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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 Comments

# 1

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

# 2

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

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.

# 5
Lindsey kingsley @ 08/09/2011 at 8:29 pm

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

# 6
loverducky @ 08/09/2011 at 8:31 pm

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

SIMON COWELL GETS 75 MILLION A YEAR? OH MY LAAAAAAWD

# 8

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

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.

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.

GossipGirlFan @ 08/09/2011 at 8:56 pm

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.

Jessica Rabbit @ 08/09/2011 at 8:58 pm

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!

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

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!!!!!!!

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 :)

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??

LopezToday @ 08/09/2011 at 11:41 pm

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

loverducky @ 08/10/2011 at 12:30 am

@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)

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

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.

This is obscene….truly a sad Society that can come up with these salaries but can’t feed the homeless..something is wrong with this picture..Oh, and what a hard job Kelly Ripa has for her 20 mil a year. Sheesh.

Xtina The Best !! @ 08/10/2011 at 4:41 am

CHRISTINA AGUILERA THE BEST ! ;)$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Xtina The Best !! @ 08/10/2011 at 4:45 am

CHRISTINA AGUILERA THE BEST $$$$$$$$$$$

Wow. I have been watching the late night shows for almost 20 years and LetterMan has to be THE laziest host. I am surprised by his earnings. He just tells the same joke through most of the program. All the other guys have some enthusiasm for their audience.

Oh Ashton , really ? If i was Laurie i’d be like , i’m sorry i’m here since 8 years , the guy just show up and getes the same as me gimme more ! And Kelly Ripa seriously ? 20Millions ?

christinalover @ 08/10/2011 at 8:21 am

christina aguilera should earn as much as simon or at least as much as J. Ho. she is the greatest singer out there and was a really good coach on the voice

Anne Carol @ 08/10/2011 at 2:00 pm

@Amy:

I think Mariska deserves every penny he earns. She is fabulous on SVU. That your reasoning can not be applied in everyday life. Imagine if a police officer or detective can earn the salary of an actor. Celebrities are unique people
and special. They were born with the gift and talent to represent. And work hard. Meloni and Mariska (missing it will make) worked 16 hours a day.

Paul Rivas @ 08/10/2011 at 4:50 pm

I just wanna say this out loud: Christina Aguilera hater´s STAY MAD AND PRESSED! :)

Ashton is not worth the money, but if someone offered me that kind of cheddar, I’d take it lol. The kid on the show, Angus T. Jones’ salary was negotiated last year for $300,000 per episode with a $500,000 signing bonus. Guaranteed for 2 years. He is funny as h*ell.

christina aguilera needs to get paid more I mean her stature,celebrity and talent are priceless.mark burnett should pay her more…..jlo gets 20 million per season for what? and snooki for being wasted gets that amount sheesh!simon cowell tsk tsk tsk man that kind of money can feed lots of hungry people so overated so is ashton kutcher he is kelso for crying out loud

That’s crazy right there! Snooki makes that much for being a dumbass sex fiend on camera. All these celebs with all this money and I bet they don’t even know what to spend it on, and are so used to having so much money they forget the value. If I had all that money I would definetly give back alot of it to people who really need it. Don’t get me wrong I do respect what these people do for a living but I do in fact think they make too much.

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