Aug 23, 2017

Ellen, Judge Judy top list of  TV's highest-paid talk and news stars

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From Variety, estimated salaries of some of TV's highest-paid reality, news and talk show hosts:

  • Ellen DeGeneres, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (syndicated), $50 million
  • Judith Sheindlin, "Judge Judy" (syndicated), $47 million
  • Matt Lauer, NBC's "TODAY" show, $25 million
  • Katy Perry, ABC's "American Idol," $25 million
  • Kelly Ripa, "Live with Kelly and Ryan" (syndicated), $22 million

More top earners:

  • Megyn Kelly, NBC News, $18 million
  • Robin Roberts, ABC's "Good Morning America," $18 million
  • Jimmy Fallon, NBC's "Tonight Show," $16 million
  • Stephen Colbert, CBS' "The Late Show," $15 million
  • Jimmy Kimmel, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," $15 million
  • Pat Sajak, "Wheel of Fortune" (syndicated), $15 million
  • Ryan Seacrest, "Live with Kelly and Ryan" (syndicated), $15 million
  • George Stephanopoulos, ABC News, $15 million
  • Anderson Cooper, CNN, $12 million
  • David Letterman, untitled forthcoming interview show (Netflix), $12 million
  • Conan O'Brien, TBS' "Conan," $12 million
  • Ryan Seacrest, ABC's "American Idol," $12 million
  • Alec Baldwin, ABC's "Match Game," $3 million
  • Jamie Foxx, Fox's "Beat Shazam," $3 million
  • Mike Myers, ABC's "The Gong Show," $3 million

Go deeper ... Cover story by Cynthia Littleton, Managing Editor: Television (with charts for Drama, Comedy and Reality/News/Host) ... Salaries of TV's comedy stars (slide show) ... "The Fight for Equal Pay: Women, Minorities on TV Still Making Less Than White Men," by Senior TV Reporter Daniel Holloway.

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