Simon Cowell to make more money than God
The contract for Simon Cowell's 9th season of "American Idol" is reportedly through the roof.
According to early leaks regarding negotiations,
co-producers Fox and 19 Entertainment have offered Cowell between $100
million to $144 million to stick with Idol once his contract is up in May. That is three to four times his previous salary of $36 million.
"American Idol" generally nets about $900 million per season, so that salary is a proverbial drop in the bucket. However, the high end of those negotiations, $144 million, is more money than the 2008 salaries of Miley Cyrus, Ryan Seacrest, Jessica Alba, Carrie Underwood, Eli Manning, 50 Cent, Scarlett Johansson, and Albert Pujols combined.
I understand that it's really not much of a show without Cowell, but... holy cow.