Megyn Kelly is reportedly out at NBC — here’s how her $69 million contract stacked up against other top TV hosts

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NBC’s huge bet on Megyn Kelly has gone bust.

Her daytime show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” has been dealing with poor ratings, but the final straw came when she made remarks defending blackface during a segment earlier this week. According to the Daily Mail, Kelly is now out at the network.

This is following the hefty $69 million salary (over three years) to lure Kelly from Fox News.

Last August, Variety compiled the biggest estimated annual salaries of reality, news, and talk show hosts. There were newbies to the game like Mike Meyers and Jamie Foxx, and big hitters like Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres, and Judith Sheindlin (you know her better as Judge Judy).

Here were some of the top paid hosts, as estimated by Variety last summer:

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


Katy Perry (“American Idol”) – $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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