american idol judges 20111 The Highest Paid Judge on American Idol

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American Idol, a huge money-maker for Fox at 7.11 million an episode, definitely shares the wealth when it comes to Ryan Seacrest and the 3 famous judges.  According to Hollywood News Ryan makes $15 million a year for hosting duties and that’s a guaranteed salary for 3 years.  [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Randy Jackson[/lastfm] is the least compensated on the judges panel and by a wide margin only raking in $5 million  per year. 

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jennifer Lopez[/lastfm] seat at the judges table earns her $12 million while [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steven Tyler[/lastfm] is the highest paid on the show bringing in $18 million!  Not to mention the exposure J-Lo is getting for her new album, singles and videos and Steven’s opportunity on Idol to promote his new book which has become an instant best seller.  Tonight on the results show, Steven will debut the video to his new solo single.  Yes, American Idol is a money-maker in more ways than one for everyone involved…except for the only original judge and low man on the totem pole, Randy Jackson …. yo dog!

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