Seacrest gets $45 million to host Idol for three more years

Ryan Seacrest has officially signed a $45 million contract that will keep him hosting American Idol for $15 million a season. That “is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, which says the new deal “more than triples his previous salary of slightly less than $5 million per season.” (That’s a lot less than the $12.5 million the Washington Post claimed Seacrest made every season.)

The deal says Seacrest “will be exclusive to [Idol owner 19 Entertainment's parent company] CKX in broadcast TV primetime to host ‘Idol’ or any CKX-produced show that might succeed it.” In other words, even if Idol doesn’t last three more seasons, Seacrest will.

“Idol” host Ryan Seacrest signs $45 million deal [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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