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.