Katy Perry’s paycheck from American Idol caused more than enough problems for the show. Apparently, the show’s accountant and financial advisor are both nonexistent positions and everyone just sort of wings it when it comes to picking a number to pay staff. They’ve run into the same problem as someone playing fantasy football for the first time, overpaying for a popular person and breaking their budget in the process. This isn’t a third world country. Illegal immigrants don’t even work for peanuts anymore in America. So in order to add extra incentive to the current low ball contract offer, they had to come up with a plan. American Idol is attempting to bait potential judges they pick with sweet deals and offers at Disney. Just what every adult ever wanted.
Our ‘A.I.’ sources tell us … the show’s talent budget has a $40 million cap, which has been depleted by signing Perry for $25 mil and Ryan Seacrest for just over $10 mil. So, producers are having to get creative and sweeten the deal by offering celebs Disney perks that will turn into a big payday. We’re told the perks include production deals, licensing and merchandising deals for Disney properties … and also theme park partnerships. For example, Disney’s Hollywood Studios features the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith … but can always add more names.
No experienced self-respecting adult is going to do the job of a judge just to go to Disney as payment. That type of mentality tipped the police off about Michael Jackson’s unnatural obsession with small children. It’s a trap. Empty promise endorsement deals are the equivalent of a bounced check in Hollywood. And in America, tickets to ride The Beauty and The Beast teacup ride isn’t accepted as a form of payment when it comes to a household electric bill. What person isn’t going to be bitter sitting next to Katy Perry getting paid a bajillion dollars while you don’t even have enough money for gas to get to Disney.
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