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Idol Judge Abdul Wants Return Engagement

Nutty judge insists she's not being pushed off the stage

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    If contract negotiations go her way, Paula Abdul might be back for season 9 of "American Idol."

    Paula Abdul, the most charitable and least coherent of the "American Idol" judges, says the show's not throwing her out.

    "I've been invited to stay the duration of the show, however long it lasts," Abdul told The Associated Press. Her contract expired after the eighth season wrapped up in May and speculation swirled that her Idol days were done. Her comments about her job status only fueled more quitting rumors.

    The former Lakers girl told David Letterman she wasn't sure if she would return for another season when she appeared on the "Late Show" in early June.

    "It's called, I'm negotiating," she said. "I love my job, I do. I feel that I've had a really wonderful journey with the show."

    But the addition of a fourth judge to American Idol, Kara DioGuardi, sparked chatter that Abdul was out and DioGuardi was brought in to take her place.

    Adbul says she's optimistic about negotiating a new contract with the Fox show, but she indicated Monday that whether she accepts Fox's offer is subject to the details of her new contract.

    Two weeks ago details emerged about Simon Cowell's mammoth salary, which makes Abdul's pay look like minimum wage.

    The New York Post reported that Fox and 19 Entertainment were going to bump his $36 million salary to as much as $140 million. A 2008 MSNBC report put Abdul's salary between $5 million and $8 million a season.

    A source who worked with Abdul told MSNBC that Abdul had "a lot of concerns with feeling appreciated." She said, "first, they bring in another judge (Kara DioGuardi) and now it’s ridiculously obvious that she’s getting pennies compared to Simon."