Tonight’s entire ABC Nightline was devoted to Cynthia McFadden’s interview with Paula Abdul. If you’ve read the online articles from the past couple of days, you caught the gist of the interview.
Paula feels she’s been treated unfairly by Idol producers, and that her reputation as a loopy drunk started with Simon Cowell’s on-air teasing. She resents him for not sticking up for her while her reputation went through the wringer.
Creative editing is how Paula explains clips from her Bravo reality series that show her to be clearly strung out and unstable. She also blames lack of sleep and the fact that she’s been in constant pain due to an old neck injury and a series of other health problems.
She vehemently denies ever being on any narcotic drugs for pain.
Paula’s Idol contract is up at the end of this season and she has yet to finish negotiations for a new one. She’s coy when asked about whether she wants to or is coming back next year or not.
Self-absorbed and needy, with a huge persecution complex is my armchair analysis of Paula Abdul. And as far as coming back next year…this interview is probably just a publicity ploy to put a fire under the producers. I’ll bet my hat Paula wants to come back. But she knows what Simon makes, and probably wants a big fat raise.
Watch the wide ranging interview, in 3 parts, after the jump…
Paula Part 1
Paula Part 2
Paula Part 3