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Paula Backed Out Of Idol Due To $alary Dispute!!!

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We're not surprised!

According to Life & Style, Paula Abdul turned down $8 million to return to the judging table on American Idol!


"Paula had demanded a raise from $8 million to $12 million to stay on as a judge on Idol. And her management took a tough line with the show's bosses and refused to negotiate," said an insider.

She was shocked when she didn't get her way!

"Paula's managers issued a statement in July saying Paula hadn't been offered a deal at all, which only inflamed the situation," continued the source. "After that, the relations between both sides deteriorated to the point where Paula's management was slamming the phone down on Idol staff."

The former judge is said to be devastated because her colleagues Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest have huge contracts!

The source adds that "Poor Paula has been having daily meltdowns over the negotiations and has been left feeling hurt and abandoned by her Idol colleagues."

We'll miss you Paula. Just don't hit the bottle, hun!!

We're sure you'll make $8 million somehow.


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86 comments to “Paula Backed Out Of Idol Due To $alary Dispute!!!”

  1. 1

    randy's been so quite through out this whole ordeal, how much does he make?

  2. Jaded says – reply to this


    Does anyone else think turning down $8M is retarded?

  3. 3

    Your a dick Perez, a fat ugly one.

  4. dd says – reply to this


    How much does Randy get? She should get paid more than Randy but nowhere near Simon or Ryan's salary.

  5. 5


  6. Sgirl says – reply to this


    How stupid of her. I'll do it for $6 mil!

  7. 7

    Paula will be fine she gots lots of Bank.

  8. 8

    Paula, the difference between you and Simon and Ryan is that both of them are extremely entertaining! Paula you are just weird and flighty! Like watching a train wreck!

  9. 9

    her comments, honestly, don't deserve that much…
    she's supportive to every contestant…
    the only thing that she's worth being on the panel was to flirt with/mock simon

  10. 10

    8 mil. Is this bitch crazy? Maybe she can judge that stupid Pet trick show w/the Saved By the Bell dude

  11. 11

    Um - hello - but why $15 million for Ryan Seacrest and not Paula???? She is an artist with a huge background and tons of experience - the haters need to get over the drug jokes - this woman's back and neck are severely damaged due to her career with the Lakers, several accidents and dancing in general - she is often prescribed medication for the severe pain - I don't get it - I'd be pissed too - even in this hollywood celeb world of over-inflated ridiculous salaries for jobs like this, athletes, etc. - when one door closes — another always opens - she has a tremendously successful jewelry and accessory line on HSN - I can see her landing a good spot on another show - I am really tired of Idol anyway and do believe the viewership will continue to decline. Not a fan of Kara and am just tired of the show altogether. NEXT.

  12. 12

    greedy… she must be thankfull for whatever she can get, since a couple of years ago she was just a has been…

  13. 13

    This is what sexism looks like folks.When you consider how much Ryan Seacrest is getting over the next 3 years ($45 million) and Simon Cowell, who is paid way more than Ryan, $12 million dollars is nothing. They could have paid Paula that salary. She is one of the stars of the show and helped build American Idol into the multi-million dollar machine that it is today. Paula was robbed. Period.

  14. 14

    Good for her!

    I'm glad she stuck to her guns and didn't accept less than what she thinks she deserves. Ryan getting 15mil and her being offered only 8 is a slap in the face.

    Good job Paula!

  15. 15

    F'k Idol…ryan $45million and Paula out?

  16. 16

    Fuck you Paula. I make 8.55 dollars an hour making pitas for drunk college kids.

  17. 17

    what a stupid bitch, i hate her anyway, good riddance

  18. 18

    if that was what she was going to get for an entire 8 seasons, it's not that big of a salary and they should have been paying her more. as usual, the women get screwed and the men just sit back and rake in the money without even having to demand it. they probably are going to pay ryan-nobody seacrest more than her… she's better off without them. i bet simon is going to say bye-bye after this season, too. he's already indicated he is bored. kara and ryan will stick around for awhile tho… and probably annoying-dawg jackson, too.

  19. 19

    Idiot, she thinks she's going to do what now?????
    Oh, yea, her jewelry on QVC. Oh, sure that's pulling down $8million easy.
    *eye roll*

  20. 20

    8 Million for pretty much saying ridiculous nonsense. Oh, and 8 Million for wearing outfits that prove there are no mirrors in her dressing room. 8 Million for her weekly crushes on male contestants…
    Ummmm, maybe she should just go and continue peddling her tacky jewelry line to HSN and QVC…go and make 8 Million that way……………..not!

  21. 21

    Re: bongo – … lol… okay, i don't agree with your stance that paula made a bad decision (if that amount bound her to them for like 8yrs- not so much money when you think of it that way- i don't know if that's the fact, but just saying…)… but, laughing my butt off re the pet trick show… the "newhart"/'bosom buddies' guy was on it the time i watched… with lindsay wagner! i don't know what's worse, what happened to their careers- or, that i watched the show.

  22. 22

    Re: dd – agreed except as to ryan… WHAT?!?! i understand he does a lot of work, but he's a NOBODY! he doesn't have 1/2 paula's resume… one tenth of it! she was in the biz, had success, and has much more street cred than some bozo announcer. vanna white could do his job… well, maybe not vanna, but you get my point…

  23. 23

    she's a primadonna and they stood up to her and said, "YOU ARE NOT WORTH IT."

  24. 24

    Re: SexiLexi21 – lol… lmao… omg… this is the best yet…

  25. 25

    No shit sherlock….got any other amazing insights?

  26. 26

    No one deserves the amount of money they make on IDOL.
    ANYONE can sit there and say yay or nay to sucky singers.
    I can't believe people defend her.
    There are MILLIONS of people that actually work for a living-and can't afford to eat.
    Besides-paula didn't even do anything-she just clapped and told everyone how wonderful they were. No entertainment value.
    It makes sense Ryan and Simon make more-ryan is the HOST and he probably gets the most air time-he's the face of the brand.
    And Simon is why most people tune in.

    I used to like paula-but this is greedy. I don't care who you are if you already make millions-don't be a baby for not getting a few million more.

  27. 27

    If she lives to be 100 she'll never make 8 million dollars in a year. Stupid fucking crotch rag. Dumb decision by a dumb bitch. She made more than that if she added all of the endorsements she got because of Idol. Now she can go on tour with Melinda Doolittle and Sangina.

  28. 28


  29. 29

    Thank god! I was tired of hearing her slurring and lengthy feedbacks! BYE!

  30. 30

    Re: Jaded – nope. not retarded. even at her level of celebrity she can make a ton of money for no work (endorsements, jewelery lines, etc.), or go to work for idol and suffer the daily humiliation that she is being paid less than someone who knows nothing about music, and the contract probably has some exclusionary clauses forbidding her to do certain other money-making endeavors while they own her ass for 8 years. she made the right decision. ryan should NOT get 15/yr, paula should get at least that.

  31. 31

    Shes an idiot say good bye Paula it was nice knowing you.

  32. 32

    8 million is better than ZERO, Paula.

  33. 33

    You're an idiot. Everyone already knows it was about money and they knew so when the news broke that she was leaving in the first place.

  34. 34

    It's funny how when you're a celebrity or just really successful otherwise, and make millions of dollars per year how 8 million can seem like nothing. 1,000 is a lot to me! lol. But in her defense it is kind of shitty how they gave the other two judges raises and not her.

  35. 35

    Cry me a river! Please…to turn down $8 million is just greedy. In this economy, when people are losing their jobs and homes…I have no sympathy.

  36. 36

    Re: jebjeb – it's true too. frat boys don't even tip very well.

  37. 37

    Thank God she turned it down. Greed is such a killer.

  38. 38

    She's a fucking IDIOT. Does she not realize, AI is about the only GOOD work she's ever going to get??? Seriously.. 8mill??? Who would turn down that much?? Who the F cares how much the others are making, just be damn glad you HAD a freaking job willing to look past your drugged up ass

  39. 39

    Paula is the cheapest person EVER! Ive worked with her once and it took MONTHS for her to pay me. Im glad that they are not giving her what she wants. She is a spoiled bitch and doesn't appreciate the people around her.

  40. 40

    $8 million a year for judging karaoke wasn't enough? It's not like that was REAL work. What an idiot.

  41. 41

    Re: jebjeb – Did you ever see Ryan's bit part on the old 90210?

  42. 42

    Re: jebjeb – Now she is FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank, God.

  43. 43

    Re: obbie doobie! – ha! good question. probably 10 bucks each time that he says 'dawg'…. so about 12M?
    (btw, if simon leaves next im NEVER watching idol again..)

  44. 44

    To all of those crying sexism: please. Idol is business, and business just wants the best deal it can get, whether from Ryan, Simon, Randy, or Paula. Obviously they thought Paula was replaceable, just as most of us are. And, remember — women and men have both been on this planet for an equal amount of time, and have had equal opportunity to cultivate the skills and relationships needed to succeed — if some women get paid less, tough titties, do something about it, don't just complain.

  45. 45

    A David Caruso moment.
    'memba back to the days of NYPD Blues - I am worth MILLIONS pay me or I will sit at home for a few years and be p'oh.

  46. 46

    After Paula's sleeps with Simon she just has to check his wallet and take that much!No problemo!!!heheheeeeeeeeee

  47. 47

    And sadly she will go down in entertainment history as one of the most fucking stupid has beens on the face of this planet. You take what you can get and in her case realize before Idol she was a has been working on NEVER WAS. She got lucky and got a huge boost in her dead career with this gig. If she had half a brain instead of a sack of rocks for brains she'd just admit this was it for her. And for fucking god sakes 6 - 8 million is some damn good money. Who gives a fuck if the boys were making more. Just be grateful you still had a career even if it's associated with a fake ass reality show. Her greedy choice I put right up there with that idiot actress from ER who played George Clooneys on again off again love interest. Julianna something. They offered her at least a million per episode or close to it to stay with the show but her ego got the best of her and she thought she could make more in movies. Look at her now. Can't even remember her entire name. So these two women definitely get FUCKTARD of the entertainment business awards. See ya at the welfare department Paula. YOU ARE AN IDIOT

  48. 48

    i think its BULLSHIT that shes bitching about 8 million. Thats the problem with celebs they are way greedy and they are way over paid.

  49. 49

    If Ryan is making $15, I don't why Paula can't be making 12. But I would have settled $10. I smell "SEXISM" on this show.

  50. 50

    Re: Sgirl – i would even do it for 1 million

  51. 51

    Re: Not a Whore – - omg, no i didn't see him on 90210 (the old/original i assume)… i didn't realize he had been trying to break into the biz that long! incredible that he is a FAILED actor!

  52. 52

    Re: SexiLexi21 – — what i loved most was the way you delivered your comment… frat boys suck anyway. that's why i have a hard time stomaching nick lachey and hideous jon gosselin. the only thing worse than a frat boy, is a frat boy that has graduated (and still wears his baseball cap backwards)…

  53. 53

    Re: lawyer_in_hiding – the difference, david caruso is an asshole.

  54. 54

    Re: jebjeb – and he actually played an MC on a TV Show. It was the one with Rosie O. and the sex talk, I think. He has like two lines. ha

  55. 55

    I'd take the job for $100,000…call me Simon ; )

  56. 56

    That sucks… Poor Paula.

  57. 57

    In this economy she has the audacity to turn down an 8 million dollar so-called "job" for a few months of so-called "work"? And she did so because she THINKS she's worth MORE? Amazing. Let the door hit you in the ass, babe!

  58. 58

    They're all sick. Tons of people in this country can't afford to go to the doctor, and Paula is bitching because $8M isn't enough money. WAAAAHHH! FU, Paula.

  59. 59

    RIDICULOUS!!! Bitch does NOT deserve that much $$ AT ALL! She was th eWORST part about that show! She may have been something in the 80s..but no longer. She can't speak a comprehendible sentence (except to quit), she acts like an immature child next to Simon, she can't give REAL advice to the contestants since she just loves them all. She is sooo overrated! Where was she all this time before Idol made her relevant? NOWHERE! She needs to go back! i still say that Ryan will earn every dollar of his salary. He's way more marketable and will be behind the scenes for alot. What the hell is she going to do? To quit over money shows you what an idiot she is. In this day adn age and economy she should have been lucky to HAVE a job, She's nothing but a mess and has caused too many issues every season. I have a feeling Idol will be even better with the nutjob gone!!!!

  60. 60

    Re: jebjeb – Oh please, you actually think anyone really wants to see her anywhere? She is a MESS and not marketable at all. You cna't trust anything coming out of her mouth and her jewerly is all crap. She is not worth it because of her personality not because she is a woman. Ryan does a whole hell of a lot more than she ever did for that show. I don't think thir is a problem at all with his salary. He's at least work for AND earn it. Can't same the same for her.

  61. MP says – reply to this


    Pay her what she's worth as a founding member of the judge panel. Why do only the men have big paychecks? How much is Randy's contract for?

  62. 62

    Man I will still watch with0ut Paula………shes ugly…….Lifes unfair she gets t0 sit 0n her ass all day and l00k drunk….Pe0ple get s0 fucken greedy….with 8 milli0n bucks I will never w0rk again………..

  63. 63

    Re: jebjeb – Jon totally makes me wanna vom. The worst thing about a lot of the frat guys around here is they pay with their parent's money-and then have the audacity to think that instead of a tip-i'd like to go to their formal with them..
    one actually stole our tip jar once :(

  64. 64

    she probably thinks that the show is gonna go downhill.
    she's wrong.
    i'll even start watching it now (:
    and what paula.

  65. 65

    Re: mistique – Ryan makes 15 Million a year. How is 12 nothing? That's a hellava lot. Ryan has to be articulate, funny, sharp and he keeps the whole show moving. Paula opens her mouth for a total of 1 minute a show.
    Everyone keeps talking about Ryan and his 45 million….. that 15 a year. Same neighborhood as Paula. She's never be in a position again to have that much earning potential. Bad move Paula. Ask Michael Keaton if he regrets turning down $20 million for a Batman sequel…..

  66. @v@ says – reply to this


    I think it was fair for her to assume she would be treated at least partially as well as everyone else on there. Unbelievable. I think she can dance.

  67. 67

    Re: @v@ – she doesn't dance on the show. now that i would watch. that she would deserve SOME money for. But her stupid comments? no

  68. 68

    I am amazed that these so called stars think so highly of themselves. What does she do that she deserves 12 million dollars? And how can she be so disgustingly spoiled to give up 8 million dollars a year when there are people, who are educated and much smarter than she is, who are losing their homes and jobs? Greed is just plain nasty. Especially when you are so greedy that you cr@p on the one job that helped to resurrect your career. She was a has-been before A I.

  69. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's the principle of the thing. Would you all sell your soul for some benjamins even if the guy in the cublicle beside you doubled your salary?
    That's much of what's wrong today. Good for her. With all that she's made already, she won't ever starve. Sometimes its better for your head to walk away.
    Paula never needs to feel like she's a lesser person somehow. Hugs to Paula.

  70. 70

    bummer. I won't watch it anymore. They should have given her the money.

  71. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: SexiLexi21 – I agree that she sure can dance, injury and all. I disagree with you on the comments thing. Saying I think she can dance was a hope that she might sign on for 'so you think you can dance'…(cliche alert!)..as a change is as good as a rest.

  72. 72

    But they kept Randy and Seacrest?!

  73. 73

    Dear Paula,
    Stop being a greedy bitch and be thankful you have(HAD) a job. We're in a recession! People like you make the world a disgusting place.

  74. 74

    8 million is a lot for us but with American Idol making so much on advertising, she should get paid more. I know Simon is the star judge but she's been a part of the show since the beginning and should get a lot more. I insist they should get rid of Ryan because he's the least important.

  75. 75

    I think this show should do a good deed, find some people who have lost their jobs, and offer them million dollars contracts.

  76. 76

    WHo cares!

  77. 77

    fuck that no-talent lush anyway

  78. 78

    She's not going anywhere. She'll get her $10m a year. Simon will see to it.

  79. 79

    What bloody greed. This fucking Rx addict has been wouldn't sit there and do the easiest job on Earth for EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR? What a twat. Next stop, infomercials.

  80. 80

    This trainwreck should jump onto So You Think You Can Dance, a contest she actually has the credentials to judge. Paula Abdul has no place in a singing contest. Just listen to Opposites Attract.

  81. 81

    Re: SexiLexi21 – HA!!!!! That was hilarious!

    Thank you JEB JEB for pointing Lexi's comment out! I missed it initially. Funny stuff!

  82. 82

    No more Idol for me. Kara stupid, she never has an opinion its always "I agree with Randy" or "I agree with Simon" she sucks. In all honesty, it's simple the move was just plain mean.

  83. 83

    No paula no idol! Pay her wht u ,owe her!!! Brng hr bck!

  84. 84

    fucking greed

  85. 85

    8 million for talkin out of her ASS? What has America come to? We are all going to Hell!

  86. 86

    Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest do A LOT more for their money, so it's comparing apples to oranges. Simon produces and Ryan has other projects attached to his salary. We probably don't hear about Randy because he's making about the same as Paula. Sounds like Paula hired new management who screwed her over. Or this is a huge PR stunt.