Negotiating in the press is nothing new for TV stars seeking a raise. Now, “American Idol’s” Paula Abdul is putting a 2009 twist on contract talks: Negotiating by Twitter.
Abdul on Monday sent out the following tweet to her 33,000 followers on the microblogging service:
RT: @MediaPost: ‘Idol’ Judges May Leave Hit Show: http://tinyurl.com/c3xhnk. But like I’ve said, I love being part of Idol.
The link in Abdul’s tweet was to a brief news item on MediaPost.com about recent rumblings that Abdul and Simon Cowell may leave the show after next season. Those rumblings are widely believed by cynical media insiders to be the opening salvos in the two judges’ contract renegotiations.
Abdul’s tweet doesn’t actually lend any credence to the notion that she’s ready to leave “Idol.” In fact, taken on its face, it appears to downplay the idea. “I love being part of ‘Idol,’” she wrote.
Except Abdul also included a link to a news story noting how she and Simon might leave. And her comment didn’t deny the story was true; it just offered up a passive-aggressive note about how much she loves being on the No. 1 TV show in America, where she’s paid millions to utter a few sentences of sunny encouragement to contestants each week.
OK, she also choreographed a dance number last week.