Ryan Seacrest made $100,000 per American Idol 8 episode, is working on a three-year contract extension

For his hosting work on American Idol 8, Ryan Seacrest made $100,000 per episode. That’s a total of “slightly less than $5 million this season,” according to The Hollywood Reporter–significantly less than the $12.5 million a year that the Washington Post reported last year that Seacrest gets per year.

In any case, it’s a lot of cash, and THR says he is working on a three-year deal with 19 Entertainment that “will give Seacrest a major pay raise and make him one of the highest-paid reality hosts on television.” The paper doesn’t mention what that number is, or who makes more than he does (Bergeron? Probst?). But Seacrest’s hosting is just a fraction of the money he makes for his various projects.

Ryan Seacrest nears new megadeal [Hollywood Reporter]

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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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.