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TV's Highest Paid Stars Revealed

TV's Highest Paid Stars Revealed

TV Guide Magazine has come out with a list of the small screen’s highest paid stars!

House‘s Hugh Laurie and Two and a Half Men‘s newest star, Ashton Kutcher, come out on top in the drama and comedy categories, respectively, each earning $700,000 per episode.

Simon Cowell takes the reality TV crown, pocketing $75 million per season. Christina Aguilera makes $225,000 per The Voice episode, while her co-coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Cee Lo Green each earn $75,000.

David Letterman takes home $28 million a year, followed by Jay Leno with $25 million and Conan O’Brien at $10 million.

Also listed in TV Guide Magazine‘s cover story: Mariska Hargitay ($395,000 per Law & Order: SVU episode), Blake Lively ($60,000 per Gossip Girl episode), Kelly Ripa ($20 million per year for Live with Regis and Kelly), and Anderson Cooper ($11 million for his work with CNN).

Snooki also made the cut, earning $100,000 per Jersey Shore episode!

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36 Responses to “TV's Highest Paid Stars Revealed”

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  1. 1
    IllWill Says:

    good for them, now waiting for all those people who complain that they all make to much

  2. 2
    sillyme Says:

    I have no problem with how much they make. But, these celebs should watch out because their pal in the White House DOES think they make too much and he will be coming after their money very soon, LOL.

  3. 3
    carol Says:

    I’m just saying it seems a little ridiculous that they make that much money and then turn around and try to have opinions for about the economy and homelessness and all the other issues going on. I seriously don’t understand how this country works sometimes. Obviously the money is there it’s just not going to the right causes. Priorities people. That’s all.

  4. 4
    Slig o lambert ^___^cute Says:

    Old cover

  5. 5
    Lindsey kingsley Says:

    That was so cool,i love it and keep it up

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    loverducky Says:

    Not complaining about the amounts in general…not really surprised there..but how on earth does Kelly Ripa make 20 mill…not all that much less (and two times more than Conan) than talkshow hosts who have been doing this for a lot longer, and actually have some cred (at least Letterman), and aren’t just glorified sidekicks!

  7. 7
    BEAN Says:

    SIMON COWELL GETS 75 MILLION A YEAR? OH MY LAAAAAAWD

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    cindy Says:

    Christina Aguilera deserves what she is paid for on The Voice if not more since she get’s bashed like no other on that show yet she’s super talented. Go Kelly Ripa making money for that talk show. Simon Cowell is overrated with how much he gets paid don’t care for his new show. Interesting list thanks for posting.

  9. 9
    Yo-Landi Says:

    Christina Aguilera <3 I too never could understand how and WHY celebrities get SO much money and then go around and claim for charity (something worse than awful is when celebs like Alicia Keys ask us regular folks to give our hard earned money to their associations when they have millions! ugh). I know they earned it all. All of them. They must have had hard moments like all of us and worked even harder to get there but yeah…… Maybe it’s just the way it should be. Some are more successful than others. And that leads to some having enough money to feed all of Africa (but would never do it, don’t ask me why) and some being so poor that they end up…. well…. dying? from hunger and diseases and everything. It’s just that hierarchy in society that sickens me. I have nothing against celebrities cause I’m here and I love being entertained by music, movies etc.Admit it, no matter how much hatred each celebrity gets, they are much loved and people care so much that they want to see them running errands and could actually follow them in the bathroom to get a It’s just life that’s unfair. The only moral it all has is WORK people. And dream. Maybe one day you’ll get there :) One can dream.

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    Yo-Landi Says:

    Christina Aguilera <3 I too never could understand how and WHY celebrities get SO much money and then go around and claim for charity (something worse than awful is when celebs like Alicia Keys ask us regular folks to give our hard earned money to their associations when they have millions! ugh). I know they earned it all. All of them. They must have had hard moments like all of us and worked even harder to get there but yeah…… Maybe it’s just the way it should be. Some are more successful than others. And that leads to some having enough money to feed all of Africa (but would never do it, don’t ask me why) and some being so poor that they end up…. well…. dying? from hunger and diseases and everything. It’s just that hierarchy in society that sickens me. I have nothing against celebrities cause I’m here and I love being entertained by music, movies etc.Admit it, no matter how much hatred each celebrity gets, they are much loved and people care so much that they want to see them running errands and could actually follow them in the bathroom to get a pic. It’s just life that’s unfair. The only moral it all has is WORK people. And dream. Maybe one day you’ll get there :) One can dream.

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    GossipGirlFan Says:

    I think the writers should get paid more than the actors. They are the ones who spend hours & hours in a room coming up with the material & they hardly get any credit for their work. Producers & Directors should get paid just as much as well as the crew. They are the ones who make the show come together. The actors just say their lines & most of them don’t have that much talent. I really hope Leighten Meester gets paid more than Blake. I love Blake too but Leighten is clearly the better actress. Just my opinion. The writers & crew should get more recognition than the actors. They work just as hard even more in some cases.

  12. 12
    Jessica Rabbit Says:

    It baffles me that someone with no talent like Snooki earns twice as much as Blake Lively! I mean hey, one can argue that Blake isn’t talented too, but my concern is with these no-talent losers raking in more money than respected actors in respected shows. Disgusting!

  13. 13
    not fair Says:

    Jay should be paid more than Creepy Dave. Jay is the King of Late Night and has the ratings too.

  14. 14
    Amy Says:

    i love Mariska and love the show but i think its really sad that she make so much more than a cop or detective. she is playing a role and they actually do the hard work!!!!!!!

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    jessa Says:

    wowww Christina makes 3x as much as her male co-hosts!!
    When in the rest of society females make 75% of males in the same job, that is really great :)

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    kelley Says:

    i dont understand why entertainers make so much and teachers, soldiers.. people who actually affect minds, hearts, freedom, and stand for honor and anything worth anything make so obscenely less.
    i mean really, who needs to be paid $700,000 for filming a half hour comedy show??

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    LopezToday Says:

    Christina Aguilera deserves every penny! She’s a LEGEND!

  18. 18
    Luis Says:

    You are complaining about how much tv stars make a year?

    complain about how much sports stars (soccer, baseball, etc) make in 1 year for practically doing nothing to society.

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    jojo Says:

    Christina Aguilera deserves as cindy says she get’s bashed on that show and she is talented.

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    BeeKeeper Says:

    Xtina deserves that much…considering she is is a mega-super-star compared to her co-coaches, who are great in their own rights btw. Im sure is will be getting about 750,000+ next season and the others around 500K each.

  21. 21
    jackie Says:

    I love that Christina makes more than the rest of the Voice stars. Everyone knows who the star is!

  22. 22
    dee Says:

    OMG Snookie makes more per episode than CeeLo Adam Levine and Blake. Yikes!

  23. 23
    loverducky Says:

    @not fair:

    I believe Dave has his own production company, so he sees more earnings than other late night hosts, even if his rating are lower. (I happen to like Dave a whole lot more too…but that’s just my opinion)

  24. 24
    Mari Says:

    Ashton Kutcher??? I basically understand the rest of them…but Ashton Kutcher?

  25. 25
    K Says:

    Someone needs to get rid of those Jersey Shore famewhores stat. It’s annoying that they are getting paid so damn much for their non-existent talent.

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