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]

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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