She may have said farewell to her longtime spot on “American Idol,” but could Paula Abdul soon land on another reality show?
Former “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe said he will be asking Paula to take a seat at the judge’s table on his current reality venture – “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“I’ll ask her to come on the show… possibly as a performer and as a dancer,” Nigel revealed to Access Hollywood on Wednesday.
But as to whether he thinks Paula will accept his offer, the reality mogul admitted, “she knows more than any of us.”
Paula broke the news of her “Idol” departure on Tuesday night, announcing the decision on her Twitter page.
“With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #Idol,” she posted on her Twitter page. “I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent,but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day1become an international phenomenon.”
Following the news, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest said he was “shocked” and “saddened” by the announcement – a sentiment shared by Nigel, who tapped Paula as a judge when the show launched in 2002.
“I’m sad. It’s sort of an end of an era for me,” Nigel told Access. “Obviously money had something to do with it.”
And quite possibly, a lot of money.
Paula was believed to be making around $2 million per year. The New York Times is reporting producers offered her a 30 percent salary increase in a deal worth more than $10 million.
However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paula was seeking a $20 million per year contract.
By comparison, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest recently inked a three-year deal worth $45 million, while fellow judge Simon Cowell – who has one year left on his “Idol” contract – reportedly makes $36 million per year on the hit FOX show.
Randy Jackson is attached to the show through 2011.
The newest member of the “Idol” judging panel – and now the lone female member — Kara DioGuardi recently re-signed with the show and will return next season. No details on her contract were available.
However, Nigel admitted that despite the statements from Paula and FOX, he wasn’t ready to rule out a return to “Idol.”
“I think there’s always a chance that we’ll get her back on ‘Idol,’” he added.
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