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Reality TV: Just How Much Do Your Favorite Reality Personalities Make?

August 09, 2011 02:43 PM by Kristin Watson

Ever wonder how much your favorite reality judges and hosts make? Well, we have some interesting numbers from The X Factor all the way to American Idol that might surprise you. Read on for all the details…

How much do you think it costs for Fox to get Ryan Seacrest to say “Seacrest out” on American Idol? How about what it takes to get Simon Cowell to look like a grump on The X Factor? Don’t worry, we got the dish.

When it comes to hosts, we all know Ryan Seacrest is worth millions. According to a recent issue of TV Guide, Seacrest earns $15 million per season just for holding a mic and saying “dim the lights” on American Idol.

Dancing with the Stars’ Tom Bergeron cashes in on a whopping $150,000 per episode, America’s Got Talent’s Nick Cannon brings in $70,000 an episode, while So You Think You Can Dance’s Cat Deeley, who was recently nominated for an Emmy, makes $60,000 per episode. Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi makes $50,000 per episode.

Over at The X FactorSimon Cowell is slated to bring in a cool $75 million per season, included in that is his producers fee. His friend anf partner in crime Paula Abdul will take home $2.5 million per season. Bringing up the rear at the new Fox show is Nicole Scherzinger with $1.5 million for the season.

Does this make anyone else want to learn how to hold a mic or figure out how to be of use in the judging of a person’s future? That is a whole lot of money being dished out for reality television.

If you could take any of the above jobs, which one would it be? Sound off in our comments section.

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Topics: ABC Reality TV Shows, America's Got Talent, American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, FOX Reality TV Shows, Nashville Star, So You Think You Can Dance, The X Factor |

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