September 16th, 2009
02:06 PM ET

An open letter to Paula Abdul

Dear Paula,

First off, we're really sorry to see you leave "American Idol." Even though we don't quite understand why the reported $3 million you were making on the show wasn't enough, we respect your decision. And yes, we are looking forward to seeing you host the return of “VH1 Divas" on Thursday night. Because we really do love you.

And it's because we love you that we feel it's time for some tough love and blunt advice: Fire your team. Whether it was your PR people, manager, agent, or gardener who advised you during your "American Idol" contract talks, someone clearly and repeatedly dropped the ball. And as your business-minded ex-colleague Simon Cowell would agree, somebody on Team Paula deserves to get sent packing. Need convincing? We count at least three colossal goofs that were made on your behalf in recent weeks:

1.) In July, presumably during the height of your salary talks with "American Idol," your manager told the Los Angeles Times that you might not return to the show. If that was a ploy to rally the American people into a "Save Paula" frenzy that would have folks jamming phone lines, taking to the streets and packing town hall meetings until "Idol's" producers showed you the money, then it backfired big time. Instead, that defiant public statement during what had been private salary talks probably made both sides dig in their heels. Your fate on "American Idol" likely was sealed right there and then. Strike One.

2.) To announce your departure from "American Idol," you opted not to work with your former employers to issue the standard "Paula-has-decided-to-pursue-other-opportunities" press release. No, that would have just let everyone save face - and left open the door for you to come back later. Instead, you blindsided your "Idol" colleagues (and closed, barricaded and nailed shut the door to your return) by announcing your "Idol" departure in a short Twitter post. Now, Paula, this one was mostly your bad. But it was your team's job to save you from yourself - even if it had meant hiding your BlackBerry. Strike Two.

3.) The day Ellen DeGeneres was announced as your replacement, "Showbiz Tonight" asked your publicists for a comment. Their response: "No statement from Paula. She has moved on." This was the most baffling mistake yet! A warm statement of congratulations and best wishes would have made you look classy and cost you nothing. Instead, you looked petty. Yes, your people eventually did release a more gracious statement. But a star of your caliber needs a team that gets it right the first time. Strike Three.

We know that you're an incredibly sweet person. So if you find it hard to summon the ruthlessness to fire your team and save your career, just re-read this letter. And then ask yourself one simple question: what would Simon do?

To paraphrase one of our favorite songs of yours: "We're Forever Your Fans."


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  1. Favour

    I wish the organizers of IDOL will call Paula back ,it will make the difference. She adds colour to show.Honestly,give it a second thought.

    September 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Christine

    $3 milion, $15 million. Do these people really deserve that kind of money for what they do? Let's see them get paid like the everyday person gets paid. Live on what we make. The more money celebrities make, the greedier and stingier they are.

    September 18, 2009 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. JC Russo

    That is a fabulous letter, but why even bother to inform her? She is a complete mess and has worked with every publicist, agent and manager in town and no one wants to subject themselves to the torture. She makes appointments and shows up hours , if not days late. She thinks her "D" list celebrity status gives her the power to everyone to waste everyone's time. At the end of the day, she had her moment. She needs to just step aside. Thankfully, she is just one or two disasters away from Gay Icon status..

    September 18, 2009 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Britney...

    Im not sure on how well Ellen is going to be on American Idol. I mean, i love her show, shes a great person but american idol??? they are totally crossing the line.
    Paula was a good judge-not the best in my opinion, but im not sure about Ellen... I think they could have chosen another person that isnt so "funny" or whatever... if you know what i mean.

    September 18, 2009 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ash

    I can't believe anyone is actually saying they won't watch BECAUSE Ellen is on it now. That's so lame that anyone cares that much about who sits in that chair.

    Also, Ellen didn't steal the role from Paula, so why the bad blood towards her (unless you are homophobes, which I do suspect...)?

    Remember that this is ENTERTAIMENT, and she's an extremely talented ENTERTAINER. What makes her less-qualified than a briefly (yet moderately) successful, tone-deaf, marginally-talented dancer?????

    September 17, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rain

    Get with the program, Cowell had Abdul dumped. How could you not notice his scowls and other signs of disgust over Abdul constant blathering? He engineered the entire thing, from bringing in a fourth judge, to pushing Abdul's buttons to make her quit.

    September 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Linda Love Jones

    I loved Paula! She was crazy, funny & cute. There's still time for her to come back, and I think she probably will.

    I love Ellen too, but she'll be a big distraction on the show. She's a comedian for goodness sakes! Between Ellen's comedy routine's and the other girl's long-winded comments, they'll have to lengthen the show just to see the competition.

    Bring Paula back!

    September 17, 2009 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jamey

    What a piece of tripe writing thias is! Anyone consider Ms Abdul doesn't want to return? Has no desire to return? Ever!

    September 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mo,bonke

    No Paula Abdul no American idol i rather go and watch seattle space needle than watchin fake simon and Ryan makin more money for nothin paula should have been given more money period . Paula u better make Idol American than watchin simon American idol

    September 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bob jones

    its obvious to me that the letter writer knows nothing about paula or her situation. I do and have know her for over 20 yrs. I have one question – what team? paula makes all her own decisions and no one on her small team sticks around long enough to have a cohesive plan (why, not for me to say). she is responisble for every thing that happens, no one else. what you see is much different from what the reality is. paula sealed her fate long ago on the show and it was just a matter of time. everyone that knows the truth, understands this. she is one of the most talented, creative, people I have ever met and she is to be admired for many things, but behind the scenes is another story completely. the best paula now is in front of the camera, behind the camera will reveal itself in time – much like her show hey paula, but times 100. she is loved by so many and should be as she has much to give, unfortunately, as we all are, she is her own worst enemy. may she find happiness.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Carrie

    The smartest thing to do would have been to check with the other 2 people she sat and judged with and compared salaries. Is her's comparable??

    Yes? Great! All is good.

    No?? Is it still generous considering that all she has to do is sit there smile and pretend like she gives a crap?

    Yes? Great!!! Carry on!

    That should have been the first order of business. All the other points were spot on though.

    September 17, 2009 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. MGD

    Paula I think you goofed! But then everyone does at one time or another. I wish you would get an offer to replace Kara...can't take her.
    Good luck...God Bless.

    September 17, 2009 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eden L. Ynayan

    Hi,

    who cares about the American Idol, this show is not being widely watch here in the Philippines. this show is a bit racist as you noticed most black talents are being kick out in the early part of the show.

    Eden

    September 16, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gabriella

    Intuitive and Informed writing.

    Good Luck,
    and
    Best Always.

    September 16, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Layla

    At first, I thought, "I'm through with Idol and not watching it again after the Adam Lambert obvious bias." Then, Paula left and Ellen was named replacement confirming my vow. But I'm starting to think I want to see a train wreck! Ellen DeGeneres? Really bad choice! Laughable – And NOT in a good way!!!

    We'll miss you Paula, Good luck!!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Emily

    Wow! People really get snarky about this. They seem not to realize that it is all tongue-in-cheek, in any case. I thought it was well written and amusing, but clearly fluff, not an analysis meant to picked apart!

    September 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Cole

    One of the best open letters I've ever read!!! For those who continuously feel the need to compare Paula's 3-mil versus Ryan's 15-mil, please compare and remember their responsibilities. Paula was able to sit and be in whatever "mode" (sober, pilled-out, or whatever) she felt on any particular night simply to tell each contestant how pretty they were or how great and sparkly their spirit was, blah, blah, blah. While Ryan (who don't get me wrong, is not a favorite of mine either) had to keep the show moving and save face on live TV numerous times during her "precious moments". No different than any other corporate office..... those who perform their job well, get paid. Squeaky wheel doesn't necessarily get the oil !!!

    September 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. scooter

    True, many viewers will miss Ms Abdul's petulant poutiness, intoxicated stupors, and self-absorbed moping in her exchanges with the fiendish Simon Cowell. I do see the entertainment value in such spectacles.

    It remains to be seen if Ellen DeGeneres will make a good match for AI, as pointed out by Chantel. At this point, I wonder if Ellen is "too nice" for this venue.

    I genuinely like Ellen, and the character she portrayed in her erstwhile eponymous television show was just as likeable.... UNTIL the lifestyle choice thing became front and center in every episode and decimated what had been funny, light, and airy entertainment. Let us hope that the same pitfall is not repeated.

    September 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Cora

    I promised myself I won't watch the next season of AI, not because Paula is leaving, nor because is Ellen is getting on board, but because of what Simon did to Kris Allen. He has no respect for the choice of the people!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. KP

    Wow, the letter was actually a good piece of advice, mature and considered. The childish and immature responses are amazing. The people who posted those silly, inane negative comments need a PR team to stop them from being jerks. The only reason I read the letter was because someone told me about the idiot comments about the letter. Those people need to stop and listen to themselves. Talk about arrogant and narcissistic.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lorraine

    I'm always tickled when someone writes "WHO CARES".........obviously, YOU DO! LOL! Always the best part of these things. ;-)

    September 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Chantel Renoit

    I will not be watching this season or any other season for that matter. Having Paula Abdul gone from AI is like Lucy being gone from "I Love Lucy". The powers that "be" should not have insulted one of their stars the way they did, and should have paid her a "like" salary. Oh, greed and punishment....

    I was never a huge fan of Paula Abdul's, but "was" of AI, and subsequently a fan of Paula's now.

    AI never should never have gotten the other woman "what's her name"...I really don't know it. Really don't think Ellen is a match, a gimmick, a hook for some, but not a match at all.

    September 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  23. j.b.

    Really?! Did CNN read this letter before they decided to publish this? I expect something more professional from this website.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Megan

    LOL. Love every word of it. hysterical

    September 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Lori

    This letter is very unprofessional, I hope that they will get a lot of heat from it. Plus who ever wrote the letter needs to go back to school.

    September 16, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  26. tony

    Paula Abdul....what a has been. Her "career" was non-existent until AI. Her greed got her sacked. Good riddance! Don't let the door hit you in your drunken/drug-addicted ass on the way out!

    September 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Vicky

    Gee, is Paula THAT important to debate? I knew of her back in the 80s when she was really famous, but THIS?? I don't get it. She is tired (and looks it), and if $3 million isn't good enough to make a person happy, then I feel sorry for them.

    She probably just wants to retire and doesn't have the heart to tell the Idol fans and, instead, is playing this "poor pity Paula" scam.

    Did any one ever think of THAT?

    September 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  28. scooter

    Um, people... does anyone remember watching Ms Abdul's behaviour in episodes of the defunct reality train wreck show "Hey, Paula!"? Do you remember her reactions to the well-meaning efforts of her really quite talented AND CARING staff in the many ventures of launching her businesses, promoting her publicity, etc? Hint: (whiney beech).

    That's right, she sabotaged and frustrated all of their hard work with self-centered tantrums, tearful outbursts, wrong interpretations, irrational behaviour – and a LOUD MOUTH! I was genuinely embarrassed for her staff and even felt the same way for her. No wonder the film producers of the movie Bratz, with whom she was consulting, fired her by sending a text message to her phone. They could not tolerate her haywire mess of emotions.

    Ms Abdul's latest contretemps surrounding American Idol exhibit the same out-of-control, poor-me, it's-all-about-me attitude that has tanked her career and relationships for years.

    But it is hard to argue against the wishes of your boss, even a nice one. Do not worry, people, her staffers do not last very long anyway.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tim

    This is to meg. who cares if she is openly gay. That is very petty. Just because you love someone of the same sex doesnt make you a bad person. Paula was right to quite the show yes 3 million dollars should be but simon and ryan both signed 45 million dollar deals.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Marilyn

    Oops!

    The phrase should read:

    "Equal pay for equal work"

    Remember, as far as the salary on Idol is concerned, ignore the phrase, as the others have!

    You ARE still a megastar!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Marilyn

    Paula, for one, I don't blame you for leaving Idol. I remember the phrase, "Equal pay for equal work. Obviously, the others don't. Be like the others = ignore that phrase!

    You're still a talent! Go wherever you're happy, okay?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Susan

    Wow – so many opinions....Ok, first of all – whether or not Paula is great or not is really not the point of this article. Whether she deserved more money or not is really not the point of this article. Whether or not Ellen will help or hurt the show is really not the point of this article - and for everyone that got caught up in those issues, missed the point.

    This article is about the image of a celebrity. As a PR professional, I would agree with all of the points made in the article. Do celebrities need a team of professionals? Unfortunately most of them do. Building the career of a movie star, music performer or professional athlete is like building a business. You don't run a multi-million dollar business without marketing and PR. You don't run a multi-million dollar business without strategically planning your next move. So my advice to everyone – including Paula – think before you leap. And Never, Ever burn a bridge – you may need to cross it again some day.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  33. pmiller

    Paula Abdul must be getting advice from Arsenio Hall.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Tom, Long Beach, California

    and all you experts were on what show? She did the right thing....the Adam debacle killed the shows credibility and she will not be on the ship when it crashes and burns.....

    September 16, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  35. mama

    Please, in this day and age it should not need to be said that Paula should have been offered a contract equal to the men on the show. What is wrong with you people? Her time on the show was over when the news boke on the private salary Mr Seacrest negotiated. Strike 1. Then she was low balled by the home team. Strike 2. Then AI excecs decided that the show could move forward without Paula and with alternate judges ( now Ellen) strike 3.

    If you are going to use an analogy, at least get it right!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Gwen A.

    Paula I wish you well. I understand why and how you feel as you do.

    I will no longer watch American Idol. You are and will always be a star.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Susan

    Blame Paula's team all you want, but the decisions are ultimately hers. It's Paula's name on the dotted line. She was in total agreement with every move the team made. They are the spokespeople NOT the policy makers.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Johnnieg

    Hey ,if we can't say anything nice , why say anything at all?

    September 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  39. ben

    either way american idol is a pretty dumb show....paula just made it even stupider, good riddance

    September 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  40. shutupandrun

    Will she be doing another song and dance number on the new show? She should team up with Whitney and do a duet. They could call their new band "Cracky and Pills"

    September 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. timetomoveon

    I still can't believe that AI hired Ellen. What a joke! I'm glad Paula has 'moved on'. It's time for everyone else to do the same.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Tom

    An open letter to Sid Lipsey:

    What vested interest could you possibly have in Paula Abdul, other than the fact that you now don't have the fodder you entertainment "journalists" crave to direct your petty views to write an open letter? Yours is a sad industry. MYOB, Ace.

    September 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Christi

    This letter is right on....Paula should have accepted anything they would give her....SHE SUCKS!!!!! Paula is the worst Judge I have ever seen. Watching her try and formulate words that turned out stupid was Painful!! I am so grateful that I do not have to hear her this season on American Idol!!!!! Goodbye & good riddance!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Shan

    I will miss Paula and I agree, she needs to do something about her team. Ellen might be cool for the show, because she's so awesome. I bet she'll be on Simon's back a lot.

    Btw, folks - A computer screen doesn't hide you from karma. Or God. Or whatever you wanna call it. Vile comments cannot be hidden from the inevitability of personal consequence. It's a good thing to remember.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  45. gigi

    This guy is clearly a fan of Paula unlike most of the rest of us. Keep your private yearnings to yourself. Not worth the time to spend posting any letter to Paula. Have you noticed all of her other blunders over the years? They are not limited to a mere 3. Unreal!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Fred

    I had forgotten who Paula was before AI and I will forget her in the near future. Not woth remembering. Idol Gives Back: Paula.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Kathryn Grimm

    Dear Sid
    Who is "we're"? Showbiz Tonight? The American Public? What a moronic letter. This is a blessing in disguise for Paula. The show is an embarrasment. Now she can move on to bigger, better and more meaningful things.

    She's not my favorite singer and her tunes aren't really my style but I respect her as an artists nonetheless. She was/is an excllent correographer and dancer. Maybe people forgot that.

    She is also a decent human being taking care to give constructive advise without tearing the contestants apart. She seems to know more about music than anyone else on the panel including Randy though he's recorded with some major artists. "Yo dog" was mostly what he had to say without much helpful input. Paula actually had some insightful words for the singers.

    And why should she accept pay that is so low in comparison to the others? She should just take the crumbs while the others run with the millions? Really Sid. This is such blatant descrimination.

    Whatever. The show was stupid anyway but now that it's completely turned into a circus I'll find better things to do with my time. I wish Paula lots of luck. She's got guts for demanding what she deserves. The other judges are cowards for not backing her up.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Dee

    Geez.... Piece of advice # 4.... get a life!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  49. geglesias

    Paula is a talented woman. Why should those other two idiots make ten times more than what they offered Paula?? At least Paula can sing & dance; What in god's name can Ryan & Simone do except shoot their mouths off & make asses of themselves. Give me a break.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Timp

    Who cares about Paula? Who cares about Idol? Who cares about the manufactured pop "stars" that come out of the show?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Lynn

    I will watch Paula on VH1. I will not be watching American Idol this season or any other unless Paula returns. I really think the AI folks messed up.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  52. moiraesfate

    How about... "I am never your fan". She was ok in the 80's but has turned flaky as hell. Not to mention that she's overly sensitive and spoiled.

    I'm not sorry to see her go. I thought she was on drugs for the last 5 years anyway.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Gretchen

    Piece of advice #4:

    FIRE SIMON.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Freak-A

    Ok, I completey agree w/this letter. However, why are we still talking about Paula? That is SOOOO over with. Must not be much else to talk about.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  55. john below

    good letter. straight to the point telling a puffed up star how it is. paula was no longer needed and the show will be better for her leaving.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Maria

    I too have been an avid fan of American Idol; however, Paula's departure (or should I say her being forced off the stage) has caused me to become totally uninterested in watching the show in the future. And then to replace her with Ellen! What were you thinking? I wonder if Simon would have been treated like Paula? Simon's salary was a complete slap in Paula's face. Do they really think Simon is sooooooo more valuable? Congrats to Paula for taking the high road. I certainly will follow wherever she goes.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Laurie

    I do not get why the judges were not paid the same across the board anyway. Paula and Simon made Idol entertaining, each of them brought their own personalities into the show. Why does Ryan deserve to make 12 million more than Paula? As far as Ellen, what does she have to do with the music industry? She belongs on last comic standing, not American Idol. Someone that deals with the music industry should of been brought in, like umm Gene Simmons. Just an example. I will miss Paula, she is an American Sweetheart.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  58. mmrogers16

    Who the eff are you? No, really. Whether or not Paula Abdul did the right thing (a) is none of our business, and (b) does not need to be determined by you (or me, or anyone).

    September 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Barbara "BB"

    I think the person who wrote this letter had too much time on their hands. Besides I hope they do the same type of analysis of themselves. Maybe she made a mistake, but why was there such a disparity in pay Ryan 15 million, Paula 3 million? I don't remember too many people who at the water cooler talking about American Idol talking about Ryan but at times they were certainly talking about Paula. So who was more of a star and deserved more pay. Come on people, especially you ladies 'wake up and smell the skunk" its the same of story how women are treated vs men.....

    September 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Kevin

    This Show is totally dumb now. It should now be known as American Karaoke. With the exception of a few of the winners nobody who has won that show has amounted to anything. I wish that show would go away. All the judges and ryan are over paid!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Russ

    Paula was pretty much out of work until Americian Idol....3 million...come on.....Is she so out of touch with reality that she felt it wasn't enough.....Give her a year and she will fizzle out just like Suzanne Summers did because of greed....

    September 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Crazy Canuk

    One last point. Why on earth does everyone think that Seacrest is the God of hosts? He is a moron, and I can't help but be astonished to hear that he makes $45 million for anything. Do the idiots who watch this stuff realize that when they complain that their grocery bill is too high, or whatever they are purchasing is too high priced, most of the high prices come from companies who pay overinflated rates to advertise on these foolish shows, so the shows can afford to pay dolts like Seacrest $45 MILLION!!! Duh, get a life people.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  63. M Stewart

    Kara has never shown to have a thought of her own – if it was not for Randy for her to copy I don't think she could speak.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Estelle

    Who cares about Paula Abdul? She was already washed up onshore when Idol hired her. That was the best gig of her life, and she's got plenty in the bank.

    There are other people more worthy of the ink.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Paula Rodgers

    Just leave her alone! She has a right to a life that is not constantly being critiqued by "someone".

    Best of Luck Paula,

    September 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  66. TruthbeKNown

    Of course 3 million wasn't enough. After paying the stupid PR and management team their ill-gotten fees, Paula would have been working for minimum wage.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Crazy Canuk

    What a useless piece of drivvle this "open Letter" is. This is what CNN calls ireporting or twittering for them? It's crap. This was just someone who dislikes Paula and wanted to dump on her in a "nice way". I hardly watched the Idol shows, but it was nice to see Paula there when I did. Now, with ellen the man face on there I won't even give it the time of day. Yukkk. Paula got out before the show tanks, which will be soon. Simon will be next. LOL.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  68. OMG

    I want to write an "open letter"...... will mine get posted on CNN Entertainment?? dang....................humph~

    September 16, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Susansocal

    Excellent open letter. Ditto from another fan Paula.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Rich

    All Paula Abdul business aside, Ellen is the worst choice ever for AI judge. I'd rather see Paulie Shore up there. Maybe Big Bird. I'd rather pretend a CG character was real and had sage advice for contestants than try to imagine Ellen with any appropriate experience or thoughts for the show and its performers.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  71. joe

    Paula or Ellen who cares, the person who really mater on the show are the contestants!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Julia, Pacific Palisades CA

    By the way: I'l be watching AI now that Ellen DeGeneres is on. She'll do well and so will the show.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  73. mark

    Sid!! GET A LIFE DUDE!

    Paula did the right thing.

    I've been an avid fan of American Idol for many moons, however, I will NEVER watch another episode, ever! I'd put my life on that! (unless the network aPAULAgized!

    Paula wasn't my favorite, however, she did stick it out and should have been paid somewhere in the neighborhood of Simon (maybe 50-75% of). The execs are way too greedy. AI is a HUGH cash cow and Simon isn't getting anywhere near what the execs make!!!

    So figure that out guys....and goodby American Idol, I'll never be seeing you again and I will miss it, however, you blew it big time with games and greed!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Jim

    Hey, Chi......give it a break on the women rights thing, Paula doen't even know her name half the time!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jeff

    Ellen on AI.....is like a turd in the punch bowl. Unfunny, no talent that I have seen, hasn't every show she has touched been canceled?

    September 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Shirley

    I agree 100% with the letter and I hope Paula reads it!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Patricia G, Houston, TX

    This is silly...the letter that is...who wrote this? Obviously someone who does not have more worthy things on his plate. Although I do love Paula she was really great in the 80's and it was great seeing her on idiol...I also understand why she would expect more $$ if the overated Ryan S. is paid $45 million (for what I will never understand)...why not expect more. But this letter is really immature down right silly...

    AI was already becomming way too gimicky to me; I know I will not watch this year...the judges can be really rude at times and this is why so many people today seem to think being rude and crude is cool...Best to you Paula...Regarding Ellen she is funny, but I don't get her being on idiol judge seems like an odd pick oh well...

    September 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  78. jo-jo

    What's wrong with having just THREE judges??? It was much better that way! :)

    September 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Instgtr

    oops – make that SIMON leaves the show the show would end...

    As to Ryan leaving the show – big mistake...

    September 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Jim

    Paula acted like the idiot she is. She had more lines than a legal paper, making excuses for her behavior on the show. I am glad she is gone and IDOL would do us all a favor by booting the know it all other woman, whatever her name is. Get back to three Judges and keep DeGeneres on at any cost. She is a terrific entertainer, funny and alert to what is happening around her!! She is going to bring some spark to the show.

    September 16, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Chi

    Paula is trying to stand up for women's equality. We need to support her!

    September 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Instgtr

    Paula leaves the show – that's actually good for the show

    Randy leaves the show – no problem...

    Ryan Leaves the show – the show would end...

    Ellen joins the show – she'll DESTROY it...

    September 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Julia, Pacific Palisades CA

    A very immature, and definitely letter from someone who knows nothing about what happened, the process or about Paula in general. Best to let sleeping dogs lie. Paula has landed on her feet. She always will. She had a great run on a hit show, she made a choice, it's over, and this has to be put to bed. Enough silly, last Tuesday around the water cooler regurgitations. I'm sure Paula knows she has a lot of supporters. Many will miss her on the show where she'd been a long-time mainstay, but she's not there anymore. She's not going to be there. She has found something else to do and it was probably handled well and to her satisfaction. Of the most published recent photos of her, Paula looks beautiful and relaxed.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Deb in California

    I love Paula. She's a great entertainer and person. I wish she would make another album. I listen to her 80's music all of the time. She deserved more money and always the guys get a bigger salary. Ryan, what a joke. He's not worth 15 million.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  85. MIke for Paula

    As the American Idol team gets consumed on itself they continue to lose site of the fact that their original formula is not the same when you no longer have all of the original ingredients. The show without Paula is lessened. This old franchise (old in dog years - by tv standards) has become stale. Bringing DeGeneres will not spark it. I assume the plan is to create a rift between Ellen's ant-sexism and Simon's mucho macho persona. Good luck ... I tuned out when they brought that other lady judge --What's her name?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Dave S.

    I agree that Paula got WAY too greedy! She can't live on the 3 Mil? Think about it...she just left the number one show!! She will not find that much success again. I am a Paula fan, but that was a bad move. Her career was already pretty much over. She should have been thanking her lucky stars to be on the Number 1 TV show!

    I am also an Ellen fan. I am curious as to what she will bring to the table, but I don't think she is qualified to be a judge. She does not have any sort of music background. She may be entertaining, but she is not qualified to judge a singing competition. She should join Hasslehoff on America's Got Talent!

    It doesn't really matter to me, I for one am so tired of all the reality and competition shows. I stopped watchinig Idol a couple of years ago.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Carol

    I am sorry to see Paula go. She was a major part of the show and will be missed. Ellen will add new fun to the show. But the reason I will rarely watch is that I cannot stand listening to Kara DioGuardi. She is simply irritating and detracts from the show. Surely American Idol can do better than her. I liked having three judges. With four judges, the shows ran long, they had to rush the singers, and I found DioGuardi unpleasant.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Mojovan

    Let's not forget how she made a mockery of the show last season by shamelessly lip-syncing her new song on a singing show. I think that's the real reason she was ousted.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Cindy

    Sadly because of the HUGE favortism on AI....We have boycotted the show since the first season!!!! Incredible to us that so many people live through their television sets!!!!! There is sooooo much more to life than TV shows!!!! Especially when they call them "reality" and there has been documented proof that it is indeed NOT!!!!!!!! And if I can say out of all the AI Idols....is there not only one or two that have ACTUALLY made it more than a year?????? People....get off the couch and do something!!!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  90. joni

    I will miss Paula. Even tho she was weird at times!

    DON'T like Kara at all... get rid of her. And why is Ellen going to be on there?
    I think American Idol is going to lose alot of viewers this year, that's for sure!!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  91. lolly

    paula was getting very stale time for her to move on...Ellen will be interesting and fun to watch...

    September 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  92. viewer

    Remember with Happy Days "JUMPED THE SHARK". Idol has hit that mark!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  93. terri

    WHO CARES?????
    The one who goes should be Kara ! And what's with having Ellen DeGeneres as a JUDGE? How is she able to judge music? She is not a singer or songwriter... she's just a comic!!!
    A.I. gets dumber each year.
    Not sure if I even want to watch it any more.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Mel

    Wow, well said. Paula deserved better from both sides of the house. She will be missed. AI is such a wonderful show and gives hope to so many. Don't we just love to see those young faces, boo over the Simon comments, revel in the wonderful and diverse performances and comments – whether they be professional, mushy, heartfelt or just fun! We love Idol. Let's bring Paula back as the 5th judge! 3 girls 2 guys, Simon outnumbered. It could work!!! She's worth some money, how much do you think they must have paid Ellen DeGe? Bring Paula back, Bring Paula back, Bring Paula Back!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Brooklyn

    Doesn't anyone out there think this was a well thought out marketing strategy – a way to bolster declining ratings? What better way to generate interest in the show?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  96. sfmom

    I never watch Idol, I would skim for a few seconds but only because Paula was on. Now that she is gone, I would never watch it.... Ellen I love, but I think she should stick to her day time show and she should have not agreed to be on Idol. She should have supported Paula in getting her fair share. I think it's ridiculous to think that all of those men on the show get way more money then Paula who is the only real talented star on the show. I think Ellen and every other woman should have showed solidarity and not taken the position so they would have had to beg Paula to come back. That's just me call me a feminist, but we women don't stick together like we should and that's why we never get equal treatment or pay and I think that's the bottom line here. Whatever Paula does she will succeed because she is genuine.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  97. K2TheX

    I liked the way she handled it. makes her more 'real'. Those three points are for phonies and cowards. Of whom I am one. Stick it to 'em, PA!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Carson - Austin Texas

    I tell you, it's tough to live on $3 million a year!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Mila

    $3m is plenty of money to sit, judge, and speak incoherenly. Good luck, Paula.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Chris

    "we" who? don't lump me in with these Idol nitwits

    September 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Zigman Bird

    Guarantee once the new season starts and we see Ellen in the hot seat we will all forget about Paula go with what's in front of us..It's the American way..Fickle

    September 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  102. SeeligP

    Meg said : " I do not like the new judge. I do not watch Ellen’s show now or in the past. I am very disappointed in the producers for picking someone who is so opening gay".

    By that reasning, Elton John is not qualified to be a celebrity judge.

    Sexual orientation is NOT more important than all other qualifications.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Muttley Macclad

    JackylinD and Ken in Alpharetta have it right. nyc has it right that the salaries were way lopsided – I don't blame her for what she did. Furthermore, I'd much rather see her than Degenerate. More importand is who rises to the top. I don't care if she's a pillhead or not. So is about 47% of America, me excluded.

    Last year was truly a bunch of untalented boobs. But, there's always hope. And perhaps Ellen is super charming on the show – who knows?

    Next contestant please!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Sonia

    It's funny how a lot of the comments are "who cares," why would anyone write this," "I fall asleep so easily....yaaawwnn," yet the same people who claim they don't care are the ones that are taking the time to read the article and comment on it. I for one don't watch the show. But I read the article simply b/c I needed a break from work and wanted to read something simple.

    Get off your high horses and stop pretending that you just "stumbled" upon this article.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Cindy In Texas

    I agree with the letter and wish I had written it. The show will not be the same without Paula. What does Ellen know about the music industry anyway? I have watched Idol from day one, but, putting Ellen on Idol has just cost the show two viewers, my spouse and me.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Judy

    The only time I had the misfortune of having to watch that horrible show was when I visited my sister at the hospital. If they are paying Ryan 15 million, giving Paula a raise from 3 million shouldn't be that much trouble for them. I look forward to the day when AI, Big Brother, the show about those stupid Kardashians, etc. are just a bad memory.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  107. AnnR

    Paula is worth more than $3 million. When Ellen tanks AI will be sorry it messed with their once successful show. For me, no Paula, no AI.
    I just can't see Simon doing the "little things" with Ellen that he did with Paula. Will Ellen try to kiss SImon like Paula did? EUUUWWWWW.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Chit Hernandez

    No Paula no American Idol for me.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Gwendolyn

    First of all, I tuned in many times just to see how wasted she was on that given week. Everything happens for a reason, and I can't wait to watch Ellen, now that's refreshing!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  110. SeeligP

    For those that think Paula is entitled to more, just because Ryan Seacrest got more, you have no idea how he real world works. Unless your whole department is working for minimum wage, when one person gets a raise, everyone in the department does not get the same percentage raise. There is no incentive for anyone to do a good job in that environment.

    Paula thought AI needed her as much as she neede AI. Her loopy behavior and minimal contribution made it impossible for the producers to justify a salary increase.

    While AI may not be the same without Paula, I'd wait and see the ratings before I would declare the show a dud.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Arggg

    Nobody knows what is really going on with Paula. Quit dissing her, already. It's stupid and immature.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Ronda

    Paula – This letter is spot on! Realign yourself with better people, please!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  113. LaLa

    Hey Meg, move into this century and stop being such a homophobe. Ignorance is bliss, but don't be dumb.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Amanda

    Paula was the reason I (and my friends) watched "Idol". During negotiations, risks are taken, and the biggest risk here was for Idol to let Paula go. I will be surprised if they last another 2 seasons. Paula -as we knew – with or without Idol will flourish.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  115. beverly

    Paula Abdul I will miss you on the show. It was most fun when you and Simon picked on each other. Although you are kook koo sometimes, i loved you as you were. everything is about money today, i'm lucky to have my ss check every month. we should all be thankful, however....why is it that men are always get paid more? and they do they some what same job. they should not put Ellen in this position. good grief, she is so self centered i won't be surprised to see her up on that stage or dancing in the isles. please, someone, kiss up, make up, and bring Paula Abdul back. it's not going to be the same. personally Cara is the one to have been let go. Seems like it was a plan in the making when she came on board, and did she hit the stage.....you betcha!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  116. dan

    i agree...but why should Paula only get 3 million when Ryan gets $15 and Simon gets over $44 million

    September 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jessica

    Since im not really an AI fan, or a Paula Abdul fan...perhaps I have no business saying anything at all.

    But since I am an Ellen fan, and it's quite possible i watch this season – only the 2nd FULL season I will have ever watched SOLEY to watch it because Ellen is on...well, the right move was ultimately made.

    Perhaps, Paula's best move was to leave AI because what little I did see of the show, and im mainly basing this on the season i watched with Jordin Sparks winning, Paula had a substance abuse problem.

    If that was not a substance abuse issue – then paula just has issues.
    Either way...it doesnt look good.

    Get yourself together and cleaned up, come back stronger than ever.
    I used to love your music paula..Straight up (get it?). Rush Rush baby...get yourself together, and save face the right way.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Brian

    Ellen should be replacing Simon, he is not impressive, always look bored, and as if to say 'why am I here' go find something else to do, I am tired of watching you. Go in peace!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  119. shiraz

    Anyone who saw "Hey Paula" knows that Paula is anything but sweet. She verbally abuses her employees and is impossible to control or advise. She was completely incoherent the entire run of the show. If everything didn't go her way including what shoes she was wearing she threw a bitch fit and blamed everyone but herself. Her rep as a nuturer on Idol is more than misleading, it is a lie. She's in complete denial regarding her obvious drug addiction and she needs to go the hell away and stay the hell away. The only reason people watch her is because she's a human trainwreck.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Tony Boling

    Perhaps most of you are forgettig what this show is about. It's about the talent. The judges do add a little entertainment, especially in the beginning, but it's the talent that should keep you around.

    If you're not watching AI because a judge you like isn't on anymore, perhaps you were never a real fan to begin with?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  121. EB

    Dear Paula, Lay off the pills. If your team hasn't told you this, fire them. Love, EB

    September 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Carol

    Lin, seriously? You watched AI for one of the judges and not the competitors? You might as well start watching C-SPAN. :-)

    September 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Sam

    I thought Paul died of an overdose????? Guess I was wrong.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Ken in Alpharetta

    I don't know why anyone cares at this point. American Idol has clearly jumped the shark.

    Let the downward spiral begin.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Angela

    I am very sad to see Paula leave, I will certainly miss you, unfortunately it wasn't Simon leaving, I will be happy to see him go, I do not watch the show at all, because of him, he is arrogant, insulting, and other adjectives too numerous to mention, I do not agree that if the individual is hopeless and have a long way to go, that you will pretend to like or praise them etc., but at least tell them they are not ready, and even to the extent that they have a long way to go, and some advice etc., but he is so obnoxious., it is pathetic, no encouragement for upcoming stars.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Randy

    Good-bye Idol, I will not watch it now. (Ellen)

    September 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Meg

    I dare to say I will watch American Idol like I did in the past. I do not like the new judge. I do not watch Ellen's show now or in the past. I am very disappointed in the producers for picking someone who is so opening gay.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Not a Paula Fan...

    ...but how could she work for far less than her male counterparts, notice there was nothing about how much of a pay bump Kara got....She really find a team that excels in negotiating

    September 16, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  129. cd

    it will come out that Paula was "scripted" for the last year and they figured they just couldn't get away with it again. Right, Jason Castro?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  130. LaLa

    I agree, Idol won't be the same without loopy, pill poppin Paula, it will be a hundred times BETTER! Her ramblings, confusion and lame attempts to amuse us had long since gotten old. Yes she's nice, sweet, talented, etc. and I have nothing against her, but IDOL was the best thing she had going and she blew it. Ellen has more wit, talent, and appeal in her pinky toe than Paula ever had! Here's one viewer who's excitement is renewed thanks to this change.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Michael

    I honestly could care less what Paula says or does! She was the least interesting, most repetitious and boring person on Idol and I'm extremely glad to see her go. She never had an original comment to make about the contestants. It seems like she felt her job was to just praise everybody and make them feel good about themselves and their performance, even when it was undeserved. She was too mushy and sweet and, unlike Kara, never gave any constructive creative advice, which I assume she was supposed to be doing. I want a judge like Kara, kind but honest, able to express in clear, non-ambiguous terms what she liked and didn't like about a particular performance, as well as offer constructive advice. I hope Ellen is an improvement, but only time will tell. I wish Simon could be nicer, also, like he is on the British shows. A little more tact would be in order, I think, Simon. These are real people with real feelings. Put yourself in their place!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Sam

    Well, well, another American Idol drama! If Paula feels she needs to move on that's her decision. I think I would get a little bored myself after this many years. BUT, to hire Ellen as her replacement – c'mon American Idol exec's get real – this is going to be a joke. Why not hire a former idol that has been thru it all – these kids that are auditioning are taking this serious. I have been a idol fan from day 1, even went to a Idol on tour concert and really respected the judges – then came Madame Know-It-All Kara, Tara whatever her name is and that was a joke. Now they are hiring a comedian, who has no music background, don't get me wrong, I think Ellen is great – but not as a judge. Let's not turn a great show into a joke – and we are really headed that way!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Debbie at Tahoe

    Paula – We'll miss you on Idol. Ellen–who cares?

    September 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Bob

    I have watched Idol since the first season.

    This next season, I will not be watching.

    I won't be watching not because Paula isn't on the show, but because Ellen is.

    September 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  135. lori

    Who are you to say how much $ Paula should get? She certainly should have been paid more than the host of the show or is there no difference between a JUDGE or HOST?
    AI will never be the same. Paula was a part of the success of the show and she should have been treated better. Have you also forgotten that women WILL be the last "minority" to recieve equal pay?
    Nothing against Ellen, however they could just pull people off the street to judge if the only qualification is that you LOVE music. I for one am done with the show!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Lila

    I like Ellen but no Paula, no American Idol for me.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Angela

    With all that is happening in this country why is it Hollywood takes front stage? How about who cares what Paula does and lets figure out how to get jobs to the 6 million who lost them in this country. Poor Paula 3 million was not enough. I am sure all the unemployed,uninsured,homeless, and hungry people of AMERICA fell bad for you and the rest of the ever overpaid Hollywood.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Bill

    Nonsense. Being significantly underpaid vs. the men on the show is reason enough. No statement from Paula was the right approach and professional. She is not a doormat.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Pat

    why did someone even write this letter? i understand why Paula left now!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Sean

    The show is getting weary-some and
    everybody knows it's fixed.

    If I decide to watch- I'll just click past everything but the performances. Most people do that already anyway.

    Ellen as Oprah is for sorry old female lemmings. They could have chose an individual that appealed to a wider viewer-ship instead of that clown.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Elizabeth Nelson

    Hi Paula, you are a beautiful person and very talented. But, you have been swept up into a team that has not helped you. I think that you could have stayed on American Idol if you had personally spoken up. But, since you left for bigger and better things, good luck. You are a beautiful, talented young woman who has lots of good things to offer us. Let me for one, say how much I enjoyed watching you on tv and good luck to you.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  142. just joe

    Dear Paula, I really cannot fathom why Sid Whateverhislastnameis has to drag up "old news" right now....guess he is under pressure to "write something....write anything". Anyway, I won't bore you with my "interpretation" of what happened on the Simon Cowell Show, because whatever happened did happen, so my comment will be brief""good luck to you in your future endeavors>"....and I won't mention DeGeneres right now either.....need some sense that she "understands" what she is in for........so I will pass on that one right now............Sid, if you were trying to find folks to help you stoke an argument (,maybe) or that you really enjoy writing nonsense, that's ok with me, too.........I fall asleep easily when bored.

    ,.....yawwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.......

    September 16, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  143. jagaholic

    Who cares, Idol is old news and needs to go away.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  144. John

    Well Sid Lipsey I must say that is the stupidest damn thing I have read all day... thank you for being the winner of my "FAILED" vote today.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Lin McKay

    Give Paula a break. American Idol will not be the same without her and I, for one, will move on to other programs. The powers that be let a great team of judges fall a-part and though I love Ellen, she is not what the show needs. Sorry, Ellen. Good-bye Idol.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Robert

    Two words....who cares.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  147. R

    Paula doesn't need this lame advice. And Idol with Ellen? Ye Gods! After all these years, for me, it's more free time come January.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Roberta

    "a star of your caliber"

    Is this a joke? She's a has-been and was one while on Idol. Her only success has been her role on this show. Everything else has bombed.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Donald

    I love Paula, but she made a dumb move, leaving the number one show it the country. I would fire her team, they have no clue what they did to Paula's future, I think they ruined it.
    Good luck Paula. You will never find a show again like American Idol.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Kelly A.

    I absolutely hole-heartedly agree with everything you have said here!! I couldnt have said it better myself!! I think Paula is a wonderful person and was the anchor that held together American Idol. She was always so gracious and heartfelt with her helpful comments to the kids on the show. She seemed like she really wanted to help them all. Paula, you will be missed terribly!!! Even though I do love Ellen as well....it just wont be the same!! Ive watched every episode since the beginning of it and havent missed even one show. Paula makes that show!! Simon is sometimes too brutally honest...Randy is nice as well...but he just isnt the same as Paula. Youll be forever missed Paula!! Good luck on your future endevours!!
    A devoted fan

    September 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Kay

    Exactly, need to find better PR, management, and so forth. Shoot you in the foot.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  152. BGTwinsPlusOne

    I couldn't have said it better myself! Paula, if you don't fire the people that surround you – - YOU'RE IN TROUBLE!!!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Linda in L.A.

    Anyone who is truly sweet and caring towards others and moderately intelligent, responsible etc does not need a (PR) team in the first place, because anything said / done will come from the heart. People who have others to answer for them and who have to plan their every word and move have already lost the plot.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Molly

    Who cares if Paula is gone? She could barely form a coherent sentence and she acted like a crack monkey most of the time. It was embarrassing for her and everyone associated with the show. I wish her well in her future career ventures, which will no doubt include the words "Would you like to Supersize that?"

    September 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  155. nyc

    I agree with your idea overall...the basic problem is...with Ryan getting signed for 15 million..how could Paula possibly work for 3....I mean when was the last time you heard...let's watch AI and see what Ryan is going to say tonight???

    September 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  156. vito corleone

    unbelievable that someone cares that much to spend even ten minutes of his life writing that piece of garbage..as a matter of fact I'm pissed I gave you one minute!

    September 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  157. JacklynD

    Stupid, immature letter by someone who is clearly not an insider.

    September 16, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

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