Ryan Seacrest - Ryan Seacrest Signs $30 Million 'Pact' With American Idol

Ryan Seacrest is a man of his word. No longer than a couple of weeks after he hinted he would remain with American Idol during an appearance on the 'Today Show', the most sought after presenter in the business has signed a new two year contract with the reality show.
Seacrest has hosted Idol since its launch in 2002, and it's partially down to him that the show has kept pulling in the viewers, whilst numerous rivals have fallen. Recent speculation had suggested Simon Cowell was looking to poach Seacrest for The X Factor Usa, following the departure of Steve Jones, but the music mogul will now be on the hunt for alternatives. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Seacrest has inked a two-year "pact", which will pay him $15 million annually. One Idol insider revealed that network executives "cannot envision the show without Ryan", adding, "The goal has always been to keep him". It's true that losing the presenter could have spelled disaster for the show, which has seen its ratings down more than 20 per cent in total viewers compared with last year. The advent of rival shows such as The Voice has meant not everyone is tuning in to Idol for their reality fix, and with news that Simon Cowell has landed Britney Spears for The X Factor, things could get even tighter next season.
However, Seacrest is one of the most in-demand personalities in the United States and he was reportedly being courted as a potential successor to Matt Lauer on the Today Show, before the veteran penned a new deal.


Contactmusic

Tags: Ryan Seacrest - American Idol - Simon Cowell - The X Factor USA - Steve Jones - Britney Spears - Matt Lauer

Advertisement

More Ryan Seacrest

"Happy" Ariana Grande Refuses To Discuss Rumoured Romance With Big Sean

Ariana Grande has refused to discuss her rumoured relationship with 26-year-old rapper Big Sean. The 21-year-old actress and singer appeared on Ryan Seacrest's radio talk...

Celebrities Take Part In The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge [Photos]

It’s not just you and your friends getting nominated to take the ALS awareness ice bucket challenge; celebs from lists A-Z are getting involved, and...

'American Idol' "Dream Team" - Lopez, Urban, Connick Jr. & Seacrest - Set To Return For 14th Season

American Idol judges, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., will all be returning to the 14th season of American Idol, Fox announced on...

The Verdict on Maroon 5's New Single, 'Maps'

The wait for new Maroon 5 material is finally over. The band unleashed their brand new single, ‘Maps,’ and it’s the first taste we have...

Advertisement

'Gracepoint' Stars Anna Gunn And David Tennant At FOX Upfronts - Part 3

'Gracepoint' stars Anna Gunn and David Tennant posed together on the blue carpet at the FOX Network Upfront presentation at The Beacon Theater in New...

Does Anyone Know Where Casey Kasem Is?

Iconic DJ Casey Kasem has disappeared from a Santa Monica hospital. Kasem, who suffers from Parkinson' disease, vanished following a visit by his children to...

"American Idol" Results: Contestants Can't Agree, Jennifer Lopez Is Shocked

The results of this week’s American Idol might have shocked many people, but none more so than Jennifer Lopez. This warning might be redundant, but...

Ryan Seacrest Set To Leave NBCU, But What About American Idol?

It's looking like the end of the line for Ryan Seacrest and NBCU. Hollywood's hardest working presenter is likely to continue on American Idol and...

Advertisement

Comments

Ryan Seacrest Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Ryan Seacrest

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All