I agree dags; it's not fair. I can't tell you how many comments I've seen on other sites berating Paula for walking away from the show when the economy is in the gutter (but "bouncing back!") and people are losing their homes. I don't understand that. One thing has very little to do with another.I can totally understand her anger. Ryan just negotiated for 15 million a year and they want to only pay her @$3 mil? It doesn't seem fair at all.
I think it's disgusting that any of them are paid what they are for the work that they do. But that isn't the point. The industry standard is what the industry standard is, and I do not see the logic in saying someone should sit down and be taken advantage of, and accept significantly unequal pay for equal work just because there are people on the street. If Paula is secure enough in her finances and her future to walk away from this deal, then I will high five her for it.
If she goes around whining in the future talking about she's broke or whatever I won't feel sorry for her, no, but I'm not going to criticize her for recognizing a shoddy deal as a shoddy deal and walking away from the table.
Nigel Lythgoe has said he's still interested in poaching her for SYTYCD guest spots. That would keep up her visibility, and be more of a natural fit for her. Although I don't know if the world can take a Mary Murphy-Paula Abdul tornado. I can't take Mary Murphy by herself.