Ryan Seacrest Bummed - Paula Abdul Turns Down $8 Million?
Aug 6, 2009
Paula Abdul once indicated she is open to a return to American Idol on condition of a "fair deal." But now she is out and Ryan Seacrest is bummed! Seacrest scored a multi-million dollar contract and Abdul wanted major money as well. She was earlier said to have bolted - both the country and the show - unhappy with the pay she was being offered for the show's ninth season. She was said to want $20 million. Now she is officially out, according to her Twitter page.
How much did she turn down? Life & Style claims they have a source that Paula Abdul is not returning to Idol because producers refused to raise her salary! "Paula had demanded a raise from $8 million to $12 million to stay on as a judge on Idol," an insider close to the show tells Life & Style. "And her management took a tough line with show's bosses and refused to negotiate.”
The item notes that Paula was shocked when Idol executives then failed to raise her $8 million salary. "Paula's managers issued a statement in July saying Paula hadn't been offered a deal at all, which only inflamed the situation," the insider continues. "After that, the relations between both sides deteriorated to the point where Paula's management was slamming the phone down on Idol staff."
According to the report - Paula is said to be upset because her co-stars, like Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, hold much more lucrative contracts. "Paula's team believes that because Simon, Randy Jackson and Ryan have such great deals, Paula deserved more."
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