Judge Judy (Sheindlin) is officially the highest-paid host on TV, pushing Ellen DeGeneres into second place.
Judy sold the rights to past and future episodes of the show to CBS for an estimated $100 million last year. Combined with salaries for hosting the show and producing “Hot Bench”, Sheindlin brought in $147 million.
Here’s the top 5:
- Judith Sheindlin: $147 million; Judge Judy
- Ellen DeGeneres: $87.5 million; The Ellen DeGeneres Show
- Phil McGraw: $77.5 million; Dr. Phil
- Ryan Seacrest: $74 million; Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol
- Steve Harvey: $44 million; Family Feud, Steve