At a cool $15 million annually, American Idol‘s Ryan Seacrest signs on for two more seasons of the hit FOX reality series.
He has been with the show since its debut in 2002. Seacrest and judge Randy Jackson are the only original faces still with the show.
“For the last 11 seasons, I’ve had the privilege to be a part of one of television’s most iconic shows. It’s been a wild ride, and I’m excited for my journey with American Idol to continue,” Seacrest said in a statement. “The legions of fans, amazingly talented contestants, judges, and producers, along with the hard working Idol crew, impress me every time we go on air and make hosting the show a dream job.”
The profile gig and salary comes on top of Seacrest’s successes as a TV producer in his own right.
There had also been reports in 2011 that he was being courted as a potential replacement for Matt Lauer on Today, but Lauer signed a new deal earlier this month.
Source: Huffington Post