Ryan Seacrest on ‘A.I.’
The Money’s Good …
But Title is Everything
6/23/2017 12:50 AM PDT
Ryan Seacrest’s “done deal” to host the reboot of “American Idol” has hit a snag … but it’s not over money.
TMZ broke the story … Seacrest and Fremantle Media and Core Media — the producers of “American Idol”– have agreed on his salary … somewhere between $10 million and $15 million, substantially less than Katy Perry‘s $25M paycheck but definitely not chump change — but he wants more than a “Host” title.
Sources at Fremantle and Core tell us, Seacrest is asking for an Executive Producer credit but Fremantle is balking, and the stalemate has now lasted more than a week. It’s unclear if Seacrest wants day-to-day responsibilities for producing the show — hard to imagine since there are only 24 hours in a day.
As we reported, we know producers are interested in Lionel Richie as a judge, but we’re told they won’t sign anyone else until they seal the deal with Seacrest.