Paula Abdul Wanted $20 Million to Stay on American Idol
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Abdul—who earned about $2 million from the show last year—was demanding $20 million to remain with the popular singing competition.
Abdul had reportedly rejected an offer to bump up her salary by 30 percent, which would have netted her $10 million over a multi-year deal.
Moreover, the New York Times reports that Abdul “felt unappreciated” in recent months, particularly after AI host Ryan Seacrest inked a multi-year deal reportedly worth $45 million.
But a non-monetary factor may have played a part in Abdul’s decision to leave—apparently Paula was “surprised and upset” by the addition of fourth AI judge Kara DioGuardi, who just re-upped for the new season of Idol on Monday.
Let us know in the comments section: Do you think Paula Abdul was short-changed, or was she getting a little too greedy?