American Idol

Report: Lythgoe vows to pay Seacrest's 'Idol' salary

Jan. 19, 2012 at 10:47 AM ET

A well-paid Ryan Seacrest will continue to host "American Idol," if Nigel Lythgoe has anything to say about it.

Ryan Seacrest is one of entertainment's busiest men. In addition to his hosting work on "American Idol," he's an E! News host, has a nationally syndicated radio show, produces a number of television shows and he's set to launch his own TV network. But recent rumors revealed he might have some extra time on his hands soon.

It seems his reported $15-million-a-year payday for "Idol" is a bit much for many of the show's bigwigs, and since it's unlikely he would take on the same talent-show duties for a slashed salary, some expect Seacrest to leave "Idol" after the current season ends. But not executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

According to TMZ, Lythgoe not only expects Seacrest to stay, he's willing to reach into his pockets to make sure that happens.

After all of the judging shakeups on the show has seen, Lythgoe believes that Seacrest is an "extremely important" part of "Idol," and he's said to be ready to back that up by making up for any salary sacrifice asked of Seacrest from his own funds.

That could be one pricey proposal.

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