Exclusive: Paula Abdul Confirms Vegas Show In The Works; Talks Simon Cowell’s Phone Call To Her Mom
First Published: August 31, 2009 8:58 PM EDT Credit: Access Hollywood
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Paula Abdul is heading to Las Vegas for her own show.
At a Sunday night soiree in Los Angeles to celebrate Lifetime’s primetime hit “Drop Dead Diva,” which Paula guest stars on in episodes airing September 13 and October 11, the former “American Idol” judge confirmed the rumors she is about to get her own show in Sin City.
“That will be more… really announced later, when everything’s worked [out],” a glowing Paula told AccessHollywood’s Shaun Robinson. “It’s going to happen, but the details have yet to be ironed out.”
Paula also confirmed that her former “Idol” executive producer-turned-“So You Think You Can Dance” judge, Nigel Lythgoe, has invited her over to his show, in what appears to be a guest judge role.
“Nigel has offered… I don’t know yet,” Paula explained of her reaction to the idea. “I’m a big fan of the show. It’s fantastic, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I maybe came in and guest judged, but I don’t know the details of any of that.”
The triple-threat also broke news that her role as “Judge Paula Abdul” on “Drop Dead Diva” has gone from guest spot to recurring role.
“I’ve never had more fun,” Paula told Shaun of the part, which sees her playing a bedazzled courtroom judge, who gives the show’s heroine, Jane, played by former AccessHollywood.com Rising Star Brooke Elliott, advice during dream-like sequences.
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, Paula will also take the stage on September 17 to host VH1’s Divas, which features performances from former “Idols” Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks, and former “Idol” contestant and Oscar-winner, Jennifer Hudson.
“It’s beyond satisfying,” Paula said of how things are coming together post-“Idol.” “Everything feels just warm and it feels great and like I’m doing the right thing.”
But while she’s moved on from the FOX reality show, Paula told Shaun she has kept in touch with her former “Idol” family.
“I’ve heard from everyone and I love them all,” she said. “I wish them absolutely best. And we check in on each other and see how everything is going. It’s been great.”
Simon Cowell, in fact, offered her extra kind words.
“’Love you,’” Paula said when Shaun asked what he last said to her. “I said, ‘Love you back.’”
Simon also reached out to Paula’s mother, who was recently hospitalized.
“My mom, God bless her, she’s been in the hospital with pneumonia and Simon surprised her and called her,” Paula said of her mom, who is due to get out of the hospital today.
But Paula did give her mom advice for taking the Brit’s call.
“I said, ‘Here are the ground rules: You can’t chat for more than a minute.’ And she goes, ‘I’m fine!’” Paula laughed. “She’s a tough lady, you know. The Abduls are survivors.”
For more of our Paula Abdul exclusive, tune in to Access Hollywood on Tuesday, September 1.
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