ABC Trying to Recruit Paula Abdul

By Andrew Gauthier 

The New York Times

ABC is actively recruiting the suddenly unemployed Paula Abdul.

Stephen McPherson, the president of ABC Entertainment, told reporters here Saturday that he contacted Ms. Abdul immediately after he heard the news that contract talks with her hit Fox show “American Idol” had broken down and that she had decided to leave the show.


“I definitely have reached out to her,” Mr. McPherson said, “first and foremost to say I was sorry about the situation and also that we’d love to see her on ABC.” He said that he had a relationship with Ms. Abdul that went back many years to his early days in developing shows and that he had been “stunned by the decision” to allow her to leave television’s top-rated show. More…