Here’s another scintillating Idol report from TMZ
UPDATE: TMZ is reporting that Jennifer Lopez signed a 1 yr contract for a little more than 12M dollars, and is “expected to be at the judges’ table for auditions next week.” Multiple sources including People and US are reporting sources confirming the 12M dollar figure.
Those nasty reports about Jennifer Lopez we’ve been reading lately? If TMZ is to be believed, they’ve been planted by peeps who want to see Idol fail:
FOX execs at the highest level have been complaining that the negative stories about Lopez — who should be signing on the dotted line any day to become the 3rd judge — are being planted by people with a grudge against “A.I.” and people who are in direct competition with the show.
Let me translate, since TMZ doesn’t come right out and say it: Simon Cowell and his people have been planting all those nasty stories about Jennifer.
TMZ sources insist that all is well, negotiations between Jennifer and Idol were “normal” and she’ll be sitting at the judges’ table next week for AI auditions.
The mud slinging between camps has started early. I have a feeling this is gonna get ugly.
In the meantime, The New York Post reports that Jennifer’s 12 million deal is less than Ryan Seacrest’s 15 million deal, but more than the 10 million Paula Abdul was asking for, but didn’t get. Randy Jackson is in the final years of a contract that pays him about 8 million.
Jennifer was lured into the deal by the opportunity to produce television shows for Fox. Her previous show South Beach, with UPN in 2006 was a failure.
The Post says the announcement is expected within the next few days, rather than October, as US magazine reported.