Simon Cowell on $144M Contract: “It’s Absolute Nonsense”

On the heels of Ryan Seacrest’s new, lucrative deal with American Idol, Simon Cowell denies that $100M plus deal reported by UK’s Guardian newspaper:

There’s no doubt that Simon Cowell rakes in the money working on three hit television shows, but the talent judge is slamming reports he signed a whopping $144-million deal to return to “American Idol.”

“I wish! Come off it, ” Simon tells “Extra” correspondent Terri Seymour. “It’s absolute nonsense… crazy, crazy nonsense. Speculation. Not true. Nothing has been signed.”

Cowell did confirm that he is discussing his future with “American Idol, ” saying, “There hasn’t been a deal done. We’re talking to FOX. We have a very good relationship with them. As to what we’re going to do ongoing over a number of different bits and pieces…we’ll see… we are having conversations.”

If he does re-up with Idol, you know it’s going to be for big money. Certainly more than rival Seacrest’s $45M…

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