'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest gets a big raise
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is about to join the ranks of Simon Cowell as someone who is getting a lot more money to continue working with the show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seacrest has completed a deal with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment to sign on as host for three more seasons of the show and also get a significant pay raise. This past season, Seacrest made just over $5 million, or about $100,000 per episode.
The new deal will pay him triple that -- or $15 million per year -- and makes him him one of the highest paid reality-TV hosts.
The new deal also makes Seacrest exclusive to CKX -- the parent company of 19 Entertainment -- for any prime-time show on broadcast TV. His arrangement with cable channel E!, where he's the lead anchor for "E! News," isn't affected -- and since it covers primetime only, he may still be able to continue hosting "New Year's Rockin' Eve'
Seacrest is also said to be in talks with "Idol" creator Simon Fuller about developing a new television program, but there are no details yet as to what it might be.