There’s a new controversy everyone’s talking about on the set of American Idol, and surprise! It involves money. Simon’s co-workers on the show are a little ticked off after hearing what his paycheck is. Thanks to Forbes, everyone found out Simon earns $36 million a year on the show, and it was even confirmed by executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.
Only problem is, the other judges aren’t making nearly as much. But Nigel is defending Simon, saying, "There is always jealousy in every job. Why is he getting more than the other two judges? Because it is believed that he brings more to the table.
He has actually handled his negotiations quite brilliantly. He’s only ever negotiated by the year. And now he is getting something like $22,000 per minute."
Wow. When you break it down like that, it just doesn’t seem fair. What do you think? Should Simon be making more than the other judges? Should he be making that much money period?!