The list of the highest paid TV hosts has been revealed and the person at the top of the list is none other than Judge Judy.
According to Forbes, Judge Judy ranks numero uno after selling the rights to her show library for a whopping $100 million, add that to the $47 million she gets for hosting “Judge Judy” and producing “Hot Bench” and you can see why she’s on top. Ellen Degeneres is number two at $87.5 million, and Dr Phil rounds out the top three earners with $77.5 million. To round out the top five, you have Ryan Seacrest fourth making an astonishing $74 milllion, and Steve Harvey is fifth with $44 million.
Did the top five list surprise you at all? Is there someone that you thought would be in the top five that isn’t?
USA Today reported:
Here’s a look at the annual pay of this year’s top TV hosts, with earnings estimated from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018:
1. Judy Sheindlin
“Judge Judy” star, 76, $147 million
2. Ellen DeGeneres
“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” host, 60, $87.5 million
3. Dr. Phil McGraw
“Dr. Phil” host, 68, $77.5 million
4. Ryan Seacrest
“Live With Kelly and Ryan” and “American Idol” host, 43, $74 million
5. Steve Harvey
“Family Feud,” “Steve,” “Miss Universe” and “Little Big Shots” host, 61, $44 million
Dropping out of the top 5 this year: “America’s Got Talent” judge Simon Cowell.
Judge Judy presides over her courtroom and the rest of television as 2018's highest paid TV host. https://t.co/nogeBCv6zA— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 27, 2018