The 47 year old’s future on the talent series was thrown into doubt this weekend (19Jul09) when her manager, David Sonenberg, told the Los Angeles Times that “it does not appear” that she will be returning in 2010’s Idol.
Discussions have come to a halt between Abdul and TV executives as she bids to return to her spot alongside Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi.
New reports claim the reason behind Abdul’s delayed signing for the show is because she is demanding $20 million (£13.3million) – $10 million (£6.6 million) more than bosses are willing to offer her.
But music mogul Cowell has eased the minds of Abdul’s supporters, who have since launched an online campaign on Twitter.com to keep her on the show – insisting there’s no need to worry.
He says, “She’ll be fine. She’ll be on the show. I don’t get a lot of say. I’ve just made it clear that I want Paula on the show.
And Cowell’s not the only TV star to offer support for Abdul – the show’s host Ryan Seacrest spoke in favour of her on his Twitter.com blog on Monday (20Jul09), saying, “I connected with Paula Abdul today…love you. PA. Can’t imagine doing Idol without you!”.