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How Much Are the 'American Idol' Judges & Host Paid in 2018?

The reboot of American Idol premieres tonight (March 11) on ABC and you might be curious to know how much money the new judges are making as their salaries have been a big topic of conversation!

Katy Perry was the first person who signed on for the new season of the hit series and she reportedly is earning a massive $25 million for the cycle.

The huge salary for Katy was a big story as ABC originally had intended to keep the budget for the Idol reboot low, according to some reports.

Ryan Seacrest signed on next to host the season, as he has done for the previous 15 seasons on Fox, and he’s reportedly going to make $12 million.

The budgets were already pretty tapped out at this point and there are reports that the producers wanted to find two more judges at very low salaries. They ended up hiring country singer Luke Bryan and legendary artist Lionel Richie, who are both making around $7 million, according to Page Six.

WILL YOU WATCH the reboot of Idol?

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How Is the 'American Idol' Reboot Different From the Original?

The new American Idol reboot is debuting tonight on ABC – and you may be wondering…how is the reboot different from the original Fox series?

Well, there are a few differences!

For one, all the judges are different from past American Idol seasons. This season, you’ll see Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan judging. Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host, however. In addition, the reboot is of course, on a different network and airing at a different timeslot than normal.

The biggest difference between the reboot and the original is that the reboot will no longer feature bad auditions. Bad auditions were a staple of the original series, where you’d often see contestants who had unpleasant singing voices get unflattering critique from Simon Cowell.

Check out photos from the contestants you’ll be seeing on the premiere…More Here! »

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Kelly Ripa Shades Arie Luyendyk Jr - Check Out Her Instagram Comment!

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest had Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancee Lauren Burnham as guests on Live! with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday (March 7), and Kelly let everyone know her true feels about how she felt about him dumping Becca publicly for his runner up.

“I want to understand everything,” Kelly told them on the air. “Your thought process. What’s wrong with you? What’s wrong with you….are you as shady as I think you are now?”

“Excuse me, this didn’t just happen overnight!” Kelly continued as Arie said “no” to being shady.

Then, after the show, Kelly took to Instagram to let her thoughts be really known.

Someone commented, “I give them 100 days. Yikes,” to which Kelly responded, “you’re being generous.” Check out the comment in the gallery!

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Taraji P. Henson Responds To Supposed Ryan Seacrest Shade, Says Comments Were 'Misconstrued'

Taraji P. Henson says she was not throwing any subtle shade while speaking with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet at the 2018 Oscars.

If you don’t know, Taraji was one of the celebs who talked to Ryan on the red carpet, despite the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

“The universe has a way of taking care of taking care of good people,” Taraji said during her interview, while touching his chin. “You know what I mean?”

Now, Taraji is telling People her comments have been “misconstrued.”

“I did it to keep his chin up. It’s an awkward position to be in. He’s been cleared but anyone can say anything,” she said. She also said she “absolutely” supports him.

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Kathy Griffin Offers Job to Ryan Seacrest's Sexual Misconduct Accuser

Kathy Griffin has just reached out to the woman accusing Ryan Seacrest of sexual misconduct.

The comedian tweeted a message to the woman, Suzie Hardy, who worked as a stylist with Ryan at the E! network.

“Hey Suzie Hardy, I will do for you that which no one did for me after May 30,” Kathy wrote, referring to her controversial Trump photo shoot. “After you were brave enough to speak out I’m happy to offer you a job as my stylist to dress me this week for Jimmy Kimmel and Real Time & I’ll PAY you. What ya think? KG”

Ryan has denied any wrongdoing on his part.