Katy Perry’s huge $25 million payday at “American Idol” has created big drama at ABC and on the relaunched singing competitors.
The “Fireworks” singer’s deal left “pennies” for fellow judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. We’re informed that Ryan Seacrest’s hefty wage of about $15 million additionally reduce deeply into the price range.
“ABC was initially going to spend not more than $50 million on expertise. They needed to broaden their price range for Lionel,” one TV insider advised us.
An ABC community supply informed us the choice to cough up such an obscene quantity for Perry was the doing of CEO/President Ben Sherwood, who personally signed off on the expertise offers.
“Ben Sherwood blew the finances on Katy with out considering how that might influence different areas of the present price range. He gambled on her due to her attraction to a youthful viewers and large social-media following. However Katy is successfully taking cash from the opposite judges, who then needed to be paid approach much less,” the supply stated.
Then the fireworks ignited with Bryan and Richie. “The negotiations with Luke and Lionel have been fraught and troublesome due to [Katy’s paycheck]. They anticipated comparable offers to Katy, however are, the truth is, getting a hell of rather a lot much less. In the long run, ABC needed to cough up a second spherical of cash to signal the opposite judges.”
“Idol” initially provided Richie and Bryan a measly $2.5 million every to take the gig, however the offended singers demanded extra, and refused to signal their offers, which postponed ABC’s huge expertise announcement. “As of final week, their contracts weren’t achieved. Sherwood approved ABC to cough up extra money. They’re each making about $7 million every now. This has turn into a really costly present. If ‘Idol’ doesn’t work, it’ll blow up huge time in Sherwood’s face. If it does work, he’s a genius,” the community supply stated.
Regardless of quite a few sources describing the drama over the present offers, an ABC rep claimed to Web page Six that it’s “not true. Ben by no means needed to become involved, and the offers have been achieved inside the unique ABC expertise price range for the present.”