Is Arsenio Hall giving his ex-girlfriend Paula Abdul career advice?

Paula Abdul leaves CNN studios after raising money for victims of the Haitain earthquake on a special 2 hour episode of Larry King Live

Everyone said that “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul was committing career suicide by walking away from the show after tense contract re-negotiations, but after witnessing the show’s painful decline in quality this season, you have to wonder if Paula is less crazy and more crazy like a fox. The 80′s pop star turned TV personality is in high demand and sources say she is close to making a deal with former cast mate Simon Cowell to work together again on his new show, “The X Factor.” And get this – she was advised to take the deal and turn down ABC’s offer to host “Star Search” by her ex, Arsenio Hall.

Paula Abdul turned down big bucks to host a new ABC version of “Star Search” – and she did it on the advice of her old beau Arsenio Hall, sources say.

Now the former “American Idol” judge is continuing talks with music producer mogul Simon Cowell to be a key player on his show “X Factor” next season.

“Paula was very tempted to do ‘Star Search’ and negotiations went right down to the wire,” an insider told The Enquirer. “But at the last minute Arsenio persuaded her not to do the show because it has already been done – by him!”

Arsenio, 55, hosted the revival of “Star Search” on CBS in 2003, but that reboot of the old Ed McMahon-hosted show failed to catch on with viewers.

“Arsenio told Paula that she should stake out new ground for herself and not rehash something that has been done several times,” said the insider. “He encouraged her to look to the future, and he believes for Paula, the future is ‘X Factor.’”

Paula, 47, and Arsenio dated 20 years ago. As the Enquirer reported, she rekindled her romance with the former late-night talk show host/comedian last fall, but they have since decided to be just friends.

And when ABC approached Paula to host a revamped “Star Search” Arsenio convinced her that the program- with its vintage variety show-style format – was too dated for young viewers.

“He felt it would compare unfavorably with the fresher ‘Idol’ and ‘X Factor’ formats,” explained the insider. “Paula was won over by Arsenio’s argument, even though the deal offered to her by ABC was one of the highest the network has ever made to a female star. Arsenio knows that Paula is very close to signing on to do ‘X Factor’ with Simon Cowell, and he feels that’s the best move for her.”

[From The National Enquirer Print Version, April 5, 2010]

Arsenio might be right about X Facto vs. Star Search – but really, aren’t they both rehashed at this point? “X Factor” is basically Simon ripping off his own UK show and “Idol.” It’s not all that orginial. As for Arsenio, should he really be giving anyone career advise? His career was no great shakes before he signed on to host “Star Search,” but after the show tanked, he kind of disappeared. I did see him in a small cameo role in the hilarious blaxploitation parody “Black Dynamite” recently, and he was really funny. I always thought Arsenio was a talented guy who had a hard time living in Eddie Murphy’s shadow. Anyway, back to Paula. We all know she is really in love with Simon, so stop beating around the bush and just sign the contract already!

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  1. Sumodo1 says:

    Oh, horrors! That’s why Paula will never work again!

  2. Amy says:

    she has denied that she dated him. and I dont think he has been giving her any advice . just more BS. the media dont really have anything real about Paula lately so they are just making crap up

  3. hmmm says:

    I could believe this story if not for the Arsenio Hall part. I dont believe shes in contact with him anymore.

    And yes, x factor format isnt fresh however, Paula & Simon together are GOLD and will take over the #1 spot in ratings for sure.

  4. rlr260 says:

    Wow. Arsenio looks like a (non-drag) RuPaul.

  5. V says:

    Arsenio Hall was a groundbreaker for many bands when he had his late-night talk show. Personally I found him a little obnoxious on the show, but he gave TV debuts to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Living Colour and many more not-yet-signed, barely-getting-club-gigs bands that went on to stardom. He’s very savvy and introduced bands which might have disappeared had they not appeared on his show.
    If he has advice for Paula Abdul, she should take it. She’s probably had a substantial raise from Simon Cowell, who realized American Idol started to tank after she left.

  6. AnonPlus says:

    Wait a minute. These two dated?

  7. really says:

    he so dammmmmmmmmm GAY.

    he wish he could spell girl, he so BORING.

  8. Rianna says:

    I just don’t understand how she is qualitifed to judge things. Did she have any famous hits? Maybe I am just a little too young for her…

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