Nigel Lythgoe on Paula Abdul Leaving American Idol, Plus Paula Turned Down a 30% Pay Raise

Nigel Lythgoe talks to Hollywood Outbreak on the set of the So You Think You Can Dance final performance show about Paula Abdul leaving American Idol.

He emphasizes that the talent that comes on the show each year is what makes Idol. He also believes it’s important that Paula be replaced with somebody like her–that it’s OK for somebody like Simon Cowell to tear the kids down as long as somebody builds them back up again.

Also, it’s being reported, that according to “inside sources” Paula “was being offered a 30 percent pay raise that amounted to an eight-figure deal, but that, apparently, wasn’t enough.” (read the whole article–Michael Slezak was on CBS news this morning–he thinks it was a negotiating ploy too).

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