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Judge Judy is Now the Highest-Paid TV Host

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:

  1. Judith Sheindlin: $147 million; Judge Judy
  2. Ellen DeGeneres: $87.5 million; The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  3. Phil McGraw: $77.5 million; Dr. Phil
  4. Ryan Seacrest: $74 million; Live with Kelly and Ryan, American Idol
  5. Steve Harvey: $44 million; Family Feud, Steve
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