Ryan Seacrest hired by E! for $21 million

Ryan Seacrest has finalized his rumored deal with E! to produce and host shows for the cable network.

According to People magazine, “The new deal, which is said to cover approximately three years, calls for Seacrest to executive produce the network’s Live from the Red Carpet awards-show coverage, starting with the Jan. 16 Golden Globes Awards. In addition, he will serve as managing editor of E! News; will produce and host celebrity interview specials; act as tower host of red-carpet shows; and start–in March–as lead anchor E! News.”

All of that is in addition to hosting American Top 40 and doing his morning talk show in LA. Oh, and hosting American Idol 5. For all of this, he’ll be paid $21 million over three years.

Somehow, that number is less shocking than the one People drops in its second sentence: “…who turned 31 on Christmas Eve…” That age is confirmed by IMDB, but still, 31? Do you get to subtract a year for every botox treatment?

Ryan Seacrest Lands $21 Million TV Deal [People]

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