After using Ryan Seacrest as Today Show bait for Matt Lauer, Ryan ended up getting paid by American Idol. For doing nothing a few hours a week, Ryan Seacrest will continue to host American Idol each week for approximately $15M a season for the next two seasons. He does bring continuity to the show and if Idol wanted to throw that much money at him, I certainly don't begrudge the guy for taking it. It just seems like an astonishing amount of money until you think that he has been on the show since the beginning and that Britney Spears is set to get even more than that as a judge on X factor where her contributions will consist of things like saying, "Good job," and "Can I get some more of that Pepsi stuff. I like the way it bubbles in my mouth."