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]

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