Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting Rich Being Rude - My Vent

This past week the New York Post published a piece that Simon Cowell earns 36 million dollars a year from Fox’s reality show American Idol. I still do not understand what on earth Simon Cowell offers that entitle him to that kind of pay. He has no talent, unless you call insulting others a talent. What about the firefighters that risk their life’s every day, the policeman who encounter people every day that are breaking the law and may shoot them, the ordinary people who are out working hard every day sometimes in extreme rather conditions or being exposed to chemicals that put the health at risk, the troops who are risking their lives 24 hours a day 7 days a week. What about all the elderly who cannot afford their medicines, the children who have horrible diseases and their parents cannot afford the medical treatment they need?

I know all celebrities and musicians receive way too much money but at least these people have a talent and do things that entertain us and bring joy to our lives. But Simon Cowell, come on all that man can do is call people names and find ways to put them down. If he can’t find fault with their singing he will insult their hair, clothes or dancing ability. As he looked in a mirror he isn’t all that. Then on top of that he makes way more than Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Both of whom have talents and firsthand experience in the music industry. It just seems crazy to me for anyone to think Simon is worth that money. I wouldn’t even spend the cost of ticket or the cost of gasoline to go see him spew his dribble somewhere. I guess the world takes all kinds of people to go around but really we have people all over who put people down and degrade them every day for free why pay Simon Cowell such a huge, ridiculous amount to do it?
Last updated: 10:39 am
October 13, 2008
Posted: 3:46 am
October 13, 2008
WHAT has been long suspected about bad blood among the judges on "American Idol" over money was confirmed over the weekend.
Nigel Lythgoe, the former executive producer of "Idol," says that Simon Cowell is earning $36 million a year from Fox for the show - far more than his counterparts, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

Jackson's and Abdul's "salary has never been advertised and Simon has been in Forbes which is why I am talking about it," Lythgoe told an Australian newspaper.
"But 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."

Lythgoe, who quit the show at the end of last season to concentrate full-time on his own series, "So You Think You Can Dance," believes Cowell is worth every penny that he's paid.

"He has actually handled his negotiations quite brilliantly," Lythgoe says.
Cowell's negotiating strategy has been never to sign a contract for longer than 12 months.

"He's only ever negotiated by the year," Lythgoe said. "And now he is getting something like $22,000 per minute."

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