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No ‘Betty’ for Paula? Talks with ABC collapse

August 16, 2009 |  2:28 pm

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Two steps forward, two steps back: Turns out a role on "Ugly Betty" is not in Paula Abdul's future.

ABC confirmed exclusively to Showtracker on Sunday that talks between Abdul and the network have fallen apart and she will not be guest-starring on "Ugly Betty," as had been rumored.

The former "Idol" judge had been in talks to play a temp who befriends Becki Newton's Amanda at Mode magazine. The episode had been scheduled to shoot in the coming week. That story leaked to the press early last week -- much like Abdul's "American Idol" negotiations -- and it now seems that she may not be working with ABC at all.

TMZ reported that part of the reason might be because Abdul is holding out on an offer to return to "American Idol" and that Abdul is also not likely to be among ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" contestants.

That lineup will be announced on the network's "Good Morning America" on Monday.

-- Denise Martin

Photo credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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