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Is Paula Abdul posturing with the L.A. Times report saying she might not come back?

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Ryan Seacrest just got a big raise last week. Is Paula Abdul’s agent playing hardball by going public saying she might not come back?

David Sonenberg told the L.A. Times last week that she has yet to receive a proposal from the bosses at “Idol.”

“She’s not a happy camper as a result of what’s going on. She’s hurt. She’s angry,” said Sonenberg, who began working with Abdul at the end of June.

“I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful,” he said. “I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”

I suspect she is posturing in public to pressure the “Idol” producers to give her a comparable raise. Two weeks ago, on the set of the “Drop Dead Diva” set, she was far more optimistic about returning to the show, saying she “probably” was going to do so to me and even more positive about it with an AP reporter.

She even tweeted about it:

“I’m actually moved 2 tears upon reading the enormous amount of tweets showing me your kindness, love, & undying support. God bless all of you!” Abdul tweeted. “If it weren’t for you, this specific time and situation would feel a whole lot worse!”

A decision better come soon because the “Idol” judges are due to hit the road soon do auditions, including the one in Atlanta.

65 comments Add your comment

BigJake

July 20th, 2009
6:47 am

Let’s see…you’re the new agent, and your client is on one of the most popular shows on TV, and the new season auditions are pending…yeah, it’s a perfect time to make a public statement that your client is unhappy and you are personally appalled that she is being treated with disrespect. How transparent is this attitude?

Nana

July 20th, 2009
7:03 am

Good Morning Everybody!!!!!!!!!

Today’s Quote: “Everything’s in the mind. That’s where it all starts. Knowing what you want is the first step toward getting it.”

I trust that everyone had a great week-end and are now ready to face another week.

So sad about Walter Cronkite. As it has already been said on here, he was the greatest newscaster ever. I will never forget the day that JFK was killed and the tears that rolled down WC face as he reported it. Also when he reported the death of MLK and Bobby Kennedy. His emotions were just as true and sincere as anyone’s.

What a shame that the young man had no common sense in keeping that poor dog in a hot car. All it takes, is for everyone to excerise common sense to prevent tragedies from occurring. For anyone to be negligent is unacceptable. Maybe he just suffered from neurasthenia.

Nana

July 20th, 2009
7:07 am

Bet a nickle to a dollar in the very near future, we will hear of a nice fat raise for Paula for at least another years contract. Any takers??????

harriett

July 20th, 2009
7:47 am

Morning! I heard this on Today this morning and never once considered it as anything but a tactic to get a raise. It’s the domino effect. Now, how much should she get is the question. Ryan’s job is much more difficult.

And, I was not on here over the weekend, but, D, I echo your salute to a one-of-a-kind newsman–Walter Conkrite. I sat fascinated all weekend with the retrospectives and reliving of the major stories of his time.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
7:53 am

Morning!

No way does Paula leave Idol! What else would she do that’s even as close to being as lucrative? She’ll get a raise and be back in her seat flirting with Simon.

Mr Hollywood returned to LaLaLand last night and the house is quiet again. We’ll miss him, as always but we had a good, long visit this time.

Rodney, do you have any date yet on the next round of Atlanta auditions. I’m sure Nana already knows but we must respect her granddaughter’s wishes and no badger her about it. ;-)

Mike S

July 20th, 2009
8:16 am

This is nothing more than Paula’s agent bloviating to try and get her a nice raise like Ryan and Simon. He is trying to force Simon Fuller and company to publically kiss Paula’s tushy and massage her bruised ego over Kara being brought on board.

kelly&carriefan

July 20th, 2009
8:34 am

Hey y’all….Hope everyone had a great weekend.

This whole thing with Paula seems like such a public cry for attention. (I know…Paula wanting attention? What am I thinking?! ;) ) Anyway. I would be *very* surprised if she doesn’t come back. I could see Kara before Paula, but we shall see…if she’s thinking she’s getting “Ryan” money, I hate to break it to her, but that’s pretty much not going to happen.

As far Walter Cronkite, I wasn’t alive for those iconic moments y’all have mentioned, however, his announcing the death of JFK is one of the memories that no one will ever forget.

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
8:41 am

It seems like Paula (or her agent) is betting BIG with nothing more than a pair of threes in her hand. Unfortunately, the folks at Idol are sitting there with three of a kind.

Nana

July 20th, 2009
8:56 am

I haven’t even been told when they will have the next round of auditions. She is being very tight lipped about it. The only person she has told is her hubby. I couldn’t even bribe her with one of my homemade pecan pies! :(

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
8:58 am

Wow! Mike and k&cf showing up….fantastic! I’m sorry I missed you on Friday, k&cf…..hope the world is treating you better than the last time we talked! Happy to see your smiling…..screen name? again!!!!!

And Mike knows we’re always happy to hear his opinion!

I don’t even see Paula’s agent expecting a lot more money…maybe just a lot more publicity.

Nana

July 20th, 2009
8:59 am

laying all jokes aside, IMO, if both Simon and Ryan are getting increases, it’s only fair that Randy and Paula also receive them. Maybe not the grand scale of S & R, but one none the less.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
9:00 am

Nana…try a peach pie next time. ;-) Seriously, we can wait! We wouldn’t want her to jeopardize her chances in any way.

harriett

July 20th, 2009
9:22 am

Randy still has not been heard from, come to think of it. Might we be hearing from his camp next re: a raise? Welcome back again KCF!

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2009
9:25 am

How I would love to have an agent keep the world at bay and deal with the difficulties of my life – especially when it comes to asking for a raise… I hope Paula is sensible enough to realize she’s not at the same level as Simon or Ryan. Holding out for a 40 million dollar contract would be foolish.

Nana

July 20th, 2009
9:36 am

I would Deirdre, but she doesn’t like peach. Maybe if I toss in her next to fave dessert, Hummingbird Cake with the Pecan Pie, she may relent. She hasn’r said, but I think she has to keep quite about it. She did have to sign some papers.

Heather MacDonald

July 20th, 2009
9:55 am

Randy is under a contract through 2011 currently and will enter the renegotiation phase then. Paula is the only one who has not had a renewed contract as of yet. I would LOVE to see Kara gone and Idol go back to a three judge format. Kara talks too much and simply parrots Randy.

Manny

July 20th, 2009
10:01 am

This is normally not my area because I’m a political and sports blogger,but what does Paula Abdul do? I mean, the other judges are producers, right? Their jobs before ‘Idol’ was to give expert criticism in order to make hit records.

But Paula Abdul was a performer. And really a dancer-turned-singer, not a serious singer. And in the history of American Idol, I haven’t heard one real original criticism from Paula Abdul that was just an echo of something that Randy or Simon said. Or that new girl (sorry, but I stopped watching it after the auditions last season… they didn’t pick the best singers, so I quit.)

So I think, out of all of the judges, she’s the easiest to be replaced. You can go and get Deborah Gibson, Toni Basil, or someone else to play the Paula role, and the show would keep going.

Just my $0.02.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
10:04 am

Heather…I would LOVE to see Kara gone as well and have been campaigning for it since April. This should be taken as no offense to Kara…it isn’t her that I object to, it’s the 4 judge concept. It’s a total waste of time!

Rafterfan

July 20th, 2009
10:11 am

Kara is just…..annoying. Paula brings a little sweetness to the party. And Toni Basel was on SYTYCD, Manny – no thank you! Keep Paula, dump Kara. Please?

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
10:15 am

Manny…while I agree with you to a point about Paula…she has become a fixture at Idol. The one bright spot in an otherwise dismal critique. She also brings performance knowledge to the table which can be helpful. If I was to pick one of the original judges to leave, it would be Randy. He hasn’t offered anything much in the way of a critique for the last 4 or 5 years. “I don’t know, dawg” and “It seemed a little pitchy to me” and “It was da bomb” are just about the only things he has to say these days and he mostly looks bored and unhappy. And he really needs to stop booing during Simon’s intro. It’s OLD!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 20th, 2009
10:16 am

morning all, busy as all get out since i’ll be out tomorrow taking my middle son to marietta for orientation at his new college, but a quickie Topsy report:

She’s back 100% (except she’s awfully skinny now, not eating much at all for 3-4 days) but she’s bouncy, gnawing my fingers and anything else she can find (which is probably the source of the original problem, she must have eaten something that blocked her up for a bit, we never did find out what it was) and is back playing in the yard. Thank you all for your emotional/mental support last week!!! I sure needed it!

catch you later if i can squeak out a few moments!

Woodpappy

July 20th, 2009
10:16 am

Mercedes, I’m with you about an Agent to do the difficult things for me. Wouldn’t that be nice? !

JTesla

July 20th, 2009
10:38 am

It’s Paula’s time to go. Or Kara’s time or Randy’s time. Someone has to leave! If that someone is Paula, fine. If it is Paula AND Kara, fine. Four judges does not work.

Linny, that is great.

harriett

July 20th, 2009
10:48 am

I say why mess with success. Paula gets on my nerves at times, but it’s what works and has for all these years. The experiment last year was a failure.

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
10:59 am

Anyone know how many years they signed Kara for?? The bigger the number of years, the bigger chance Paula’s not coming back.

And I have to agree with Deidre, “For me” -”I’m just not feeling it” when it comes to Randy’s reviews. They’re “just alright, I dunno.”

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

July 20th, 2009
11:18 am

I so in agreement about Randy’s critiques … they AREN’T critiques. As much as Kara got on my nerves towards the end, you get the feeling she was at least TRYING to be constructive in her criticisms, not just running her mouth. I didn’t agree with her a lot of the time, but at least it was more than Duuuuude….Dawwwwwg…..Pitcheeeeee….A’ight…..

BLEH.

wreckedpizza

July 20th, 2009
11:20 am

Yay for Topsy! Good news there, Linny.

As for Idol judges I think new blood is needed. Keep Simon, ditch the rest and bring in some new people. Just two, please. Three-judge format works best and to me Simon’s critiques are the only ones that really matter. Not hating Randy, Paula or Kara but IMHO they are taking away, not adding to, the show.

kelly&carriefan

July 20th, 2009
11:27 am

Thanks for the welcome, D, and yes, life’s gotten back on track. Thank God.

Rickster, LOL…”For me, for you, for me…” Randy can definitely go. I mean, he doesn’t add much, really. Other than tired catchphrases that should’ve been retired years ago. I’d rather them keep Kara. ;) Though, as far as I know, Kara was only signed on for a year….so, we’ll see. Am I really the only one who likes her? Wow.

Linny, so glad your pup is doing better! A sick dog is so sad. It’s when you wish they could talk the most.

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
11:46 am

“For me” (to borrow from Randy) when it comes to Kara, “I’m not feeling it.” Her reviews are pretty much a waste. Her declaring Adam a “Rock God” was WAAAAAY over the top.

Let her take Sharon Osborne’s place on America’s Got Talent. There are gas passing acts she could praise for their “artistry” and “making it their own.”

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2009
11:48 am

Agree with dumping of Randy. He would not be missed. Would actually prefer to keep Kara,instead, if she could drop her artistry bit. I don’t see how anyone under the age of 30 can be considered an artist.

Thanks, Deirdre, for history lesson on previous blog. Still think Mr. Cronkite did at lot of editorializing with his pauses, eyebrows and glasses!

On a more serious subject: In today’s WSJ, “AEG Live and the estate of Michael Jackson are negotiating with several studios, seeking at last $50 million in exchange for the theatrical and DVD distribution rights to a docuemntary about the final days of the late pop singer, according to people familiar with the matter.”

Seems the concert promoter is out $30 million “spent to stage a series of concerts the late pop singer was preparing for at the time of his death, and make up for tens of millions of dollars lost in revenue from ticket receipts and sales of merchandise and food.”

The documentary would be made from the 100 hrs of footage shot during MJ’s rehearsals for the London show.

wreckedpizza

July 20th, 2009
11:53 am

Rickster, well said. But, if Kara went to AGT would she be able to continue writing (or CO-writing)stellar songs such as “No Boundaries”???

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2009
11:53 am

And Linny, thats wonderful news abt Topsy. I once had a dog with a very bad habit of getting into inappropriate food. Several bouts of pancreatitis followed.

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
11:58 am

Wrecked Pizza…. of course she wouldn’t! Why do you think I want her there?

wreckedpizza

July 20th, 2009
12:22 pm

Ah ha! Now I see the true genius behind your plan. Maybe the universe shall allow it to be so…

Nana

July 20th, 2009
12:27 pm

Way to go Topsy!!!! Thata girl, make linny feel better.

I had rather see Randy go if one has to. He does seem a bit bored and really imo, shows no interest. I think he’s only there because he is under contract, although, we all know contracts can be broken I wished it were possible for Dick Clark to be a judge. As long as he has been around in the entertainment world and as a TV producer, he would be an excellent choice. Oh well, he was just a thought.

JTesla

July 20th, 2009
1:14 pm

Dick Clark? Isn’t he dead? I like animatronics and special effects, but not on Idol :)

Heather MacDonald

July 20th, 2009
1:18 pm

I wasn’t considering the idea of getting rid of Randy until I started reading the comments here. You allare correct. Randy just dials it in with a few “dawgs” and “dudes” thrown in. His speech pattern is, IMO, the most annoying of them all. Until I started giving it real thought, I never considered that his commentary is ALWAYS the one we talk through at home on Idol show nights. We don’t feel we’ve missed a thing.

wreckedpizza

July 20th, 2009
1:20 pm

Hey, Casey Kasem needs a new gig. Maybe he could replace RJ and then the other spot be filled on a rotating basis by performers or even past Idol contestants. Haley Scarnato, anyone? Alexis Grace? Food for thought, anyways.

To all, have a wonderful afternoon. I gotta go work awhile and then I shall check back in in the a.m. of Tuesday. Be cool.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
1:54 pm

Wreckedpizza…I actually kinda like the idea of former Idols acting as guest judges. Cut the judges down to 2…then call in a former top 12 contestant as a guest judge each week. Fresh critiques from someone who has been in those shoes would be unique and interesting.

Nana

July 20th, 2009
1:59 pm

JT, Nope Dick Clark isn’t dead. Has alot of age and is recovering from a stroke, but he is still living.

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
2:10 pm

Read on Fox News.com that Simon actually shot a PSA for PETA warning against leaving dogs in cars – prior to the guy from N. DaKota’s stupidty.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,534074,00.html?test=faces

I’m liking Simon more and more!

JTesla

July 20th, 2009
2:16 pm

Nana, have you ever seen the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s?” I think Dick kicked the bucket 10 years ago and now someone is just having a good joke at our expense.

Highlander

July 20th, 2009
2:27 pm

Don’t have one ounce of pity for MJ’s concert promoter. If he wasn’t insured out the a$$ for those concerts then he’s way too stupid to be a promoter!

I still like Randy as a judge. Even though he does get repetitive. I think he and Simon had a better balance before the addition of Kara last season. They’re both producers and have a better ear for the talent.

I like Paula but I don’t think her performing years, or any advice she can impart from them to contestants, are reflected in her critiques. You can rarely even call them critiques. She’s usually the one gushing over every other competitor. I can understand her wanting to say something positive but you have to keep it real, too.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
2:32 pm

Gordon Waller of the 60’s pop group Peter and Gordon, best known for their hit, A World Without Love, has passed away.

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
2:33 pm

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
2:34 pm

JT: Loved Weekend at Bernie’s (especially the water skiing scene) – but I have to agree with Nana. Dick Clark is still alive (at least the last I heard.) It’s almost heartbreaking to see him on New Year’s Eve with his slowed speech.

Highlander

July 20th, 2009
2:36 pm

And I agree with D. What else does Paula have going that will keep her in the public eye and be as lucrative as her Idol gig?

Having a big-time agent in this case simply means more of the money she makes goes out right after she gets it. Wouldn’t it be hilarious if after a modest raise (which we know she’ll probably get) she actually ends up bringing home less due to agent fees?!

Deirdre

July 20th, 2009
2:37 pm

BTW, A World Without Love was written by Paul McCartney.

Heather MacDonald

July 20th, 2009
2:39 pm

You have to admit that Paula’s critiques WERE more lucid and useful in Season 8. It was almost as though the addition of Kara made her “Straight(en) Up.” Sorry, couldn’t resist a Paula pun. I’d love to see Randy go because he drives me crazy telling a contestant that “no one” can sing Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey songs because those songs are “too big” for them. I’ve heard plenty of people sing Whitney and Mariah on Idol and do a BETTER job (or at least equal to). He just likes to drop names and act superior for working in the studio with these artists. His relevance is really over.

kelly&carriefan

July 20th, 2009
2:47 pm

Hmm, I’m kinda liking this “former Idol guest judge” deal…hmm, Kelly, Carrie, Hot Pants, I mean, Haley… ;) Who else would be good to see again? Bo?

And the whole “you can’t sing Mariah” kinda fell by the wayside when they had Mariah WEEK….ha.

Nana

July 20th, 2009
2:52 pm

My day is nearly over, so I’m about to head for home. Everyone have a great evening, be safe, be happy and always keep a song in your heart, a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Please be careful when driving on the highways.

Harm: Tonight is the Bachelors tell All. Can’t wait to see that.

See everyone later…………….

Mercedes S.

July 20th, 2009
3:32 pm

Thanks for link to “A World Without Love”, D – a song Peter and Gordon acquired from Paul McCartney who at the time was dating Peter’s younger sister Jane Asher. They met in 1963. Ah, the early 60’s… there was also “I Go to Pieces”, written by Del Shannon, and “True Love Ways”.

harriett

July 20th, 2009
3:50 pm

True Love Ways was a Buddy Holly composition, but I really like Peter and Gordon’s version best.

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
4:35 pm

Rickster

July 20th, 2009
4:39 pm

“For me” (sorry, I just can’t stop quoting Randy) the judges are pretty much pointless after Hollywood week. They determine the ones who make it to Hollywood and then choose the ones who actually get onto the show. I guess they created the whole “wild card” scenario to give them some relevance once people start singing live.

They’re at their funniest during the auditions and at their most useful determining the Hollywood week survivors. After that… they’re pretty much unneeded.

harriett

July 20th, 2009
4:56 pm

Bye all! Time to run!

JTesla

July 20th, 2009
5:35 pm

Rickster: for me, for you, for me, I think they are still needed. If for no other reason then for a little bit of entertainment value, but this year they were made the primary focus of the show. The grand entrance, the judges save, cutting songs so they could blather on and on BLECH.

Rodney Ho

July 20th, 2009
11:12 pm

New blog entry–Jordin Sparks interview!

Peter

July 21st, 2009
6:58 am

I really loved this book too. My book True Love Is Not Common; http://www.eloquentbooks.com/TrueLoveIsNotCommon.html has similar main characters. I grew up reading this author since high school. Hope one day my book will reach many people as this writer. While writing this book, I did research a lot on this subject, and love with people around us.

Heather MacDonald

July 21st, 2009
7:12 am

Peter, you own stock in this book or something? Stick to the topic!

Hotrod

July 21st, 2009
12:55 pm

We hit mute when Paula starts talking.
She’s pretty , but when she talks, its all rambles.
I think she has gotten too easy on the contestants as well.
If Randy or Kara did not go before her, she would not have a clue
what to say.

C Mary Baker

July 21st, 2009
4:18 pm

Idol would not be Idol without Paula.I won’t watch it without her.

kool$kat

July 21st, 2009
8:24 pm

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kool$kat

July 21st, 2009
8:25 pm

Don’t need Paula. Kara is hotter, smarter, and more talented musically.

Maxine Pearl

August 6th, 2009
11:55 am

PAULA ABDUL IS SO TALENTED. THE NETWORK IS CRAZY NOT TO GIVE HER A RAISE THAT SHE WANTS. IT IS SEXIST AND DEMEANING. HEY PAULA HOPE U GET ON SO U THINK U CAN DANCE. I LOVE THAT SHOW EVEN MORE THAN IDOL. I AM A DANCER. IF U DO NOT RETURN 2 IDOL I WILL NOT WATCH IT NO MATTER WHO REPLACES U. THE OTHER GIRL HAS NO PERSONALITY THAT RESIGNED. LOVE U PAULA. MAXINE