MSNBC’s breakout rating star Rachel Maddow has just signed a hugely lucrative new deal with NBCUniversal. As the Daily Beast first reported, Rachel’s salary has increased from $ 7 million to a staggering $ 30 million a year. Counterintuitively, the massive new contract actually entitles them to a LIGHTER workload. Maddow has reportedly taken offers from several other media companies, including Disney and Warner, to poach them from their current MSNBC digs.
It was originally reported that Maddow is considering leaving her longtime home at MSNBC to start her own business. If that was a negotiating tactic, it was incredibly brilliant. NBC has apparently pulled out all the stops to keep them on board at least until the 2024 presidential election.
Maddow reportedly wanted to spend a lot more time at home with her family than a daily TV show would allow, and the new deal allows MSNBC to keep one of their only real rating stars in the house while he tries to find a way out find to replace him – a task that won’t be an easy task as none of Maddow’s other MSNBC primetime presenters seem anywhere near the popularity it has achieved in recent years.
As mentioned earlier, Rachel will actually do less work under her new contract. Rachel has hosted an evening newscast on MSNBC for the past 13 years. The new deal allows Rachel to run a weekly program for 30 weeks a year.
In other words, her new contract pays essentially $ 1 million per work week.
At $ 30 million a year, Rachel will easily be one of the highest paid people on TV. Rachel’s new contract puts her on par with many of the highest paid athletes in all major sports. If she were a baseball player, she would be the eleventh highest paid player in the league, earning a little more than Albert Pujols and a little less than Clayton Kershaw. She would be the 30 highest paid NBA player. She would be the 10th highest paid NFL player.