Howard Stern lost his spot as top dog in the reality TV world. Mariah Carey is now the highest-paid judge with her whopping $18-million “American Idol” contract.
“American Idol” creator and executive producer Simon Fuller released a gleeful statement about his newest hire, saying:
“We are proud to have one of the world’s greatest-ever female singers join our show,” said creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. “Mariah defines the word ‘Idol’ and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her.”