Judge Judy is the Highest Paid TV Star
Judge Judy Sheindlin is the highest paid TV personality, earning $45 million per year.
Matt Lauer makes $21.5 million a year for doing two hours in the morning and David Letterman makes $28 million for doing an hour at night.
But if you’re looking for the biggest on-camera earner on TV, the verdict is clear: Judge Judy Sheindlin, whose annual pay for her syndicated afternoon court show is $45 million, according to the annual “Who Earns What” survey by TV Guide.
Simon Cowell of Fox’s “X Factor” actually earns more, notes survey coauthor Stephen Battaglio, with Forbes magazine estimating his annual income at $90 million. But much of that comes from production and show ownership.
The TV Guide report, which hits newsstands Thursday, says Sheindlin’s fellow syndicated TV judge Joe Brown earns $20 million – the same as Kelly Ripa for her syndicated morning show. No wonder no one’s in any hurry to get her a partner.
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