As you probably know by now Paula Abdul quit American Idol last night and told the world via Twitter. Ryan Seacrest says Paula is a dear friend but he only found out the same way all of us did. I blame her manager. Paula recently switched managers and apparently this guy convinced her she was worth way more than $3M a year and she should play hard ball and then the producers would back down. It appears that strategy didn't pay off and I think Paula will never earn $3M a year again hosting a show. Even if someone does pay her that much there is no way it will give her the exposure that American Idol has given her. It is hard to fathom what her manager said to convince her that walking away from American Idol would do to improve her career. Her attempts at doing things in addition to Idol have not ever worked. Whether it was her own reality show or her new album, things have not worked. It didn't really matter though because there she was each week seen by millions of people and making a very decent living not doing much of anything.
The exposure also allowed her to get endorsements and appearance fees which will be dramatically reduced now and her fee will be much lower also. Judging by the comments all over the internet, she will be missed on the show. The thing is people are missing her now but will they actually follow through on their promises to not watch the show without her on it? I doubt it.
I think Paula should swallow some pride and go back in and ask for the same amount of money or a little raise and then say something to the effect that she couldn't disappoint all her fans. Then she should fire her manager.