Ryan Seacrest Is $45 Million Richer

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Why is Ryan Seacrest smiling so damn big? Well, he has forty-five million reasons to grin like that. Ryan has finalized a three-year, $15 million per year contract to continue hosting American Idol and develop programming for “Idol” producer 19 Entertainment. The deal, which triples Ryan’s salary, makes him the highest paid reality TV host in history.

Even though he’s got a $45 million deal, Ryan still keeps his side jobs – hosting as the face of E! and producing reality shows “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” and Denise Richards’ show, producing Jamie Oliver’s ABC reality show, and replacing Casey Kasem as the voice of “American Top 40″ radio, AND hosting ABC’s New Years Eve with Dick Clark.

When does the guy sleep? [Source: NYP; Photo: Getty Images]