(NYDAILYNEWS) — Mariah Carey will be joining "American Idol" as a judge next season, filling the female diva slot and removing any last sliver of doubt that Jennifer Lopez is really leaving.
Fox Entertainment President Kevin Reilly, wearing a grin as big as Carey’s list of hits, confirmed the hire on the phone with Carey in front of television critics Monday.
He was less forthcoming about her salary, which is reported by multiple sources to be $12 million for her first season.
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That’s the same rate at which Lopez was hired. Lopez reportedly made $15 million her second season, during which the show’s ratings tumbled, and unconfirmed sources said she was rebuffed when she asked for a raise to return for season three.