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Top 20 Highest-Paid Reality, News, And Talk Show Hosts On TV In 2017

There’s probably something we can all agree on, it is the women who rule the roost in the world of television hosting, with ladies occupying 6 of the top 10 spots, according to the Variety estimated annual salary survey, 2017.

We want to salute these amazing ladies who have made it to the top!

Here’s how much your favorite TV show hosts make?

Ellen DeGeneres tops the ranking, DeGeneres will earn $50 million this year, while Judith Sheindlin (Judge Judy) ranked No. 2 on the list – expected to take home $48 million.

There is a tie for 3rd with Matt Lauer and Katy Perry both making $25 million each. Kelly Ripa lands in 5th with $22 million, followed by another tie between Robin Roberts and Megyn Kelly.

Here are the salaries for the top 20 highest-paid reality, news and talk show hosts on TV:

  1. Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated), $50 million
  2. Judith Sheindlin, “Judge Judy” (syndicated), $47 million
  3. Matt Lauer, NBC’s “TODAY” show, $25 million
  4. Katy Perry, ABC’s “American Idol,” $25 million
  5. Kelly Ripa, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (syndicated), $22 million
  6. Megyn Kelly, NBC News, $18 million
  7. Robin Roberts, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” $18 million
  8. Jimmy Fallon, NBC’s “Tonight Show,” $16 million
  9. Stephen Colbert, CBS’ “The Late Show,” $15 million
  10. Jimmy Kimmel, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” $15 million
  11. Pat Sajak, “Wheel of Fortune” (syndicated), $15 million
  12. Ryan Seacrest, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (syndicated), $15 million
  13. George Stephanopoulos, ABC News, $15 million
  14. Anderson Cooper, CNN, $12 million
  15. David Letterman, untitled forthcoming interview show (Netflix), $12 million
  16. Conan O’Brien, TBS’ “Conan,” $12 million
  17. Ryan Seacrest, ABC’s “American Idol,” $12 million
  18. Alec Baldwin, ABC’s “Match Game,” $3 million
  19. Jamie Foxx, Fox’s “Beat Shazam,” $3 million
  20. Mike Myers, ABC’s “The Gong Show,” $3 million

Infographic: Top 20 highest-paid reality, news and talk show hosts on TV

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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