Cowell hunting a cash cow before returning to American Idol

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jul 1st 2009 12:03PM
Simon Cowell is looking at more than $140 million to stay on American Idol.If Simon Cowell decides to stay in his judge's chair on American Idol, he'll have to squeak along on a salary of more than $100 million.

The U.K. and U.S. tabloid press reports that Cowell is negotiating for more than $140 million to return to Idol. That's just a slight raise over the reported $36 million he made for sitting on his backside and ridiculing warbling wannabes last year.

Who knew being aggressively obnoxious and judgmental could pay off so well? (In fairness, his very successful work as a record executive might have played a little part in his success, too.)

The piles of money Cowell will make from another season on Idol is above and beyond what he pulls down as a judge on Britain's Got Talent and the commission he'll pull down from managing any gigs that Susan Boyle survives.

All of this money and success only adds curiosity as to why Cowell reports frequent bouts with melancholia. If the money is indeed a problematic burden, the staff at TV Squad would love to relieve him of some of his troubles.

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Dave

A LOT OF PEOPLE DONT LIKE SIMON.BUT HE IS THE ONLY REAL JUDGE ON IDOL.WITH OUT HIM IDOL WOULD BE GONE.SIMON IS WORTH EVERY DIME.IF THE OTHER JUDGE'S DONT LIKE IT THEY NO WERE THE DOOR IS.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A FEMAIL JUDGE STAY ON BEEN THERE A LONG TIME WONT SAY HER NAME.BUT I LOVE HER.OK SIMON WILL YOU GET MY TEETH FIXED NOW ?(LOL)

July 08 2009 at 1:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
donald

Worthless show. Hope simon leaves so show will be cut out due to lack of audience.

July 06 2009 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wulfn1

I just hope the raise in salary doesn't further muddy his acerbic wit and criticism. It seems in the past few years his input has become bland and noncommittal, in comparison to his first few years on the show. He's usually on the money with his comments and criticisms but I don't think he 'Tell's it like it really is' anymore. I miss that edginess and feel it's what made Idol so interesting to watch once the freakshow part of the competition was done. (I also miss the freakshow part! I'd rather have more of that and less of the "hollywood" side of it. )

July 02 2009 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

Why does he suffer from melancholy? Because depression doesn't care whether you're rich and/or famous.

July 01 2009 at 7:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

He's worth every penny. The franchise will fold without him.

The risk is what it will do to the other judges' salaries.

July 01 2009 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pingles

His comments are pretty much the only reason to have seated judges for each contestant.

Not the snide jabs, but the spot-on criticisms that occasionally come out of his mouth.

July 01 2009 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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