Apparently it wasn't about the money. It was just about the principle...of money. Or in her case, not getting enough of it:
In one of her first interviews since announcing her departure from, Paula Abdul reveals why she left her post on the judges’ panel — and wasn’t just about money.
“I had to stand on my principle,” Abdul, 47, tells TV Guide. “I’m going to miss the experience of watching young talent evolve into a place where they get to take off and soar.”
The former Idol judge, who calls the show an “amazing experience,” says her decision wasn’t solely about a paycheck dispute. “I stand on principle where many people stand on money,” she says. “I’m a hard-working artist. I’ve lasted in this business for 23 years. And you can’t do that unless you are good at what you do.”
This still seems like talking about whether Brett Favre will be back in March and April (and May, June and July, and part of August, too!). That is to say, I won't believe she's gone from Idol until an Idol episode airs without her.
Yeah, yeah, I know, she hasn't been judging any of the entrants so far this summer, but to me, that is as meaningful as concluding Brett Favre won't play because he wasn't in anybody's training camp the first couple of weeks.