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Ryan Seacrest's Run on 'American Idol' Could End Due to Pay Cut?

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Jan. 6 2012, Published 5:01 a.m. ET

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It's hard to imagine American Idol without Ryan Seacrest, but it could become a reality. Ryan's three-year contract that pays him $15 million a year to host American Idol is coming to an end and renegotiations reportedly won't be easy.

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Insiders tell The Hollywood Reporter that Ryan most likely won't be offered the same pricey deal he's had for the past three years. "There's no way Fremantle and CKx producers of American Idol along with Fox will continue to pay Ryan that kind of money when he can be replaced for $2 million to $3 million," the source explains.

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American Idol did survive the loss of judge Simon Cowell, so maybe they could survive without Ryan, too?

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And Ryan, 37, does have other job offers right now. He is part of the NBCUniversal family after all!

For E! Entertainment, Ryan hosts the daily news show, produces show like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and does red carpet reporting. In addition, Ryan is rumored to have been offered a deal on NBC's Today since Matt Lauer's contract is up this year!

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Decisions, decisions.

But Ryan will reportedly make his decision very carefully.

"NBC would love to get Ryan out of Idol because they have The Voice. Ryan is using it to renegotiate his deals, and NBC is looking for leverage with Lauer."

Would you still watch American Idol without Ryan? Would you want to see Ryan join Today?

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