After a decade at Fox, Gordon Ramsay is staying on at the network with a new two-year deal. Under the pact, Ramsay will deliver at least 80 more hours of programming over the next two years. (That doesn’t include the already completed upcoming seasons of MasterChef Jr. 4, and Hell’s Kitchen 15 and 16). The popular chef, who has been at Fox since 2005, just tweeted the news.
With American Idol on the downswing, Ramsay has emerged as Fox’s most valuable reality brand with three franchises: Hell’s Kitchen; Kitchen Nightmares, which recently ended a 10-year UK/U.S. run; and MasterChef, whose offshoot, MasterChef Jr., became a rare breakout in a saturated unscripted landscape. MasterChef Season 6 currently airs on Fox.
Ramsay also is one of the highest-paid reality stars, with Forbes recently estimating that he makes more than $400,000 per episode for his in-front and behind-the-camera services. The new Fox deal is expected to fetch at least that though reps for the fiery Brit declined comment.
Gordon is repped by CAA and attorney Tara Kole.