Ryan Seacrest just negotiated a sweet deal with CKX/19. I’m not surprised he got a huge pay raise. Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi are also negotiating new contracts. I expect Paula to get a decent raise, but triple her salary? Hm. We’ll see…
Via Hollywood Reporter:
Ryan Seacrest is Fox’s 45-Million-Dollar Man.
The ‘American Idol” host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of ‘Idol’ producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year.
Under the pact, which is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host, Seacrest will be exclusive to CKX in broadcast TV primetime to host ‘Idol’ or any CKX-produced show that might succeed it.
The pact, which had been in the works for the past several weeks, gives Seacrest a gigantic pay raise, more than trippling his previous salary of slightly less than $5 million per season.
“Idol” producers 19, FremantleMedia North America and Fox all declined to comment on Seacrest’s new deal, as did his attorneys at Hansen Jacobson. The pact is expected to be announced Monday.
The three-year deal gives CKX exclusivity on Seacrest’s on-camera services for broadcast TV. Seacrest has a separate cable deal with Comcast and is E! Entertainment’s lead anchor. He also produces such shows as E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and ABC’s upcoming Jamie Oliver reality series.