings in:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/11/business/media/11idol.html

They can definitely afford to pay her!!!

1801 days ago
45.

fran    

its idol lost !!
paula abdul was an free publicity machine for idol , she was the one who made headlines for idol !!
i will not watch idol if they dont bring her back !!
why they dont get ride of annoying kara ?? god she gets on my nerves with her never and coments !!
paula is funny to watch , and she brings emotion to AND crazyness 2 !!
we love our loopy paula !!
FOX BRING HER BACK
NO PAULA = NO IDOL !!

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