Simon Cowell not yet signed to Idol, but Ryan Seacrest is confident everyone will be back

Responding to a report that he was offered $144 million to renew his contract with American Idol, Simon Cowell said he has not yet signed anything, but that he’s currently in talks–although he dismisses the insanely high amount of money cited by British tabloids.

“I wish! Come off it. It’s absolute nonsense… crazy, crazy nonsense. Speculation. Not true. Nothing has been signed. … There hasn’t been a deal done. We’re talking to FOX. We have a very good relationship with them. As to what we’re going to do ongoing over a number of different bits and pieces…we’ll see… we are having conversations,” Simon told Extra’s Terri Seymour, who happens to be his ex-girlfriend.

However, Ryan Seacrest–who just signed his own three-year, $45 million deal–is confident that Simon and the other three judges will return, which apparently includes Kara DioGuardi. “Lots of conversations going on behind the scenes but I fully expect you will see the whole team next year,” Ryan wrote on Twitter today.

Cowell Blasts Contract Rumors [Extra]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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