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3:32 pm, January 18th, 2012
In the final stretch of his three-year contract with the show, Seacrest supposedly “wants a $15 million chunk of the ‘Idol’ pie” to host another season, although the Enquirer contends that he’s bluffing about making the leap to “X Factor.”
The tabloid claims Seacrest feels “underappreciated” at “Idol” and cites a so-called “source” as saying, “He told FOX he won’t re-up when his ‘Idol’ contract expires.”
“Ryan’s been bragging that Simon wanted him on board ‘X Factor’ all along – and he says Paula would be thrilled to have the three ‘Idol’ cast members back together again,” adds the Enquirer source.
There are a couple of things at play here.
First, speculation about Seacrest’s future has been rampant for some time, with even the “Today Show” in play.
But has there been any real conversation – bluff or otherwise – about Seacrest bolting to “The X Factor”?
“This is clearly made up,” a source close to Seacrest tells Gossip Cop.
Seacrest – and the rest of the “Idol” gang – return for Season 11 of the show on Wednesday night.
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