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Simon Cowell's 'Idol' Salary Could Be $144 Million A Year: Report

07/31/2009 05:12 am 05:12:01 | Updated May 25, 2011

EARLY salary figures from Simon Cowell's "American Idol" contract negotiations are leaking out and they're eye-popping.

Cowell, who reportedly made $36 million last year for judging the hit competition show, has been offered three or four times that amount -- between $100 million and $144 million per year -- by co-producers Fox and 19 Entertainment to stick with "Idol" when his contract expires next May, according to The Guardian, a London newpaper.

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