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Katy Perry

$20 Mil 'Idol' Offer

REJECTED

8/25/2012 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"American Idol" desperately wanted Katy Perry to fill one of its vacant judge's seats, so much so,  they offered her $20 MILLION ... but she she still turned it down ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the production tell TMZ ... "Idol" pursued Perry relentlessly for weeks, eager to get her to sign on the dotted line. According to our sources, they started the offer at $18 million, but threw even more cash on the table ... $20 MILLION for a one year contract!!!

We're told Katy made it clear ... she was NOT interested and money wasn't the issue.

Sources tell us ... aside from the fact that Katy's schedule made it impossible to do the show ... she just didn't think it was right career choice for her.

Mariah must be one pissed, $18 million judge.

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61.

devilgirl    

She can't sing, so it seems silly to ask her to judge other people's talent.

760 days ago
62.

seamus     

I have to ask, what is the big deal who judges? I have never watched this show am I missing out on something?

760 days ago
63.

tenley    

How nice to be able to turn down an easy $20 million.

760 days ago
64.

JimmyB    

Thought Mariah only got a piddly $17M.

760 days ago
65.

JimmyB    

...btw, Amarican Idol: I'll do it for $3M. You offer healthcare, right?

760 days ago
66.

Seldombinlaid    

Dump Mariah, and offer Katy more !!!!!!! Katy would make the show.

760 days ago
67.

Danielle    

well, in that case, I'll take it.......

759 days ago
68.

Jballs     

J Balls in da house b1tches

759 days ago
69.

Jen    

I'm impressed. It must take a lot to turn down $20mil because you don't want to compromise what you believe in, even if you are already rich. Good on her I say.

759 days ago
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andrew    

Good for her for realizing a sinking ship.. and running for away from american idol.. I mean i dont know see how it does much for their music careers.. yeah they make money.. but lets be real x factor did jack **** for nicoles career.. i feel bad for randy he is just a floater in the situation.. poor guy just wants the damn check.. only industry in america that longevity doesnt give you the highest salary.. poor randy probably only pulling in a mere 4 mill still. lol

759 days ago
71.

Phishie from Philly    

She rejected the offer because they don't have a dental plan.
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Phishie from Philly

759 days ago
72.

dropped    

shes too busy trying to find her eventual next ex husband to have anything to do with tv

759 days ago
73.

isaiah    

don't believe it for a second b/c if Mariah found out Katy got $20mil to her $18mil she would have backed out the deal.

759 days ago
74.

lee    

WTG Katy. Bravo!

759 days ago
75.

purejuice    

it's always been a showcase for has beens or obscure brits, and katy perry is the first real star to nix it. it's dumb. everybody knows that.

759 days ago
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