The Insanely Large Paychecks Of 19 TV Personalities

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TV Guide recently released its annual salary report, a list which rounds up the paychecks of some of television’s highest-paid actors and TV personalities.

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(TIE) 17. Chelsea Handler: $US10 million

Handler reportedly signed a $10 million deal with Netflix recently consisting of several comedy specials and a talk show for the streaming service. Handler previously made between $8 million and $12 million for her E! show over the past two years.

(TIE) 17. Jimmy Kimmel: $US10 million

Kimmel's 'Lie Witness News' and 'Celebrities Read Mean Tweets' sketches have been big hits on the ABC late-night show.

(TIE) 17. Shepard Smith: $US10 million

The FOX News anchor's contract was renewed last year. Smith was also named both the host of 'Shepard Smith Reporting' and the managing editor of the network's new breaking news division.

(TIE) 15. Anderson Cooper: $US11 million

Cooper has been hosting his CNN show 'Anderson Cooper 360' since 2003. Last year, Cooper's syndicated talk show 'Anderson Live' was cancelled after two years.

(TIE) 15. Jimmy Fallon: $US11 million

The new 'Tonight Show' host didn't get a raise when he left 'Late Night.' However, that may change since Fallon has been dominating in the ratings since he took over hosting duties in February.

(TIE) 13. Pat Sajak: $US12 million

Pat Sajak can't believe a contestant correctly guessed 'New Baby Buggy' earlier this year with minimal clues.

Sajak has been hosting 'Wheel of Fortune' for more than 31 years. Last year, Sajak told The Huffington Post he may be nearing the end of his time hosting the game show; however, he still has another few years on air.

(TIE) 13. Conan O'Brien: $US12 million

Conan O'Brien speaks onstage at the 2014 TBS and TNT upfront.

O'Brien's switch to TBS has proved more profitable than his late-night network competition. He has been hosting 'Conan' since 2010 on the network. This past May, O'Brien signed a new deal to stay on TBS through 2018.

12. Brian Williams: $US13 million

The 'NBC Nightly News' host reportedly makes the same as he did before Williams' 'Rock Center' was cancelled in 2013.

11. Robin Roberts: $US14 million

The 'Good Morning America' co-host received a big pay bump from last year when it was estimated she made $US6 million per year. Roberts has been a co-anchor on 'GMA' since May 2005.

(TIE) 9. Howard Stern: $US15 million

Stern is currently hosting his third season of 'America's Got Talent.' According to Forbes, Stern earned a total of $95 million between June 2012 and 2013 for both 'AGT' and his Sirius Satellite radio deal which was extended in 2010 for five years.

(TIE) 9. Ryan Seacrest: $US15 million

Seacrest received a $5 million raise after signing a two-year hosting deal for 'American Idol' back in 2012. He has hosted the reality singing competition since it started airing in 2002 on Fox.

8. Jennifer Lopez: $US17.5 million

A celebrity judge on 'American Idol' since 2011, Lopez is also working on an NBC FBI drama 'Shades of Blue' which she will executive produce with Ryan Seacrest.

7. Bill O'Reilly: $US18 million

'The O'Reilly Factor' host's salary is up one million from last year. The FOX series is currently the top-watched cable news show with an average of 2.4 million viewers.

6. Kelly Ripa: $US14-$20 million

Ripa took over hosting duties on 'Live!' in 2011 after the departure of Regis Philbin. The former soap opera actress has been a part of the morning show since 2001. Her co-star, Michael Strahan, reportedly receives $US6 million per year for 'Live!' in addition to his $US4 million yearly salary from Fox Sports for his role as an analyst on 'Fox NFL Sunday.'

5. Ellen DeGeneres: $US16-$20 million

'Ellen' has been on the airwaves for more than a decade. The NBC talk show is currently renewed through 2017. Last year, Ellen hosted the Oscars during which she took the most retweeted selfie ever.

4. David Letterman: $US20 million

The longest-running late-night host will retire next year from 'The Late Show' and hand the reigns over to Stephen Colbert.

3. Matt Lauer: $US22-$25 million

The 'Today' show host signed a contract worth a reported $US25 million in 2012 for a multiyear deal. Since Ann Curry's tumultous departure from the morning show, Lauer has worked to rebuild both his image and

the morning show which took a rating's dive.

2. Jon Stewart: $US25-$30 million

Stewart is the highest-paid late-night host on television for his satirical 'Comedy Central' series 'The Daily Show.' He has been hosting the talk show since 1999.

Recently, Stewart took three months off last year to work on his directorial debut, 'Rosewater,' about a journalist taken prisoner and tortured in Iraq for over 100 days.

1. Judge Judy Sheindlin: $US47 million

Judge Judy is still the highest-paid celebrity on TV. Sheindlin's 'Judge Judy' continues to be the most-watched syndicated show during the week with an average of 9 million viewers. TV Guide reported that 'Judge Judy' brought in $230 million in advertising in 2012.

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