Gareth Cliff earned R356 160 for every 10 sessions of the singing contest Idols he judged.
This was revealed in court papers on Tuesday.
The radio personality is suing M-Net for unfair dismissal and defamation after being fired from Idols SA after commenting on a racist post by Penny Sparrow.
The channel admitted Cliff is not a racist, but decided to fire him because of his failure to show empathy.
Cliff is claiming R25 million from M-Net.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chairman Dali Mpofu represents Cliff.
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