Paula Abdul is secretly planning to launch her own daytime talk show — even if her bosses at American Idol meet her hefty salary demands for the hit show’s ninth season.

The 46-year-old entertainer has been in talks with CBS/Paramount Network Television about developing the show — and sources say it could make its debut as early as next year.

“Paula’s been dreaming about having her own talk show for three years, and she’s ready to make it a reality,” a source close to the star told The ENQUIRER.

Paula envisions the new show focusing on issues that affect average people — plus an occasional celebrity guest, says the source.

As The ENQUIRER exclusively reported last week, Paula is renegotiating her current contract with “AI” execs and is asking to double her salary.

She will earn from $5 million to $7 million, but feels she’s worth $10 million. If she doesn’t get it, she will put the wheels of her talk show in motion immediately, says the source.

“And if she does get her contract demands, Paula will attempt to negotiate a clause that states she can have other projects, including a talk show, and will juggle both.

“Paula is unpredictable and not afraid to speak her mind — but she also leads from the heart and really connects with people,” continued the source. “Studio execs feel those are the kind of personal attributes that would make her perfect for a daytime talk show.”