Seacrest Seals 3-Year, $45M Deal

Believed to be highest-paid reality host
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2009 10:33 AM CDT
This photo provided by FOX shows Kris Allen, right, with the American Idol trophy on Wednesday May 20, 2009, in Los Angeles. At left is Ryan Seacrest.   (AP Photo/ FOX)
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(Newser) – Ryan Seacrest isn’t feeling the recession. The ubiquitous TV personality has closed a new deal that's believed to make him the highest-paid reality host, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The American Idol host’s 3-year deal with CKX, Idol’s parent company, is worth $15 million a year—more than triple his previous salary. Though CKX gets Seacrest exclusively for broadcast TV, he will retain separate deals with Comcast and E!