Abdul Rejected 30% Raise, Will be ReplacedNEW YORK - Fox nearly slammed the door on Paula Abdul’s return to “American Idol” — but not quite. “We made an offer we feel is very fair to Paula” that included a substantial raise, Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice told the Television Critics Association on Wednesday.
But Abdul decided against returning for the hit singing contest’s ninth season, he said...The offer is for a multiyear, eight-figure deal that represents a 30 percent increase for Abdul, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person, who was not authorized to speak publicly, asked not to be identified.Rice said the network is saddened by Abdul’s decision but looks forward to finding a permanent replacement for her who could bring a new dynamic to the show.
Dear Fox/Executive Producer Simon Fuller,
I will seal clap for you for less than eight figures.
I'd seal clap for seven, even the high sixes.
In fact, I'd like to nominate myself to fill that judge on the American Idol panel. Here are my qualifications:
1. My friend Jennie gave me Paula Abdul's Forever Your Girl in the 7th grade. I wore that tape out.
2. Although I have not appeared with an animated cat in any type of video, I have watched all the Keyboard Cats and feel that my cinematic feline experience is higher than the average person's cinematic feline experience. You should look into having Keyboard Cat play rejected people off (you can take that idea and run with it. You're welcome.)
3. I will wear whatever nut-bag outfit you want. I'd even wear flip flops.
4. I get out of my chair and dance frequently. "Dance like no one is watching thing"? No, thanks! I always know people are watching and I'm OK with that. I can also raise one hand in the air as I dance to give the vague effect of raising the roof or acting like I just don't care.
5. I don't have choreographic experience, but I bet Mia Michaels would give me lessons (I hope she doesn't cut me.)
6. I am usually relatively coherent, but I can pretend not to be. I might have to subside on less sleep than I get now (difficult, but not impossible.)
7. While I'm not usually an understanding person when it comes to poor musical performances, I can tone down the honesty and tune up the blind and unreasonable encouragement.
1. I'm not sure what you're used to putting in that giant Coke cup on the judges' table, but I'd request actual Coca-Cola, not cocaine, and preferably Diet Coke. This also gives you a chance to return those 14 cases of Robitussin!
2. I could ask my friend Courtney to come sing. Trust me, you want that to happen.
3. I promise not to do a reality show for Bravo (but if Rachel Zoe calls and asks me to be on her show I would DIE and say YES, because that would be BANANAS.)
4. I would make it a priority to tease Simon in a way that he would find frustrating and yet ratchet up that English charm. I'd also boo him, if you wanted. Or I could, for a turn, actually listen to him and agree since he's usually right.
5. I would never, not ever, critique a performance that had not happened yet, unless that's what you wanted, in which case, DONE.
6. You've heard of Twitter? I'd totes live tweet my judging panel because I know that everyone loves a live tweet. Plus, extra publicity for you on the hot social network Twitter (it has to be hot, Oprah uses it!)
7. I'd like to keep my Google phone instead of having to use AT&T. I broke up with AT&T a couple of years ago, it was kind of messy, but I'm open to negotiating this point.