Hey Paula (TV series)

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Hey Paula
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Genre Reality
Directed by Jason Sands
Starring Paula Abdul
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Executive producer(s) Paula Abdul
Cori Abraham
Frances Berwick
Amy Introcaso-Davis
David Russo
Scott Sternberg
Producer(s) Ken Abraham
Jill Synder
Editor(s) Joshua Altman
Michael Griffin
Chase Peel
Andrea Tucker
Mike Verna
Running time 24 minutes
Original network Bravo
Original release June 28 – July 27, 2007 (2007-07-27)

Hey Paula is an American reality television series starring and co-produced by American television personality Paula Abdul that aired from June 28 to July 27, 2007, on the Bravo network. The series was also broadcast in Britain on the ITV2 channel and Arena 105 in Australia.


The program showed the private life of Paula Abdul as she promotes an upcoming season of the Fox series American Idol while simultaneously developing the Bratz movie as well as a new fragrance line. It also featured Abdul preparing for and making a variety of public and/or television appearances.

Abdul's persona on Hey Paula was considerably less genial than that of her established reputation as "the nice one" on American Idol.[1][2] Abdul's behavior on the show, particularly toward her staff, was revealed to be less than exemplary.[3] She frequently dissolved into tears and childish tantrums over seemingly inconsequential occurrences, and was even caught on camera privately bemoaning being "...tired of people not treating me like the gift that I am."

Ratings and reception[edit]

In spite of the tremendous success of American Idol, the ratings for Hey Paula were reportedly low.[4]

The show was generally panned by critics, even those who identified themselves as fans of Abdul's previous work. The show was fodder for comedians, especially Kathy Griffin, who mocked Abdul's behavior in her stand-up act.


Abdul criticized the way the program's segments were edited. She explained, "That was hard for me to watch. Disturbing. They’d put a camera on me when I got wind that my dog was in a coma, and they’d make it (seem) like it was about hair and makeup."

During the filming of the series, Abdul was fired from the Bratz movie.[citation needed] Though her reaction to this was captured on camera, Abdul and her handlers subsequently denied the veracity of the segment, attributing Abdul's highly emotional on-camera break-down to "creative editing."[5]

Abdul ultimately announced that she would not be willing to participate in another similar reality series.


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