Jennifer Lopez accepts $12 million for Idol, Fox deal, though her “diva demands were refused”

Jennifer Lopez has finally agreed to a deal to judge American Idol, and while it comes with a Fox deal, she didn’t get everything she wanted.

Deadline Hollywood reports that she wanted “a guaranteed ‘go’ motion picture and TV pilots at Fox to accompany an asked-for $15 million” salary, but settled for $12 million and an “overall Fox deal but with no film/TV commitments.”

Nikki Finke reports that her team was “trying to milk the gig for all they could get from the movie studio and broadcast network/television programmer to further her stalled career in the film/TV area” and “kept threatening she’d bail if she didn’t get what she wanted, Fox called her bluff several times,” which explains the report in early August said she was out as a judge because of her demands.

Why hasn’t her new position been officially announced yet? “JLo asked that it coincide with Island Def Jam’s dropping her first single in mid-September,” Deadline reports. News first broke that she was joining the show as its new judge in late July, but Fox didn’t announce it because, executives said, contracts hadn’t been signed.

JLo Getting Overall Fox Deal Along With $12M ‘American Idol’ Judging Job — But Her Most Diva Demands Were Refused [Deadline]

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

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A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

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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.