American Idol judge Simon Cowell could be about to become the highest paid TV star of all time.
Reports suggest he is negotiating a £100 million-per-year contract with the US talent program.
The fee that would translate to an astonishing £2.2million for every hour he is on screen.
It would also quadruple his current £25 million annual pay from the Fox network.
"The word went out from on high to pay Simon what he needs," an insider with the channel told the Mirror.
"Without him the show would be a shadow of itself …We're confident of getting our man."
This week the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, secured a new three year deal for himself, tripling his pay to £30 million.