Last weekend we learned that the currently rehabbing Lindsay Lohan signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey and her OWN television network to appear on a multi-episode “docu-series” (ie. reality show) where she will document her “struggle to to stay healthy” once she is released from rehab next month. Today we are hearing just how much money Lindsay will be paid for her involvement in this show and if this report from TMZ is to be believed, she is set to make a cool $2 million. Lohan has turned down other offers to appear on reality TV but it sounds like she simply couldn’t resist Oprah‘s offer … and money. Wow.
Lindsay Lohan’s guts don’t come cheap, because we found out she’s spilling them to Oprah at a cost of around $2 million. Sources close to Lindsay tell us … The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has been negotiating with Lindsay for 4 months. The plan — an 8-part docu-series about Lindsay’s struggles, her career and her plans for the future — but we’re guessing it’s mostly about her struggles. It’s a better deal for Lindsay than just taking her top off. For that … Playboy paid her a measly $1 mil. Ironically … Lindsay’s latest rehab stint may have scored her more cash, because of the drama and interest created around almost going to jail, firing her lawyer, going to Betty Ford, bailing from Betty Ford … and on and on. Sources tell us … Lindsay actually signed the deal at Betty Ford. Lindsay got some perks from Oprah as well — as in TWO fully-paid assistants and a stylist.
While this deal looks to be a financial boon for Lindsay, I can’t help but think that it just looks like she is being paid a lot of money for her bad behavior. On the one hand, I would love for this “docu-series” to be the avenue by which Lindsay finally turns her life around. On the other, more realistic hand, it feels like more of the same. Lindsay does something bad, she kinda gets “punished” and then she is rewarded for having gotten in trouble in the first place. I have to say, I’m actually surprised that Oprah would agree to do a show like this. A Lindsay Lohan reality TV series is something I’d expect from a different television network. Clearly, at least to me, Oprah is hoping that the notoriety of Lohan‘s story will bring ratings to OWN … and she’s willing to shell out a considerable amount of money for the opportunity. I’m not quite convinced that the investment will pay off but I suppose it’s never wise to underestimate the public’s desire to watch a potential trainwreck unfold on TV. We shall see how all of this pans out. Do you think you will be tuning in to watch Lindsay‘s struggle on OWN? Does this sound like a show that appeals to you?