Well, after listening to Abdul's shocking recent interview with Barbara Walters, I'm beginning to think the answer to that question is YES. In this tragic case, it seems the show's powers-that-be not only exploited Paula Goodspeed, but that they exploited the not-exactly-100-percent-mentally-stable Paula Abdul as well.
Why would they put their star center judge in possible danger like this? Because, according to Abdul, "This was something that would make good television."
Abdul told Walters that Goodspeed had written her "disturbing letters" for nearly 18 years, and that she'd even taken out a restraining order against Goodpseed in the past--but Goodspeed was nevertheless brought on the show "for entertainment value."
Abdul also claimed Fox made her home address public...which might explain how and why Goodspeed was in Abdul's neighborhood at the time of her death.
Wow. Is it any wonder Paula does wacky stuff (like critique Jason Castro songs that were never performed, or appear drunk during live TV interviews, or clap like a seal) when she has to work under such stressful conditions?
- Paula Abdul
- Barbara Walters