Paula Abdul is "hurt," "angry" and unlikely to return to American Idol
unless the show's producers make her an offer soon, says her manager.Take our quiz about reality TV competition shows
"It does not appear that she's going to be back on Idol," David Sonenberg, who signed Abdul as a client last month, told the Los Angeles Times.
Idol host Ryan Seacrest — who had a year left on his own contract — just extended his stay through 2012 and at more than double his current salary. And Abdul's fellow judge, Simon Cowell, is reportedly in talks to inflate his own annual paycheck to $100 million-plus.
Sonenberg says Idol producers FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment have yet to offer a new contract to Abdul, whose pact with the reality juggernaut expired at the end of Season 8.
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The judging panel for Season 9 is due to hit the road and start critiquing audition callbacks next month.
"I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual... unnecessarily hurtful... kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that [the producers] haven't stepped up and said what they want to do," Sonenberg said. "[Paula]'s not a happy camper as a result of what's going on. She's hurt. She's angry."
A Fox spokesperson would not comment for TVGuide.com on Abdul's contract status, while her publicist did not respond to requests for comment.
If Idol does in fact let Abdul slip away, what might be next for her? She has explored the idea of headlining her own Las Vegas show. Beyond that, "We're going to be considering everything, including some kind of a competition show," said Sonenberg. "She has tremendous ideas for a whole variety of shows."