Paula Abdul may not return to the judges table on the 9th season of American Idol. Abdul’s manager spoke about how Paula is feeling towards the Idol execs for stalling negotiations for a new contract.
Just when Ryan Seacrest has received a three-year deal worth $45 million from American Idol and Simon Cowell in negotiations to renew his contract, Paula Abdul is yet to receive news from the executives.
Paula’s manager David Sonenberg said on Friday, “She’s not a happy camper as a result of what’s going on. She’s hurt. She’s angry.”
Although Sonenberg has only been Paula’s manager for almost a month, he has been dealing with Abdul’s career since June. He says that no proposal for a new contract from Idol has been sent. He said, “I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful. I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”
Since the negotiations for a new contract for Abdul has been stalled, Sonenberg said that it is unlikely for Paula to rejoin the show she’s judged for eight years. He added, “Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol.’
On Paula’s twitter, she made a general statement saying, “I’m actually moved 2 tears upon reading the enormous amount of tweets showing me your kindness, love, & undying support. God bless all of you! If it weren’t for you, this specific time and situation would feel a whole lot worse!”
Randy Jackson is still on contract until 2011. Auditions for Season 9 began last month, with the show set to return in January 2010.