Paula Abdul will reportedly be paid between $5 and 8 million a year for Idol

Paula Abdul’s renewed contract for American Idol is, according to the New York Post, “worth between $5 million and $8 million each season, according to industry sources.”

Paula’s spokesperson would only tell the paper that they “do not at anytime comment on financial matters for Ms. Abdul.”

Because the other regulars have already signed contracts (Simon Cowell gets “roughly $10 million a year”), the show will pretty much stay the same for the next three years. And FOX will continue to just rake in the cash: The Post says the show is “generating more than $100 million in profits for Fox each season,” so even with massive salaries for its stars, the series is still doing quite well.

Paula Ab-Dollar’s Deal [New York Post]

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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