Paula Abdul was telling anyone who would listen that she warned American Idol producers not to let her now-deceased stalker, Paula Goodspeed, on the show. A producer denied that claim, and said that he didn’t remember Paula telling him Goodspeed was a stalker. He also made it clear that Paula really shouldn’t have continued to talk about the incident a few weeks after Goodspeed committed suicide in her car outside Paula’s house. The press was reassured that Paula’s position on the show wasn’t in jeopardy and that she would continue to have a place on the judge’s panel.
MSNBC’s The Scoop reports that while Idol has been giving assurances that Paula will remain on the show, head judge Simon Cowell’s fate is not as certain. The acerbic Brit says he’ll decide next year whether he’ll stay on Idol and that he’s uncertain due to a busy schedule and a lot of other commitments.
When “American Idol” executive producer Ken Warwick held a conference call with the press earlier in the week, he spent much of it reiterating that he wanted Paula Abdul to stay on the show.
Turns out that reporters on the call really should have been asking not about Abdul, but about Simon Cowell.
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“I’ll make a decision about (whether to stay with the show) next year,” Cowell said Dec. 17 in his own call with reporters. His inclination to make a call about staying with the show doesn’t come from personality conflict as much as it does workload, however. “This show could continue for another 10 years,” he conceded.
[From MNBC's The Scoop]
Meanwhile The National Enquirer reports that Paula Abdul is pressing Idol to double her salary under threats that she won’t stick around beyond this season. They’re said to be willing to accommodate her salary increase. She earns around $5 to $7 million a year and is said to want $10 million. If Simon steps down they’ll have the budget for it since he earns three times that, according to the Enquirer. It’s an insane amount of money, but AI is the most watched show on television and they probably want to keep their celebrity judges happy.
Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul and Randy Jacksonare shown introducing New Fourth Judge Kara DioGuardi at American Idol NYC Tryouts on 8/26/08. Credit: