TCA: Peter Rice Weighs In On 'Idol' Post Paula
Fox Entertainment Chairman says Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham will serve as guest judges
By Stephanie Robbins -- Broadcasting & Cable, 8/6/2009 1:26:41 PM EDT
Fox Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice immediately addressed Paula Abdul's departure from American Idol and confirmed that Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham will be guest judges on the show, during the executive Q&A at Fox's portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour Aug. 6
"Everyone is aware Paula will not be returning to Idol and it's something that's been very saddening to us," Rice said.
Abdul was the only member of Idol whose contract was up this year. Rice says he wanted her to renew her contract, and he believed she got a fair offer, which included a substantial raise.
With the news occurring only 36 hours ago, Rice said he didn't have any major announcements to make about the show, but did reveal that Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham are confirmed to be guest judges on the upcoming season.
"It's been 24 hours [since] getting these dates done," Rice said. "Katy's dates are still being worked out. There's a lot of logistics in that."
Rice said the intention is to have guest judges at each one of the auditions. Other guest judges have committed, but are not yet confirmed.
"The current focus for Idol is the audition process taking place," Rice said.
"The live show starts in January and in the meantime we'll come up with solution and replacement for Paula," he said.http://www.broadcastingcable.com/art...Post_Paula.php