LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Jennifer Lopez is returning to American Idol, for more than $20 million, claims a new report. When Jennifer Lopez was first approached for American Idol last year, chatter then said contract negotiations involved a $20 million figure. Lopez would eventually get paid $12 million for her first season. Now a new report claims that Lopez has gotten (at least) $20 million to return to Idol for her second season.
A new report claims that Lopez, for her second year of negotiations, used $20 million as “base minimum” for negotiations. While neither FOX nor Lopez confirm the final amount, TheWrap claims that Lopez will get an annual pay check in excess of $20 million for her return to Idol.
Insiders had claimed that Lopez had filed for divorce from Marc Anthony in advance of signing the mega-TV deal. Lopez is still battling ex-husband Ojani Noa. Noa’s new girlfriend Claudia Vazquez wants to release a tape recorded during his marriage to Lopez.
The addition of Lopez and Steven Tyler did well for Idol’s ratings. Idol, however, used multiple gimmicks early in the season to add to the ratings drive. Among them were “How old is Jennifer Lopez” and the “Steve Tyler American Idol Apology”. Tyler’s American Idol apology drew 25 million viewers, one of the biggest numbers for Fox earlier that year.