Forbes announced the highest paid TV hosts and leading the pack was Judge-Judy.The daytime TV judge took home a whooping $147 million after selling the rights to her Judge Judy’s 5,200-episode library as well as future episodes of the show to CBS for an estimated $100 million adding to the $47 million she is paid for hosting Judge Judy and producing Hot Bench.She is the 48th-richest self-made woman now worth an astounding 400 million.
Ellen DeGeneres took second place pocketing $87,500,000 this year after being the first woman to receive $20 million for a Netflix stand-up special.This added to the eight-figure salary she is paid for hosting her show The Ellen DeGeneres catapulted her to second place.The comedian also gets millions more in producer salaries and licensing fees.
Psychologist and TV host Dr. Phil McGraw took third place taking home a total of $77,500,000thanks to being an executive producer on shows like The Bull, The Doctors and Daily Mail TV. McGraw also co founded Doctors on Demand an app that connects people with psychologists and physicians.
TV host and Keeping Up With The Kardashians producer Ryan Seacrest took fourth place earning a total of $74,000,000 this year alone.The Live with Kelly and Ryan and American Idol host was paid eight-figure cheques for both gigs landing him in fourth place.
Actor and comedian Steve Harvey took fifth place taking home $44,000,000 thanks to his show The Steve Harvey show that was renewed for a second season.The former actor also hosts Family Feud one of four game shows that pay him lucratively.
All earnings estimates are from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018. Figures are pretax; fees for agents, managers and lawyers are not deducted. Earnings estimates are based on data from Nielsen, Box Office Mojo and IMDB, as well as interviews with industry insiders.