A potential pay raise for Jennifer Lopez has at least one of her fellow American Idol judges looking for his own salary increase.
According to the New York Post, J.Lo is negotiating a new deal for her return to Idol next season that is said to be worth up to $20 million. Sources said when word of Lopez’s deal was leaked to the other judges, they became restless, particularly Steven Tyler. The frontman for the rock group Aerosmith is already locked under a two-year contract worth $10 million a year.
"Steven is halfway through a two-year deal,” explained one source, “and his management has asked for more money. They argue he was just as sensational and as popular on the panel as Jennifer. But, on the other side, show bosses argue he's tied into a deal and has to stick to it. However, it's hoped they can come to a compromise to keep Steven happy, because the producers love him.”
Another source said that while J.Lo’s money deal has been agreed upon, the final negotiations center on scheduling her Idol appearances around her other television and movie commitments.
"Talks are ongoing—she has nothing to announce as yet," said Lopez’s spokesman. He gave no comment on Tyler and Randy Jackson. Tyler’s rep also declined to comment, as did Fox. Jackson’s rep gave no statement either.
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