Don’t expect to see Paula Abdul holding a giant diamond anytime soon. On Thursday night, the singer revealed she turned down an offer to join The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
“I’ve been humbled,” the OG American Idol judge told Entertainment Tonight from the red carpet of the Vanderpump Dogs gala, which just so happened to be organized by former RHOBH star Lisa Vanderpump. “I got a kick out of it that I was ever even asked. However, I like to be the one on the couch with the popcorn, watching with my dogs.”
Of course, Abdul has plenty of history on reality TV, between her stint in between Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson for eight seasons on the original American Idol panel and also Hey Paula, an early Bravo series following her life that ran for a single season of just seven episodes in 2007.
Since then, the “Straight Up” pop star has also served as a judge on the first season of The X Factor, seasons 12 and 13 of So You Think You Can Dance, and on The Masked Dancer, among one-off appearances on RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dancing With the Stars, Lip Sync Battle and more.
“I feel like I’ve been on reality television for a long, long time,” she reminisced. “Being part of history, making shows and being able to be a mentor, it’s been joyful.”
Earlier this spring, Abdul took a trip down Idol‘s memory lane with Jennifer Hudson, stopping by the alum-turned-EGOT winner’s daytime talk show to reflect on her shocking and controversial elimination in season 3.
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Abdul dominated the Billboard Hot 100, scoring six No. 1s on the chart among 15 overall appearances.