Ryan Seacrest is on the fast track ,to becoming one of the richest media moguls. He is earning $20 million, for his radio show alone. He is expected to earn $55 million by the end of year.
Seacrest’s $15 million a year salary, for hosting American Idol, reportedly was the reason Paula Abdul left the show. I can see if Abdul did leave the show, because of the exorbitant salary of Seacrest, wondering why he would deserve that kind of money just to host the show.
Ryan Seacrest will reportedly earn $55 million during 2011, according to onlinejournal.com. He will earn $20 million of that income from his radio show. $15 million will come from his hosting duties on American Idol. Paula Abdul reportedly left the show when she was offered less the $15 million a year, Seacrest is earning.
He negotiated the $15 million a year contract, for three years in 2009. There is a good chance he will earn even more in his next contract for the show.
Seacrest is a master at building suspense, on elimination night. He sometimes tricks contestants into thinking they are going home, when they are safe.
In addition to his American Idol duties, Seacrest is producing reality shows for the E Network including Keeping Up With the Kardashians. In my book, that show has nothing to do with reality, but is an example of staging a situation for maximum drama.
In the planning stages are a cable television channel that won’t bear his name but he will be the mastermind behind the channel.
The following poll asks if Seacrest is worth the $15 million a year American Idol is paying him: