After weeks of negotiation, Abdul announced she was leaving her TV home of the last eight years. Abdul reportedly wanted a significant salary bump, to make money similar to that of her fellow judge Simon Cowell and host Ryan Seacrest, who both just negotiated huge new contracts. Abdul ultimately turned down Fox's offer (reportedly north of $5 million a year for three years). Far be it from us to question your motives, Paula, but how else are you going to make that kind of money this year? In other "Idol" news, former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham will guest judge an episode this season. Bet you shes not bucking for more money now.
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