Thursday, May 23, 2024

Oy! Ryan Seacrest’s Foundation Mostly Pays His Father and Sister Nice Salaries


What is it with these celebrity foundations? I just received a press release saying that Nick Jonas, who’s trying to push his new solo career, is the official spokesperson for the Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

Don’t get me wrong– I like Ryan Seacrest and I know he is a hard worker. But according to his foundation’s 2012 Form 990, he pays his dad $64,000 a year and his sister Meredith $140,000 a year. (The sister got a nice increase from 2011, when her salary was just $35,000.) The Foundation claims assets of $993,597. Total salaries came to just over $300,000.

Nice work if you can get it.

Wait, that’s not all. Ryan’s father, Gary, is an Atlanta attorney. Despite his salary, the Foundation isn’t getting its legal work done for free. They claim a $12,000 expense for legal fees.

They only made grants that came to $142,069. And that’s not even cash. It’s in the form of media equipment to three children’s hospitals.

Oy, oy, oy. What can you do? Please, Ryan, clean this up. The only cash going anywhere in this foundation is to your family members. It’s just not good.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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