Thursday, July 25, 2024

Ryan Seacrest Has Been Spinning the Wheel of Fortune for Years, Paying Sister, Father From Tax Free Foundation Funds


Ryan Seacrest will be the host of “Wheel of Fortune” starting in September 2024.

But Seacrest has been spinning a Wheel of Fortune for years for his sister and his father.

I’ve written about this a lot, but it bears repeating: Seacrest pays his sister, Meredith, and father, Gary, fro his tax free Ryan Seacrest Foundation.

According to the Seacrest Foundation’s Form 990 tax filing for 2021, Meredith received $300,000 for her role as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. Dad Gary get $95,000 a year for legal work.

An actual Senior Director named Nicole Mead is paid $114,231 to run the foundation.

The Foundation’s purpose is set up radio broadcasting facilities in children’s hospitals. In 2021, the Ryan Seacrest Foundation made 11 donations of $10,000 each to children’s hospitals. That’s a third of what Meredith Seacrest Leach received in salary.

Seacrest likes to keep things in the family. Maybe when Vanna White get the boot, a niece or cousin can come in and turn the letters!

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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