Page Six has procured an audio tape of a conference call that stars a crying Paula Abdul talking to a group of publicists, trashing her former publicist, Howard Bragman and having a meltdown over how she feels she is being treated. Here are some excerpts from the transcript:
I’ve never been treated this way and I’ve never seen anybody treated this way. This is just too much to stomach. I’ve been going through tremendous amounts of a difficult time…I do a call-in every week for OK! Magazine on ‘American Idol.’ Because of my brilliant job, they want to do a cover on me. I’m being told by Howard Bragman that I’m too old and no one will ever want to do a cover..I’m being tested. All I’ve ever wanted in my life is to be treated fairly and be treated with kindness. And I’ve never in my entire career been treated this way…Howard Bragman on Monday – he did some disgusting behavior. I had to go to Jimmy Kimmel with no publicist there. I go on with no publicist there and I pay this man…I don’t understand how this man can call me a whining bitch. I’ve never in my life been called a whining bitch and a loser.”
Wow, that’s some pretty tough words from a woman whose career highlights include singing with a homeless cartoon cat and dancing at halftime. Truth is, Paula Abdul is a drunk mess who is also reportedly addicted painkillers because of her chronic back pain. If American Idol didn’t exist, she’d be showing off her fresh dance moves to the middle-aged chicks in her class at the YMCA.