What would you do for $18 million? I would lick Bruce Jenner’s teeth. I would fetch the coffee that Ashton Kutcher most assuredly scalds his underage servants with. I would even watch Mariah Carey’s Glitter, which is a not-at-all intentional segue to the fact that Carey will be a judge on American Idol next season, to the tune of $18 million. That’s more than last season’s judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez, who will continue their careers of mistaking “laughing at” with “laughing with” elsewhere, made, and even in excess of what Britney Spears will earn for her one-season stint on The X-Factor.
According to Reuters:
Reilly said the deal with Carey was finalized early on Monday and, in a dramatic move for TV critics at the conference, he called the singer on his cell phone to announce the deal.
“Hi Mariah. How are you? I have just uttered your name for the first time. We do have a deal, don’t we?” Reilly said.
Carey, answering on speakerphone, said: “I am so excited to be joining Idol…I wish I could have been there myself to tell you, but this all kind of just happened. I can’t wait to get started.” (Via)
Mariah released an official statement late last night. It went:
What were we talking about again…? Anyway. Let’s all get drunk, play ping-pong, and watch the “Heartbreaker” music video.