August is turning into the cruelest month for [artist id="1397"]Paula Abdul[/artist]. Less than two weeks after splitting with "American Idol" over a pay dispute, Abdul has apparently lost out on a pair of gigs that might have paved the way for the next phase of her career. The Los Angeles Times has reported that talks between ABC and Abdul to have the famously loopy "Idol" judge guest-star on "Ugly Betty" fell apart recently. Abdul will no longer be playing a temp who befriends Becki Newton's Amanda at Mode magazine on the episode of the show slated to shoot this week.
Nor will Abdul be joining the cast of "Dancing With the Stars," also a rumored iron in the fire for the former Laker Girl and choreographer. Instead, season nine of the show will feature former NFL great Michael Irvin, actress Melissa Joan Hart, singers Macy Gray, Mya, Kelly Osbourne and Aaron Carter, MMA fighter Chuck Liddell, snowboarder Louis Vito, former Congressman Tom DeLay, "Entourage" actress Debi Mazar and others.
Just last week, ABC programming chief Stephen McPherson said he was stunned to hear that Abdul had left "Idol" and that he'd love to see her come to his network.
And days after Abdul's announcement about "Idol," Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice said that he didn't expect her to reconsider. Abdul said she wouldn't rule out joining the network's "So You Think You Can Dance" after the show's executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, publicly put an offer out to her; no word yet on what, if anything, will happen with that offer.
TMZ reported that despite the "Dancing With the Stars" deal falling through, Abdul is still reportedly speaking to ABC about developing her own show for the network, possibly a talent program in which she would take the Simon Cowell seat.
The site also suggested that Abdul might be willing to come back to "Idol" if the show would pony up something close to the $10 million she was demanding before walking away. According to TMZ, she didn't sign on for "Dancing" because she wanted to be able to drop everything if needed to return to her "Idol" perch should a deal be reached. A spokesperson for Abdul could not be reached for comment at press time.