Late last night, FOX confirmed Paula’s news with a statement:
“Paula Abdul has been an important part of the American Idol family over the last eight seasons and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show. While Paula will not be continuing with us, she’s a tremendous talent and we wish her the best.”
Though that seems to close the door, there are those that think Paula could still possibly return. My hero, EW’s Michael Slezak, appeared on “The Early Show” this morning and discussed exactly that possibility saying, “You never know. It’s Paula Abdul.”
“The Early Show” also reported that Paula was offered a 30 percent pay raise. “The New York Times” reported that she demanded $20 million after making $2 million last season. The $20 million figure makes sense since it would give her more than Ryan Seacrest just got…
Meanwhile, Nigel Lythgoe, the executive producer of “So You Think You Can Dance” has said Paula is welcome to appear on “Dance” and the “New York Post” reported that NBC is interested in doing a reality show with Paula. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Paula show up on “Dancing With the Stars” since that has been rumored to be a dream of hers for quite some time.
I rarely disagree with Slezak, but I really think the door is closed on this one. However, this is one time I sincerely hope I’m wrong.
You can see the report on the “Early Show” here…
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