Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Ryan Seacrest Is Absolutely Close to His Family: They’re Still on His Foundation’s Payroll Making Big Bucks

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Ryan Seacrest left “Live with Kelly and Ryan” today after six years.

A lot was made of his big send off, complete with members of his family in tow. The press pitch on “Access Hollywood” was that they’re a close, close family.

Indeed, they are. As I’ve reported before, Ryan keeps his sister and father on his payroll at the Ryan Seacrest Foundation. That hasn’t changed over the years.

In 2020, sister Meredith was getting close to $300,000 as Chief Operating Office. Dad Gary gets $95,000 a year as legal counsel. These are good gigs!

An actually qualified person named Nicole Mead gets $100,000 as Senior Director.

What does Nicole do? According to her official bio, “Nicole enjoys spending her free time traveling, exploring the National Parks system, attending live music events and volunteering with a handful of Nashville non-profits.”

Good for her!

What does the Ryan Seacrest Foundation do? A little unclear. According to their 2020 Form 990 Tax filing, they gave 10 hospitals $10,000 each, and $25,000 to the Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Florida. So that’s $125,000 total, although they claim $1.3 million in grants and donations. It’s unclear how this was added up.

Seacrest returns to “American Idol” and his LA-based radio show, and producing the Kardashians’ reality show. On Monday, Kelly Ripa’s husband, Mark Consuelos, becomes the new co-host.

Regis Philbin, I might add, is turning in his grave. (I do miss Regis.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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