ABC will reportedly pay pop star Katy Perry $25 million to join their re-imagined version of American Idol. Perry would star as a judge on the singing competition show.
ABC recently received a backlash of fury from conservatives when it cancelled its popular comedy “Last Man Standing,” starring actor Tim Allen. The hit Friday night sitcom was fronted by Allen, who played a sensible, conservative father navigating a new world. Allen is also an outspoken conservative, and many felt this is what led the liberal network to shut down the popular program.
Those suspicions aren’t hindered by ABC’s hiring of the outspokenly liberal Perry, who’s formed an odd friendship with failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after vigorously supporting her during the election cycle.
Rumor is ABC needs a high-profile judge to garner interest in their version of American Idol, which saw less popularity toward the end of its fourteen seasons on Fox. The Disney network is apparently looking to Perry to bring in fans when it releases the show in 2018.
Fox may have had the same idea. TMZ reports that Fox tried to hire Perry in 2012 when they had the series, but Perry turned down their $20 million offer.
ABC was in a position to offer more. After finishing another low-performing season, the network is looking to unscripted shows like The Bachelor and Dancing With the Stars to hold it afloat. ABC needs another hit, and they are trying to find it in American Idol. A source reportedly told TMZ “Katy had all the leverage” and that ABC needed to announce the show with a judge on the payroll.
Apparently, money talks and Perry was listening.
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