American Idol is so close to locking in its host and remaining judges.
As we previously reported, Ryan Seacrest has faced some hurdles while negotiating his contract for his return as host for the singing competition. While the Live! host agreed to be paid somewhere between $10 and 15 million for the gig, it’s said he and the producers are clashing over his desire to be named an executive producer.
Apparently, the producers are unwilling to grant him this title as they rejected Katy Perry (who is being paid $25 million to be a judge on the show)’s request to be made an executive producer — and they don’t want to ruffle any feathers. Still, Seacrest is likely to return to Idol as he reportedly met with ABC executives this week.
And while there are no updates about whether or not Lionel Richie has been locked in as a judge for the former FOX hit, it’s believed the music legend is eyeing a contract somewhere in the range of $3 to $5 million. But what about that last spot at the judges’ table??
Well, according to TMZ, both the Idol producers and the higher ups at ABC want Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue to be a judge. Why?? Because Mr. Sixx is supposedly willing to make less than Richie. Well, well!
Hopefully, Idol finishes up these contracts sooner than later or it’ll just be Miz Perry running the show. Actually, we’d totally watch that show!