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TV salary rankings show Ellen on top and Megyn Kelly high

It is the ladies who rule the roost in the world of TV hosting, with women occupying six of the top ten spots on the annual Variety salary survey.

And at the very top of the list are two women who are making more than double their nearest competitors – Ellen DeGeneres and Judith Sheindlin.

DeGeneres will earn $50 million this year to play nice with her audience and ask polite questions to her celeb guests, while the now-iconic Judge Judy will take home $48 million to do the exact opposite. 

And Shiendlin is not the only woman on the least being generously compensated to judge people. 

 

Bow down: Ellen DeGeneres (above in January) will earn $50 million in 2017, narrowly edging out Judge Judy Sheindlin ($48 million) as the top-paid TV host

Megyn Kelly

Jimmy Fallon

Girl power: At NBC, Megyn Kelly (left) outearns Jimmy Fallon (right) as she makes $18 million with her new contract to his $16 million

Early fall shopping? Kelly beamed as she arrived at work Tuesday in an animal print sweater and black boots - despite a New York city heatwave

Early fall shopping? Kelly beamed as she arrived at work Tuesday in an animal print sweater and black boots – despite a New York city heatwave

Big shoes to fill: Robin Roberts (left) also makes more than George Stephanopoulos (right) over on ABC, with the senior host taking home $18 million to his $12 million

Big shoes to fill: Robin Roberts (left) also makes more than George Stephanopoulos (right) over on ABC, with the senior host taking home $18 million to his $12 million

It is a tie for third with Matt Lauer earning $25 million for his twentieth season as the lead anchor on ‘Today,’ tying him with Katy Perry.

The Grammy-winning songstress will be making the same amount as the news veteran for judging her very first season of the rebooted ‘American Idol.’

Kelly Ripa lands in fifth with $22 million, followed by another tie between Robin Roberts and Megyn Kelly.

The morning show hosts both earn $18 million for their work on competing networks, which is more than every single other late night host on the list.

Kelly’s salary is of particular interest given the amount of press that surrounded her move from Fox News to NBC, with her former employer offering her a reported four-year contract that would pay her a total of $100 million to stay on as host of ‘The Kelly File.’ 

Reports had her new salary as low as $12 million and most seemed to believe her contract was for $15 million, but it seems those numbers were all too low.

Kelly has been spending the past few weeks gearing up for her big morning show premiere next month on September 25 at 9am in front of a live studio audience.

On Tuesday morning, she appeared on a segment that was part of Today’s ‘Summer of Yes,’ which encourages people to try something out for the first time. 

For Kelly, that was dancing with ‘World of Dance’ judge Derek Hough, and she seemed to have a ball as she trotted, kicked and even flipped with her debonair dance partner. 

The segment also allowed Kelly and Hough to teach a young mother to dance in order to honor her late sister. 

Jimmy Kimmel

Stephen Colbert

Level playing field: Jimmy Kimmel (left) and Stephen Colbert (right) both take home $15 million for their late night shows

Rich kids of Instagram: Kelly Ripa makes $22 million for 'Live With Kelly and Ryan' while Ryan Seacrest makes $15 million, and another $12 million for the upcoming 'American Idol' reboot

Rich kids of Instagram: Kelly Ripa makes $22 million for ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ while Ryan Seacrest makes $15 million, and another $12 million for the upcoming ‘American Idol’ reboot

And while women may be underrepresented in late night, they at least know where the money is, as the first member of the boys club to bust onto the list is Jimmy Fallon, who with his $16 million salary lands in eighth.

The top ten is rounded out with a tie for ninth between Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert, who earn $15 million for their network late night shows.

King of the Hill: David Letterman is getting $2 million an episode for his Netflix show

King of the Hill: David Letterman is getting $2 million an episode for his Netflix show

Those two are not the only members of the $15 million club either, whose members also include ageless wonder Pat Sajak, who has been manning the turntable over at Wheel of Fortune since 1981, taking just a brief two-year break in the middle when tried his hand in late night.

George Stephanopoulos gets a cool $15 million too for his work on both ‘Good morning America,’ ‘This Week’ and ‘ABCNews,’ which is good deal less than his more senior co-worker Roberts.

And the last member of the $15 million gang is actually the highest paid male host in television, Ryan Seacrest.

That is due to the combination of the $15 million her gets for ‘Live With Kelly and Ryan’ along with the $12 million he is set to receive when he returns to host the new season of ‘Idol’ on ABC. 

Also banking $12 million this year will be CNN host Anderson Cooper, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman for his new Netflix show.

That new show will tape just six extended episodes however, meaning that Letterman is getting the last laugh with a per-episode pay rate of $2 million.

But will he finally shave? 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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