Paula Abdul Might Not Return To ‘American Idol,’ Manager Says

Judge's rep says he has not received an offer to renew her contract.

In a June appearance on “Late Show With David Letterman,” [url id="/news/topic/american_idol/index.jhtml"]“American Idol”[/url] judge [artist id="1397"]Paula Abdul[/artist] said she was unsure whether she’d return to “Idol” now that her contract was up , but ultimately joked that such statements were simply a business strategy.

“It’s called ‘negotiating,’ ” she told the late-night host.

So what is it called when your manager tells a news outlet that you may not return to the talent competition? That’s what Abdul’s manager, David Sonenberg, did when he spoke with the Los Angeles Times Idol Tracker blog.

“Very sadly, it does not appear that she’s going to be back on ‘Idol,’ ” he said, revealing that he doesn’t have an offer from FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, the show’s production companies.

“I find it, under these circumstances, particularly unusual; I think unnecessarily hurtful,” Sonenberg continued. “I find it kind of unconscionable and certainly rude and disrespectful that they haven’t stepped up and said what they want to do.”

Sonenberg has only been managing Abdul since the end of June. He told Idol Tracker that he has “reached out to the head of business affairs at 19″ and informed Fox that “Paula would love to be on the show.” He said Fox informed him that he would soon hear from them, but that he has “not received any proposal whatsoever.”

Last week it was announced that “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest had signed a three-year, $45 million deal to return to the show. Judge Simon Cowell’s contract expires next year, and early reports have suggested he might be offered upwards of $144 million to continue on the show. Newest judge Kara DioGuardi signed a one-year contract for her inaugural season in 2009, but has not yet completed a deal to return.

“Everyone’s going to be back,” Cowell claimed recently. “Absolutely.”

And shortly after signing his contract, Seacrest seconded that assessment. “Lots of conversations going on behind the scenes but I fully expect you will see the whole team next year,” he wrote on his Twitter account.

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