Ryan Seacrest who is finishing a three-year contract of $45 million for hosting American Idol has signed a new contract for $30 million.
Seacrest will have earmed $75 million for hosting American Idol from 2010-2014. Seacrest is similar to the late Dick Clark in that he is a disc jockey, television host and producer, so the American Idol salary only represents part of his yearly income.
He will have to slow down sooner or later, because he has so many irons in the fire. Seacrest now 35, may still be able to handle the present load, but with him being a host during the Olympics this summer, it should curtail his Entertainment News hosting and his radio show workload.
I don’t know for a fact, but imagine that Seacrest has learned a lot from his late friend Dick Clark, not only about hosting, but about how to be a successful producer.
The value of Seacrest was evident when Steve Jones hosted X-Factor and seemed very uncomfortable and asked contestants and judges some very foolish questions. Meanwhile, Seacrest is very comfortable on television and in particular when hosting American Idol
American Idol wouldn’t be the same without Seacrest and nobody could really replace him. There are many television hosts, but Ryan Seacrest is the host other hosts need to emulate.