Now for your Grrrs.
Jim D. in Cyberspace on Paula's Gotta Go: All you can say is that Paula Abdul (search) has to go? Who cares that she gave him some advice? So what? He still needed to have talent to move on. This kid is such a loser that I hate to give him even a minute of fame, let alone 15 minutes of fame. I would never in a million years buy or even listen to anything this punk puts out. Hopefully the producers at "AI" will just move on and act as if nothing ever happened. Would anyone care? I doubt it.
Toini H. from Cyberspace writes: You are so right about Paula. I read your previous column defending her and I felt the same way until I actually heard Corey Clark's side of the story on "Primetime Live." I think he made a totally convincing argument and I think it's really awful the other "AI" kids didn't get a fair shot. Could you imagine if this were Simon who had an affair with one of the girls? Or Randy Jackson (search)? There would be a lot more of an outcry then there is with Paula.
Janice S. in New Jersey: So now you're Grrring Paula Abdul after you spent most of Tuesday's column (Lay Off Paula Abdul) Grrring her accuser and the media? Here's a tip — why don't you listen to the whole story before you start taking sides? It looks a bit embarrassing to have done such a huge flip-flop.
Vicki in Ohio: Yes, we all make mistakes ... but don't we all deserve a second chance?
Alicia in San Antonio, Texas: I am disappointed that you would let such an obvious cry for attention affect your decision about Paula Abdul. It's obvious that this man has an agenda. The only reason he is doing this is to promote his CD. Now not only have you changed your mind, but you've used your popular column to possibly affect other people's opinions. I'm sure Mr. Clark is pleased with his free advertising.
Jajoanie in Cyberspace: No matter what really happened, that Corey Clark (search) is one slimy guy. I personally will never spend a penny to benefit him if indeed he releases books and albums. This is the most outrageous case of revenge by a spurned lover ever! Of course I realize money was also a motive. What goes around comes around, Corey, and you will pay for this.
Bud R. in Cyberspace says: Read your article, Mike, and we should hear Paula's side of the story before we cast the first stone! After all is said and done, everyone needs to leave Paula, who by the way is a great entertainer, alone!
John W. in Cyberspace writes: Ms. Abdul, we hope Corey's record and book sales match his character: very, very low. Please continue to do what you've been doing. We know your history, and we admire you for all your accomplishments. And we've seen other contestants' comments on how staffers have assisted in song and clothes selection as well as attitudes. Stay strong. This program needs you and its supporters demand YOU.
Marc V. in California: I appreciate the manner in which you have covered the Abdul-Clark situation. You were compassionate and reasonable to Ms. Abdul, all the while sensible in your purporting that she must resign if Mr. Clark's allegations prove true. You were not quick to dump on Ms. Abdul and yet wise enough to realize that she simply cannot remain on the program in light of the information that has surfaced, if it indeed holds up.
Hedi G. in Wyoming: The whole uproar about whether or not Paula and Corey had an affair is ridiculous. If they DID have a relationship, so what? It's a TV show. If they DIDN'T have a relationship, so what? It's still a TV show.
Susan B. in cyberspace on Conference Calls/Webinars: Hee hee — it's been great reading your column while sitting here with my speaker phone blasting a conference call!!!
Donna in Indianapolis says: Thank you for finally addressing conference call Oblivions. However, you forgot one annoying habit: "sidebar" conversations. In my office, several people will gather around a speaker phone in a conference room, and call a similar conference room in another city. Both groups try to talk to each other, and yes, we have a lot of trouble hearing each other. It never fails ... a few people in one of the rooms will start talking to each other "privately." GRRR! Either talk to the whole group or don't talk at all. In a "normal" face-to-face meeting, such behavior would be considered horribly rude.
Betty M. in South Carolina on Runaway Bride: She also, "from what I gather", still lives in a free country and can come and go as she pleases. If she chose to run away the morning of her wedding, what fault is it of hers if she garnered national attention? Most people who are missing don't get that kind of attention — if they did they'd probably be found a lot sooner. So as far as charging her with $100,000, it isn't her bill. If this country says you can't leave and go where you want without informing others, then where is the freedom in that? The only thing she should rightly be charged with is lying to the police.
Paulette W. in Cyberspace says: Anyone needing 14 bridesmaids and 14 groomsmen and 600 guests at their wedding is totally self-centered. Sounds like a circus to me.
CM in Cyberspace writes: I think that Jennifer Wilbanks did premeditate her escape and I think she did it for publicity and money. Now that she has obtained all the publicity, she can now bank off of it with book or movie rights. I think that she should have to pay a penalty and maybe even jail time so that the movie will show the consequences when you lie. If Martha Stewart had to spend time in jail for lying, then so should Jennifer Wilbanks.
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