The Perry drama plays out as she is being rewarded with a $25 million salary, and as ABC and its parent company, Disney, deal with sexual harassment claims against the show’s host Ryan Seacrest.
In October the New York Post reported that Perry’s $25 million payday had created drama at ABC. Seacrest’s $15 million salary isn’t as big, but it was also cutting into the budget, the paper reported.
RYAN SEACREST JOINS ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ REBOOT. “American Idol” turned Seacrest into a household name, but the TV personality has been dogged by accusations of sexual harassment leveled by his former stylist for “E! News.”.
Suzie Hardy told Variety last month that she was fired in 2013 after she made graphic complaints of harassment against Seacrest to E!’s human resources department.
Hardy accused Seacrest of grinding against her while he was only wearing underwear, groping her vagina and slapping her so hard on her bottom that she suffered for hours from a large, visible welt.
Despite the allegations, E! has stood by Seacrest, issuing a statement that an investigation found there was “Insufficient evidence to support the claims” made against him.
Lawrence previously said on Howard Stern’s radio show that she wasn’t sure whether she’d stop to talk to Seacrest.