Abdul’s ‘Ugly’ Demands Lose Her Another Job?

by | August 24, 2009 at 10:32 AM | American Idol, TV News

Kristen Johnston Replaces Paula Abdul on 'Ugly Betty' (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Kristen Johnston Replaces Paula Abdul on

Hey Paula! Welcome to reality.

’3rd Rock from the Sun’ actress Kristen Johnston has scooped up the role on ABC’s ‘Ugly Betty‘ that Paula Abdul had been in talks to take on.

Abdul’s deal fell apart last week due to, according to EW’s Michael Ausiello, “the ex-’Idol’ judge’s insane list of demands.” Like what? A private jet, for one.

Looks like Paula may not be as idolized as she thought.

Her manager, who claims everyone is dying to work with Paula, denies that his client is renegotiating a return to ‘American Idol‘: “There have been no discussions whatsoever about ‘Idol.’”

At least one ‘Betty’ costar is pleased with the replacement. Michael Urie, half of the hilarious duo that is Marc and Amanda, tweeted Monday: ‘Shooting today with Kristen Johnston! Love her.’

For her part (which has now expanded to a recurring role), Johnston joked, “I’ve always considered myself a poor man’s Paula Abdul.”

Look for Kristen Johnston on ‘Ugly Betty’ beginning with the two-hour season premiere on Oct. 9th on ABC.