Paula Abdul quits “American Idol”

According to the Los Angeles Times (and her own rambling Twitter feed) Paula Abdul announced this evening that she is not, I repeat, not returning to “American Idol” next season. Whoa…big mistake, FOX! I mean, love her or hate her, losing Paula is the beginning of the end for “Idol” in my book.

Paula Abdul hiding her tears with crazy shades...

Sure, Abdul is straight-up insane most of the time, and her comments as a judge literally make no sense, but I firmly believe that Paula’s brand of Coked-out crazy is a vital component of “American Idol’s” success. And with “Idol” glut sullying the pop landscape, does anyone really watch that show for the singing anymore? Hell, no! For me, “Idol” is and always will be, Simon, Paula and Randy talking trash. Oh, and Kara’s a’ight too.

I don’t know what the execs at FOX are smoking…but letting Paula slip away over money is just plain stupid. It’s even more insulting when you consider the fact that Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest just got gignormous raises. Cowell I understand…he is the show, but Seacrest? Please, anyone could do that job. And yeah, I’m talking to you, Brian Dunkleman!

But Paula’s brand of bat-shit crazy is one of a kind, man. You simply cannot replicate it, and all the new judges in the world won’t be able to replace the whacky little gem you’re losing today. So, for the love of all that is holy in reality TV, pay the woman what she wants and get Paula back to the “Idol” judging table where she belongs!

Long live Paula Abdul, and more importantly, long live the crazy!


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7 responses to “Paula Abdul quits “American Idol”

  1. Pop Culture Nerd

    I agree with you. I usually FForward through Paula’s critiques because I just don’t understand Abdullian, but she was an original cast member who helped make the show a water-cooler staple. Nobody discusses Randy or Ryan the next morning; people talk about what wacky stunt Paula pulled.

    I think it’s disrespectful of Fox to let her go after giving the men huge raises. I don’t think Brian Dunkleman can do Ryan’s job, though. Don’t think he’s worth $45 mil but it’s a tough job. He has to work with crazy judges and a bunch of delusional amateurs and take gay insults from Simon and try to keep the show running on time and do it LIVE!

  2. Melissa

    I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t present the contrary point of view. I’m ready to never hear about Paula Abdul again, so if this will keep her off TV, great! Paula being gone would almost make me start watching AI again. Almost.

  3. I hear ya about Seacrest, PCN. When you break it down like that, his job does sound kinda hard. But Paula deserved way better…in the words of Randy Jackson, she was dawged, dawg.

    And as for you Melissa, wow…why all the Abdul hate? Are you still smarting from when she stole Emilio Estevez away from you back in the day? 🙂

  4. Melissa

    Yeah…’cause I’m sooo into the Sheens.

  5. Since I believe that the only judge that is untouchable is Simon, I was actually relieved to hear that crazy Paula was finally answering my prayers and leaving the show … until I heard the rumors that she was joining the judging panel of the fall season of So You Think You Can Dance, the one show that I actually love even more than Idol.

    I sincerely hope the SYTYCD rumor is not true.

  6. Oh my gosh, did you hear? They’re bringing in Katy Perry and Posh Spice to temporarily replace Paula. Perry is annoying but I absolutely cannot stand Victoria Beckham. Having her judge someone’s singing would be the equivalent of having Stevie Wonder judge Project Runway (no disrespect to Stevie, just that he wouldn’t be able to see the difference between good and bad. You probably knew that but I wanted to be clear because I love Stevie).

    Ugh. Just stick syringes in my eyeballs now and get it over with.

  7. OMG…are you serious? I mean, I always loved me some Posh when she was the Spice Girls, but, come on…neither one of them can hold a candle to Paula’s authentic brand of crazy!

    It’s a sad day for “Idol” fans when a pair of slick, manufactured pop princesses are judging soon-to-be-slick, manufactured pop singers…yikes…

    And, wow, I didn’t know you hated blind people so much, PCN. What a meanie! 🙂

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