Paula Abdul is threatening to quit her job as a judge on American Idol, reports TMZ.
“Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on Idol,” her manager, David Sonnenberg, told the L.A. Times.
Auditions for the show’s ninth season begin August 6, but Abdul has not yet heard from the show regarding her contract.
“I find it under these circumstances particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful,” continued Sonnenberg, who has managed Abdul since the end of June. “I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”
Last year, Abdul earned $2.5 million from the show. Host Ryan Seacrest recently signed a contract giving him $15 million per year for the next three years, while fellow judge Randy Jackson has signed on to the show until 2011. Simon Cowell’s contract expires next year, and he has reportedly scoffed at figured nearing $144 million.
In an attempt to step away from the Idol scene, Abdul did a reality show with Bravo in 2007 titled Hey Paula. The series only lasted seven episodes.
“She’s not a happy camper as a result of what’s going on,” said Sonnenberg. “She’s hurt. She’s angry. I think at this point we’re going to be considering everything, including some kind of a competition show. She has tremendous ideas for a whole variety of shows.”