Paula Abdul: Was She Fired From Bratz or Did She Turn it Down?

American Idol judge Paula Abdul has denied reports she was fired from the Bratz movie, insisting she turned the role down. The Straight Up singer has blasted rumors she was dropped from the project by movie bosses, but blames her busy schedule for parting ways with the production. In a statement released to USMagazine.com, her representative says, “She was not only taping American Idol three days at week, she was also filming her Bravo reality series Hey Paula! five days a week as well. In addition, she was in the process of not only expanding her successful QVC jewelry line but also coming up with the first scent in her new perfume line Sexy Thoughts. “Something had to give and ultimately that was Bratz.” A viral video going around the internet justifies this story. “We really wanted to work with her,” said 19-year-old actress Janel Parrish, who plays Jade in the tween-empowerment flick. “We wanted to get her in the project, but there was a scheduling thing. But that would have been so great to work with her.” At a recent event for the film, Lionsgate representatives also said scheduling issues prevented Abdul’s involvement. In opposition is a contradicting clip from Bravo’s “Hey Paula,” where the R&B singer tells a very different story. “Just before heading to bed, I decided to check my e-mail, and I discover an e-mail about the ‘Bratz’ movie I’ve been working so hard on,” she explains in a voiceover, as we watch the moment unfold. “Now, all of a sudden, I’m infuriated. … After all of these long months of hard work, I’m getting an e-mail that basically says they really don’t need me.” With her mouth hanging open in shock, the video shows Abdul collapsing into a chair and tearfully bawling, “Where is God when you need Him? Because this does not make any sense!”

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