Martha Stewart’s Apprentice judge and MSLO chair Charles Koppelman will be paid $3 million

Martha Stewart’s left-hand man will be paid $3 million this year, part of which apparently pays for him to fondle his cigar every week on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.

AdAge frames their story about his salary saying that Charles Koppelman, the chair of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, is “set to receive up to $3 million for his regular appearance on NBC’s ‘The Apprentice: Martha.'” But that is apparently just part of his job, as he is also supposed to “source, structure and negotiate merchandise and television opportunities.”

The total comes from “an annual compensation of $725,000,” plus “75,000 restricted shares that will vest over time. Each share would be worth $20.35 based on the MSLO stock price on Oct. 21, the date of the new contract, or around $1.5 million,” AdAge reports. “He will also have options to buy a further 200,000 shares in the company.”

SEC Filing Reveals Charles Koppelman’s ‘Apprentice’ Contract [AdAge]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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