If Ryan Secrest is worth $45 million, Simon's definitely worth $144 million.
Ryan Seacrest is Fox's $45 Million Man.
The American Idol host has closed a major new three-year deal with CKX, parent of Idol producer 19 Entertainment, worth $15 million per year.
Under the pact, which is believed to be the richest ever for a reality host, Seacrest will be exclusive to CKX in broadcast TV prime time to host Idol or any CKX-produced show that might succeed it.
The pact, which had been in the works for the past several weeks, gives Seacrest a gigantic pay raise, more than tripling his previous salary of slightly less than $5 million per season.