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Media Exec Says Paula Abdul is Lying


I heard the news last night about Paula not returning to Idol.  I can’t figure out if I’m just in denial, but I just don’t fully believe that Paula isn’t returning.  It would be like removing the one remaining piece of entertainment from that show, and that doesn’t make sense.

Bonnie Fuller — she’s the exec who has worked at such publications as Us Weekly, Star, YM, Cosmo, and Marie Claire — Tweeted last night about Paula’s non-return to American Idol.  According to Fuller, and she helmed Star so we have to take this with a grain of salt, Paula did ink a contract with AI and Abdul’s Twitter boo-hooing (Twhining?) is all a publicity stunt.

So, I think we have to wait and see on this.  It’s entirely possible that Paula will come back in a week with a “We revisited negotiations and are happy to announce … ” Tweet.  Stay tuned.

UPDATE:  Well, that didn’t take long.  Fuller hit Twitter a few minutes ago to say that her sources felt the deal was done but Paula pulled out at the last minute.  Apparently a 30% raise wasn’t enough for Ms. Abdul.


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