Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Paula Abdul Leaves "American Idol"
"American Idol"s ninth season auditions have just started, but one judge will be noticeably absent from the show. Paula Abdul has decided to leave the show after months of salary disputes. Reportedly, Paula was asking for a raise from her $3.5 million a year to $10 million a year, the same as Ryan Seacrest's new salary. FOX only offered her $5 million a year "take it or leave it". With Kara signed on to stay, "Idol" will fill Paula's spot with rotating guest judges like Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Shania Twain and Victoria Beckham. A new permanent judge may be added after the audition rounds. One thing's for sure, although the show will go on "Idol" will not be the same without Paula.