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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Is Simon Trying to Ruin Paula's Career?

Lost in all the talk of Paula Goodspeed has been Paula Abdul’s accusation that Simon Cowell is trying to ruin her career.

Here are the ladies of “The View” discussing it after Barbara Walters’ Sirius XM radio interview with Paula that started all the hubbub to begin with (Note that at the 7:51 mark, they start talking about Jay Leno)…



In an interview with “Extra” on Wednesday, Simon Cowell responded to Paula’s comments about him whispering in her ear by saying, “Yeah, I do a little bit... I get bored so I whisper things and make things up during the auditions and the live shows... But she chooses to say it... I'm not responsible for everything she says.”

So there’s clearly one of two things going on here. Either Paula is ready to leave “Idol” and is hoping the producers will get tired of her running her mouth and let her go or she is trying to generate sympathy to help her in her contract negotiations. Maybe she thinks if she makes them feel guilty enough about the whole Goodspeed thing, they’ll give her what she wants.

And I’m willing to bet that what she wants includes permission to compete on the fall edition of “Dancing With the Stars”…

The truth is I believe Paula. I believe she told the producers not to let Goodspeed audition and they let her in anyway to make good TV. Because as arrogant as Nigel Lythgoe has been in recent interviews it is entirely believable.

But Simon trying to ruin her career? That’s going way too far. Simon has just found a person that he can have fun with and Paula’s gullible enough to fall for it. Period.

And what is up with all of that “phoenix from the flames” stuff? Give me a break…

Now it’s your turn. What do you guys think about all of this?...