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Nigel Lythgoe

I'll Pay Ryan Seacrest's Salary!

1/19/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nigel Lythgoe and Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest
should fear not if producers cut his "American Idol" salary for next season, because we've learned Nigel Lythgoe has vowed to make up the difference ... out of his own pocket.

There have been a few reports that producers may try to cut Ryan's paycheck -- estimated at $15 million for this season. Nigel is telling people Ryan is "extremely important" to the show and doesn't know how it could work as well without him.

Nigel says if production starts slashing, he'll start cashing to keep R.S. on board.

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RonBurgundy    

Sounds like someone is getting their knob polished.

973 days ago
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jeffreyleland    

LOL knob polishing or not ... I don't want to see American Idol without Ryan ;(

973 days ago
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Niki    

Cut that the dead weight & bring in someone that can get the people involved! BRING IN ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

973 days ago
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The Real JJ    

They should cut j.lo and Steven Tyler's salary if anything. Randy's been there from the start and he gets paid the least (8mil). He was there from the beginning and put in the most work. Then J.lo comes in and gets $20mil and Steven Tyler gets $10mil i believe.If i was Randy, I would have been walked.

973 days ago
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Patterson23    

Double his salary to take the KarTrash he produces off the air!

973 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

15 mil to host a freaking show.geez meanwhile teachers who we depend on to mold our youth get paid peanuts

973 days ago
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magmax    

Boycott Ryan Seacrest. He's a pimp.

973 days ago
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james    

really? 15 million to stand there and talk? how many of us are struggling working 3 jobs, ****ing california

973 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

15 million for being a boob that talks to people. Meanwhile, people who work their asses off to provide things we use and need every day, make peanuts. Our society is so upside-down, it's ridiculous.

973 days ago
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erkg    

Cut from $15m per year - my heart bleeds it may be reduced - personally can't stand the guy and think he's easily replaced.

973 days ago
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Firefly    

This is what they should do. STOP PAYING THOSE REDICULES WAGES TO ACTORS AND SPORT STARS. Tell them that this is all they will be payed, along the lines of what is more the norm for most people. Why should someone playing a game get millions more than someone that saves lives? Why should someone playing roles get millions more than someone that builds things with their own hands. Our priorities are screwed and we need to start paying our "stars" what they are truely worth. Minimum wage!

973 days ago
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Kaffee    

I know its not going to change, but athletes and Hollywood salaries are outrageous. What do they do with all that money? Its just greed and I'm sick of it.

973 days ago
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Randall Burns    

"Idol" would probably be better without pygmy Seacrest. He continues to emcee the way he did 10 years ago. A new host would definitely freshen up the show. And as for Randy Jackson saying that "Idol" was the first show of it's kind, he needs to remember any number of amateur talent shows, including top notch "Star Search," to which "Idol" bears a striking resemblance. Get rid of him as well!!

973 days ago
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PatinNJ    

Really, they can't find another gay guy that would do that job for $1 million?

973 days ago
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Stephiemark    

Yes, poor, poor Ryan Seacrest. Should we start a food drive or something?

973 days ago
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