Paula Abdul blames Simon Cowell for her erratic behavior

It’s all Simon Cowell’s fault that Abdul blathers about fortune cookies and melons on American Idol:

Paula says, “He’s worse than ever. If they say, ‘Paula is going crazy,’ the reason is Simon is whispering things in my ear, like, ‘What’s the price of beans?’ Things that make no sense at all,” she tells In Touch Weekly


Meanwhile Abdul was nearly fired from her job as America’s favorite drunken cheerleader. Producers were said to be looking at Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears as possible replacements:

“Paula was being very difficult. (She was) crying all the time and arriving late for meetings.” The stress from the situation drove Abdul seek medical attention and she was treated for “exhaustion and dehydration”. According to the source, executives from the show discussed replacing the troubled judge: “(They) liked Jessica (Simpson) a lot. And some were pushing for Britney (Spears).” Neither star ended up meeting with Idol producers and they decided to keep Abdul – for now.

Abdul must have been a total mess if Simpson or Spears seemed like a more coherent alternative. We think the most likely reason for Abdul’s retention is that her lawyers pointed out her contract to Idol producers. Rather than invite another scandal, they kept Abdul on. It will be surprising if she gets another season on the top-rated show.

Here is Abdul looking glassy-eyed with support from Laura Flynn Boyle at the Jennifer Nicholson fashion show in LA yesterday.

Three more including candids from American Idol after the jump.

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  1. Anthony says:

    I am a huge fan of Paula’s and if she isn’t offered the job as an American Idol judge next season then I will not watch American Idol next year.

  2. celebitchy says:

    Hi Anthony. Many people must feel the same way, because her contract was renewed for three more years at somewhere between 5-8 million a season.