While Simon Cowell's purported $114 million per year deal is too big, well... you can say Ryan Seacrest is being a little more modest. But the American Idol host is also negotiating his contract in between breaks, amidst all the buzz on whether the judges will be complete when the show returns next year.
Oh, and he is reportedly putting the finishing touches on a contract extension for the show, which will see him take a sizeable pay raise and make him one of the highest-paid reality hosts on television.
No figures have been revealed so far, but The Hollywood Reporter says that the new deal, which will be effective for the next three years, will see Seacrest get more involved with Idol producers 19 Entertainment, possibly to develop new shows with Idol creator Simon Fuller. For the eighth season of the show, he took in a total of around $5 million, or an estimated $100,000 per episode.
That'd make Seacrest a busier man, if you count his work on E!, his radio shows, and his producer role in reality shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Denise Richards: It's Complicated.
All parties involved in the deal--Fox, the show's producers, and Seacrest's reps--declined to comment on the matter, but it is expected that everything will be finalized at the start of next week.
You wouldn't have thought Ryan's having negotiations, too--well, he's still showing up during auditions for the upcoming seasons, which are still underway. Then again, his is one face you can't remove from the show. Or so I feel.