When the Checks May Stop Coming In: Paula Abdul’s Contract Is NOT Being Renewed?

- By Bossip Staff

Paula Abdul wants loot just like Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell are getting. Her manager is taking the gripe to the media over negotiations:

Paula Abdul is unhappy. And unless the producers of “American Idol” change her frown to a smile soon, she’ll dance like there’s no tomorrow away from TV’s No. 1 show.  “Very sadly, it does not appear…… that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol,’ ” David Sonenberg, Abdul’s manager, told The Times when contacted about the judge’s contract negotiations.

With auditions for the ninth season due to start Aug. 6, Sonenberg says he doesn’t even have a proposal for a new contract from FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, the production companies behind the show. The new season is scheduled to premiere in January.
“I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful,” he said of the contract holdup. “I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”

[Updated at 11:59 p.m.: Sonenberg began managing Abdul at the end of June, he said. According to him, he has “reached out to the head of business affairs at 19” and told Fox that “Paula would love to be on the show.” He said Fox told him he would hear from them, but “I have not received any proposal whatsoever.”]

Representatives for Fremantle, 19 and Fox all separately declined to comment.When TV stars (or their reps) air contract-renewal gripes in the media, it’s often a sign that negotiations are entering a more active phase. Abdul — whose tearful, tongue-tied feedback to contestants have made her a kind of batty sister figure to star “Idol” judge Simon Cowell — may have special reasons to want to push the ball forward now, given that “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest just signed a deal worth a reported $45 million that will keep him on the job for at least the next three years. That pact effectively doubled Seacrest’s salary.

Meanwhile, Cowell has a contract that expires next year and is jockeying for his own rich new payday. Published reports have floated a mind-blowing figure of $144 million, which Cowell has scoffed at, saying that talks are ongoing. (Fellow judge Randy Jackson is booked through 2011.)

Paula may have a bigger following than you think. There are millions of stay at home moms who pop pills and have cocktails in the middle of the day just like Abdul. They probably relate and will have a say in this.


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  • Jay the Real One

    Paula’s quirkiness is as much a part of the show as Simon’s snark.

  • SimplePleasures

    Paula has been babbling incoherently on AI for like the last 2-3 years. She doesn’t deserve that kind of money right now.

  • Roderick

    Paula’s agent better slow his roll before his client ends up unemployed.

    I think Seacrest just got a $65 million contract but I don’t know for how many seasons and Paula’s man wants her to get that much?

    That ain’t happening!!

  • Da Angel

    Paula is the most interesting Judge in the show.It will be dumb not to renew her contract

  • holy rola

    who cares?

  • Moreaces

    Though, Paula has a few,, (I take that back) one thousand screws loose, She was/is good for the show,, her brand of crazy added to the fun.. anywho,, I’ll miss her,, hope she has other things lined up..I think she is a good person over all.

  • devils advocate

    i see this show lasting maybe another 3 seasons, before people give up and stop caring about this national popularity contest.

  • wifey06

    like we all did not know that was gonna happen when they bought the white girl on the show…….

    Let’s be real they only need one token.. Randy will be staying.. sad thing is Ryan gets that much for speaking into a mike..that is it? oh yeah white folks fart and make money off anything and anyone!!!

  • Ms. Littlejohn

    That show is WACK anyway. I’m tired of hearing about it. Whether we like the show or not though, it can’t go on too much longer without Paula Abdul.

  • aqueenwaits

    Look Yaw….Paula aint broke or all that dumb. She sells her jewelry on Home Shopping and she sells out! So whether she’s dancing with a cat or stoned on aspirin at American Idol, she’s seeing and hearing the cash registers — cha ching! Straight up! (lol)

  • SimpleTOM

    seacrest owes his fat paycheck to the gay community

    paula need to get money and fall back. no minorites ever get paid on par with white males. especially not no woman.

  • http://fawker.us/2009/08/05/when-the-checks-stop-coming-in-paula-act-a-fool-abdul-quits-american-idol/ When the Checks Stop Coming In: Paula “Act-A-Fool” Abdul Quits American Idol! |

    […] you remember correctly, we told you a minute back that Paula was on her way out the door, right? Her manager can really get mad now, because the checks have officially stopped coming in: […]

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