Paula Abdul to Leave ‘American Idol?’ Say It Ain’t So!
“American Idol” without Paula Abdul is like a day without sunshine. You simply don’t even want to imagine it.
So it comes as a great shock to hear The Los Angeles Times report that Abdul, who has been with the show since its inception, might not be returning next year.
“Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol,’” David Sonenberg, Abdul’s manager, told the newspaper.
Before you get all sad, though, let’s look at the facts.
Sonenberg made this statement because he has yet to receive any kind of new contract proposal from the show’s producers.
“I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful,” he said. “I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”
“Hurtful,” “Rude and disrespectful.” What else can a manager say? Especially one who has only represented the former pop singer for less than a month. If he can’t get an answer from show producers, going out into the media and making a statement like this is a brilliant movie. It’s like a poker bluff and he’s begging for a call.
But if you look at it, these statements are blatantly obvious. He might as well have said, “If we don’t have a contract, we won’t be coming back” which simply would have been logical fact. Don’t you fret, though, “American Idol” fans. Producers on the show have notoriously been slow about this kind of this, especially this year. Ryan Seacrest just signed his deal, Simon Cowell is looking for big money and Abdul has to be next. Think about it. As important as Simon is to the show, without Paula to make fun of, who even cares?
Auditions for the new season start on August 6 and the shows air in January. We’ll have a resolution this week.