Paula Abdul quit her role on American Idol because she felt the network was treating her like a â€œsecond-classâ€ citizen, it has been claimed.
The 47-year-old was left furious after learning she was being offered only half of the salary of show host Ryan Seacrest.
â€œPaula lost it,â€ an insider dished to American tabloid the National Enquirer. â€œIt really seemed like progress was being made in negotiations to bring Paula back â€” and then all hell broke loose.
â€œShe was furious and felt she was being disrespected by what she thought of as a ridiculous lowball offer. It pushed her over the edge.
â€œShe felt she was being treated as a second-class citizen, she quit communicating with network executives and halted the negotiations.â€
â€œPaula really believes she IS Idol,â€ the insider added. â€œUnless she is prepared to make a big eleventh-hour apology, her tantrum has cost her one of the biggest jobs in showbiz.
â€œShe thought FOX would come running back. The truth is that she is incredibly unhappy right now. She knows she might have made the biggest mistake of her career.
â€œWhat really got to Paula was Ryanâ€™s deal. She came onto the show with the big reputation and Ryan was a newcomer. Now, even though sheâ€™s been such a big part of Idolâ€™s success, she feels like Ryan is much more valued than she is.
â€œShe demanded $20 million per year, but would have settled for $10 million. The network offered her about $7.5 million.
â€œPaula was beyond livid over the contract negotiations. She believed she had to quit because it was a matter of pride and dignity.â€