09:13 15 July 2009
Simon Cowell is negotiating a mega money deal with US TV talent show 'American Idol'.
The music mogul is in talks to sign a £100million-a-year contract, which would make him the highest paid star in TV history.
A Fox insider told The Daily Mirror: "The word went out from on high to pay Simon what he needs.
"Without him the show would be a shadow of itself. And without American Idol were in the dumper."
If Cowell manages to secure the deal with Fox he will quadruple his current £25million-a-year salary. This means he would earn a staggering £2.2million an hour on screen.
Fox has also signed up 'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest for another three years in a deal worth £30million.
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