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Paula Abdul: 'Idol' Ain't So Bad After All!

8/16/2009 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Sources connected to Paula Abdul say Miss Paula wants back on "American Idol."

Our sources say Paula's Twitter is retracted -- at least in her mind - if the price is right. As we first reported, the magic number is $10 million. Will Paula move from that number? The way negotiations go in Hollywood ... probably, but we don't know for sure and if so how much she's willing to give.

We're also told Paula's meetings with ABC didn't really go anywhere. She doesn't want to do "Dancing with the Stars" -- we're told, in no small part, because she wants to be able to jump on a plane on a moment's notice to rejoin her fellow judges on "Idol."

And, we're told, Paula is piiiised at the producers of "Ugly Betty" for leaking the story that she was talking to them about doing the show. She's not going to do it now.

As for "Idol," as far as we know they've been pretty hard-nosed and haven't contacted her reps, but we're not positive. In the end, we're thinking "A.I." isn't gonna let a little Twitter torpedo one of its golden geese.

Paula AbdulUPDATE: We spotted Paula Abdul out Saturday night at Boa. She didn't quite know where the restaurant was ... or whether or not she would be joining "Dancing with the Stars." Hmmm ...

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GreggyD    

Why does she think that she is such a big celeb that deserves all this money? I guarantee that if she stops doing Idol because she feels slighted that she will fade into pop culture oblivion. She's already looked at as a drunk by so many people and she's not doing anything to help her reputation.

1708 days ago
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Appleton    

It is sad to think she is actually worth 10 million, in addition to her complaining about how "little" FOX's paycheck is.

1708 days ago
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Sue    

I think they need to get rid of Kara and give Paula her money too. Paula is a great lady and she is loved by so many. She gives the contestants the much needed guidance and confidence to win that competition. Besides..who will Simon banter with? Kara? Give me a break!

1708 days ago
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Ron Burgundy    

LOL first she wanted twenty, they offered 4, even though she lied n said they offered her 10, now shes saying she wants ten, which means they will still stick around 4 or 5.....
great negotiatin skills, you crazy druggie lol

1708 days ago
5.

who dat    

Paula wait til the ratings @ AI drop. Then tell them $15 Million.

1708 days ago
6.

Simone    

I hope that Paula come back to Idol. I like her and I think that she
deserves to gain 10 million a year. This AI executives have been earning a huge amount of money with the show, so pay how much she wants.

1707 days ago
7.

Lawrence Lugar    

2 words: publicity stunt


she's staying there, because it's good for business

1707 days ago
8.

BJean    

#3. You got it right.

1707 days ago
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NAEEM    

This is all a set up. The same thing happened in the UK version, Simon Cowell and the producers do it on purpose to drum up drama and publicity.

1707 days ago
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republican mensa    

Paula is not that big of star and she couldn't sing listen to her music all digitally fixed and AI is the dumbest show anyways she just needs money for her drug habit.

1707 days ago
11.

Anita    

Why are they trying to shortchange this lady when they are paying Simon and Ryan in the 40 million range?
Pay Paula alreadY!
We like her better than Posh!

1707 days ago
12.

Googie    

Paula deserves at least $15 million for 3 three years like Seacrest did. Why is he worth more than Paula? I can't imagine Kara or Posh standing up and cheering on the contestants. If this is last year on Randy's contract, what will he be offered on his next contract since compared to the others, he's getting peanuts right now.

1707 days ago
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Googie    

I meant Paula deserves $!5 million a year just like Ryan Seacrest.

1707 days ago
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Linda Mott    

I think it is terrible to dispute a contract in front of the public. She is counting on the fan base to get her more money. I'm sure she will be back, just as kookie as ever.

1707 days ago
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I Love Memphis    

Gee!!! Let this has been go already. I am sick of all this. You are over the hill. Stay home or do Dancing With The Stars. We DON'T want you on idol you old has been!!! Enough said about this loser. She's so damn ugly too!!!!

1707 days ago
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