Who Is the Highest-Paid Host on TV in 2018?
Court is now in order!
This year, Judge Judy star Judy Sheindlin became the highest-paid TV host for the first time ever, according to the latest annual ranking of TV host incomes put together by Forbes. She reportedly made a staggering $147 million pre-tax last year. The number comes from two things. First, there is her salary for hosting Judge Judy and producing Hot Bench ($47 million).
He topped Forbes' annual list ahead of his other 'Big Bang Theory' co-stars.
Additionally, Sheindlin signed a very lucrative deal with CBS in which she sold the syndication rights to Judge Judy’s 5,000+ library of episodes and the rights to future episodes of the show, for $100 million.
Ellen DeGeneres came in second on Forbes' list with an estimated $87.5 million. Her earnings are from her show, producing, and the deal for her upcoming Netflix stand-up special.
Third is Dr. Phil McGraw, who earned $77.5 million. He, of course, has his Dr. Phil talk show, which he hosts and executive-produces. He also EPs the CBS drama Bull, The Doctors, and Daily Mail TV.
Pauley Perrette, Sofia Vergara, Kaley Cuoco, and more top this year's list.
Number four is Ryan Seacrest. He made $74 million from his many projects including hosting American Idol and co-hosting Live with Kelly & Ryan.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Steve Harvey, with $44 million, from his daytime show and various other hosting gigs like Miss America.
Dinner is on them!