*In the end, it came down to the contract.

Former “American Idol” judge and ABC were unable to reach an agreement on Abdul serving as a judge on an updated version of “Star Search.”

As previously reported, Abdul was in position to participate in the classic talent show once hosted by Ed McMahon. But the former Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader was reluctant to take a lower salary for “Search,” according to the Associated Press.

And ABC, in turn, was reluctant to dole out such large figures for launching an untested reality show into a marketplace crowded with successful talent competitions, AP reported.

Fox offered Abdul a hefty $5 million to continue on “Idol” last year, which she rejected.