Ah, she isn't making that much money. Most of it still goes to American Idol. I read that the winners have to give a huge portion of their winnings to AI or something. I never watched that show - the only year I came close was when some hillybilly named Bo something or other came close to winning and everyone around me was talking about him like he was the next Carlos Santana or something. A girl I worked with wanted to watch him one night at work and I let her watch (against my better judgement) and ended up regretting it, and found a stack of papers to file.
As far as celebrities, they have every right to say what they want to say - they just have to be prepared for the backlash. Honestly, I've never understood why people put so much stock in what celebrities say, anyway.