Ryan Seacrest Is Gettin’ PAID, Y’all

Say what you will about about Ryan Seacrest; his choice of business partners may sometimes leave a lot to be desired, but the man knows how to strike a deal.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Seacrest has inked a three-year contract with CKX—the parent company of American Idol’s producer 19 Entertainment—that will put another $15 million in his pocket annually.

For the math-impaired, that’s $45 million total.

In exchange, Seacrest has agreed to continue hosting Idol, as well as any CYK show that might succeed it.

The deal triples Seacrest’s previous salary of $5 million per year.

Recession? What recession?

Let us know in the comments section: Does Ryan Seacrest deserve $15 million a year for hosting American Idol?