Fox still isn't talking beyond its statement, but people familiar with the situation insist that the network very much wanted Abdul to stay.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Abdul had been making between $2 million and $4 million per year.
That's what we know right now.
-- The backlash.
Vinciquerra is the ultimate no-B.S. executive.
But Vinciquerra also had to look at Fox's overall bottom line.
Ratings for "Idol" are already down, and the ad market -- while not as bad as some feared -- is still not great.
Acting out of fear over what might happen if Abdul left is no way to run a network (although that's exactly how many networks operate).
-- The counterspin.
-- The rivals.
How much would ABC love to announce new "Dancing With the Stars" judge Paula Abdul?
Or, it could just be that Abdul just pulled a McClean Stevenson.
-- The wildcard scenario:
-- Bottom line, this is a sad day for TV fans.
Losing Kara DioGuardi (above )-- or even my dawg
Sure, you can argue that Abdul's antics had become stale.
Even though I think her musical commentary was the sharpest it's ever been last season, her banter with Simon had become pretty dang predictable, a waste of time better spent on, say, longer musical performances.
Or more plugs for Coke.
Sometimes family members who might seem annoying or maddening can turn out to be sorely missed when they're gone.
My Uncle Freddy often made holiday dinners tense with his drama, but now that he's gone-- he died before he turned 60-- I'd give anything to have him back at the table.
Fox may have good reason to let Abdul walk away.
"Idol"-- which was going to lose more viewers next year no matter what-- will remain a very popular show for several more years.
But anyone who tells you this isn't a bummer of an event for American pop culture is just blowing kisses in the wind.
Hotel Bel-Air to Close for Major Renovation
Famed Hollywood hideaway will shutter for almost two years.
By Sharon Waxman
Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts are not the only ones likely to be upset at the news that one of Hollywood’s most iconic and beloved hideaways will disappear, at least temporarily, with the closure of the Hotel Bel-Air at the end of September.
The announcement was made unexpectedly to the hotel’s staff on Friday, who were informed that they would be laid off as of September 30.
Guests are being informed with a letter as they check in.
Due to the scope of a “major refurbishment,” said the letter, “the decision has been made to close the hotel on September 30, 2009 so we do not inconvenience any of our guests while the renovation is taking place.”
The letter said the hotel, which is owned by the Sultan of Brunei ( above,
A spokeswoman for the hotel did not return a message from TheWrap seeking comment.
The historic hotel – which is not officially classified as a landmark – is an icon of Hollywood and Los Angeles history,
Elizabeth Taylor(above) honeymooned here with her first husband,
and the story goes that Lauren Bacall(above ) flooded the hotel during the Academy Awards.
And in an industry famed for stalkers and paparazzi, the hotel is known for its discretion.
A-list stars are known to take up residence there, but there are probably lots of others in the entertainment industry who will be equally disappointed.
“It’s so sad to me,” said Sherry Lansing( below ), the former CEO of Paramount Pictures, who like many Hollywood power players lives nearby.
Extensive additions were made in 1982 when Rosewood Hotels and Resorts bought the hotel for $23 million.
The Rosewood sold the hotel for more than $110 million a decade later.
The Brunei Investment Agency, which also owns the Beverly Hills Hotel and redid that property, conducted a $20 million renovation of the Bel-Air in 2003, according to the hotel’s promotional materials.
According to AP spokesman Paul Colford, these worries are more than a year old, stemming from the company's partnership with iCopyright, which dates back to April 2008, not this April, as the Mashable blog reported.
The latest claims that the AP plans to charge for use of its content seem to have sprung up in light of the news collective's announcement late last month that it is launching a registry to tag and track its content so that it won't be plagiarized or misused.
"As the AP stated more than a year ago, the form is not aimed at bloggers," the company said of the iCopyright deal.
I would love to have the ability to instantly, automatically, perhaps telepathically, let someone know I am thinking about them in a positive way. (no response required.)
The SI swimsuit model transforms from impossibly lovely to inaccessibly exquisite as we write part of a Stephen King story on her naked body — and offers some tricks for looking sexy in photos along the way.