HomeHeard it on the ShowRyan Seacrest’s “done deal” to host ‘American Idol’ hits a snagRyan Seacrest’s “done deal” to host ‘American Idol’ hits a snagFri, June 23, 2017 by Tessa Snyder SHARE NOW Ryan Seacrest and ABC have hit a snag in their negotiations for him to come back to host American Idol. And it’s not over money! (Jodi dishes all the details starting at 30:40) According to TMZ Seacrest and Fremantle Media and Core Media — the producers of “American Idol”– have agreed on his salary … somewhere between $10 million and $15 million, substantially less than Katy Perry’s $25M paycheck but definitely not chump change — but he wants more than a “Host” title. Sources at Fremantle and Core tell us, Seacrest is asking for an Executive Producer credit but Fremantle is balking, and the stalemate has now lasted more than a week. It’s unclear if Seacrest wants day-to-day responsibilities for producing the show — hard to imagine since there are only 24 hours in a day. As we reported, we know producers are interested in Lionel Richie as a judge, but we’re told they won’t sign anyone else until they seal the deal with Seacrest. Want to hear more? Listen to Murphy Sam and Jodi: On Demand When you subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or Google Play store, you get exclusive stuff you won’t hear on the show! And while you’re at it… be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel.