Ryan probably won’t lock in another huge salary to host ‘American Idol,’ a show insider reveals.
Ryan Seacrest may lose his gig as host of American Idol. Ryan signed a 3-year, $45 million contract with Fox starting in 2009 — and now that contract is up for renegotiation. An insider reveals to The Hollywood Reporter that since the show survived after Simon Cowell left, Ryan might not be needed if it costs them too much money.
“There’s no way Fremantle and CKx will continue to pay Ryan that kind of money when he can be replaced for $2 million to $3 million,” the insider reveals. Fox, FremantleMedia and CKx are all involved in producing American Idol and in negotiating Ryan’s new contract.
As of 2011, Ryan’s main ally Simon Fuller, who created Idol, is no longer involved with the negotiations and won’t be able to pull strings for Ryan this time around.
Ryan’s NBC contract is also up for renegotiation — and another source claims to THR that NBC wants Ryan to switch to their music show The Voice — and possibly have some involvement in the Today show. “NBC would love to get Ryan out of Idol because they have The Voice,” shares the source. “Ryan is using it to renegotiate his deals.”
To add to Ryan’s leverage, he has $60 million radio contract with Clear Channel.
“It’s in Ryan’s best interest to make them sweat,” the Idol insider says of Ryan’s renegotiations for his hosting gig. “The company has new people running it and has to play the game.”
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