Here’s how much your favorite TV show hosts make

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Ellen DeGeneres.
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Whether it’s movie stars or directors, everyone is flocking to TV and streaming lately to cash in. But the money has always been there for TV show hosts.

They are the ones who are in our living rooms on a daily basis, and since the 1950s executives have shaped TV hosts – whether they be on morning shows or late night – to have a quality that makes them almost feel like they are part of our family. And that leads to big bucks.

Variety has compiled the biggest estimated annual salaries of reality, news, and talk show hosts. There’s newbies to the game like Mike Meyers, Jamie Foxx, and Megyn Kelly, and then there are the big hitters like Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, and Judith Sheindlin (you know here better as Judge Judy).

Here are the top 20 paid hosts:

Note: Some of these figures below include fees for producing and back-end compensation.


Mike Myers (“The Gong Show”) – $3 million

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Jamie Foxx (“Beat Shazam”) – $ 3 million

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Alec Baldwin (“Match Game”) – $3 million

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Ryan Seacrest (“American Idol”) – $12 million

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Conan O’Brien (“Conan”) – $12 million

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David Letterman (Untitled Netflix Interview Show) – $12 million

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Anderson Cooper (CNN) – $12 million

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George Stephanopoulos (ABC News) – $15 million

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Ryan Seacrest (“Live with Kelly & Ryan”) – $15 million


Pat Sajak (“Wheel of Fortune”) – $15 million

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Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live!”) – $15 million

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Stephen Colbert (“The Late Show”) – $15 million

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Jimmy Fallon (“The Tonight Show”) – $16 million

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Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”) – $18 million

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Megyn Kelly (NBC News) – $18 million


Kelly Ripa (“Live with Kelly & Ryan”) – $22 million


Katy Perry (“American Idol”) – $25 million

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Matt Lauer (“Today”) – $25 million

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Judith Sheindlin (“Judge Judy”) – $47 million

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Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”) – $50 million

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