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Highest-paid TV host revealed – and they're pulling in £ 115 million a year



It's official Judge judy host Judy Sheindlin is the highest paid TV host, earning $ 147 million (£ 115 million) last year.

Via ForbesJudge Judy takes the top spot, followed by Ellen DeGeneres, Dr Phil McGraw, Ryan Seacrest and Steve Harvey.

Here's what they all earned in 2017:

5. Steve Harvey – $ 44 million

4. Ryan Seacrest – $ 74 million

3. Dr. Phil McGraw – $ 77,500,000

2. Ellen DeGeneres – $ 87,500,000

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1. Judy Sheindlin – $ 147 million

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(All earnings estimates are from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018.)

Last year, Sheindlin sold the rights to Judge's 5,200-episode library, as well as future episodes, to CBS for an estimated $ 100 million.

This will explain why she is now numero uno (Judy was # 4 in Forbes'report last year, as her annual salary for Judge judy is estimated at $ 47 million a year.

In 2017, Dr. Phil McGraw earned the most, at $ 79 million between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017, while Ellen was in second place with $ 77 million and American Idol and Live with Kelly and Ryan Host Seacrest was in third with $ 58 million.

Ellen DeGeneres

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Related: Ellen DeGeneres gives away $ 1 million to her studio audience

Judge judy average more than 10 million daily viewers in its 23rd season, while Dr. Phil attracts nearly 4 million viewers.

Meanwhile, Seacrest's earnings increased from $ 58 million to $ 74 million this year, and DeGeneres's income also went up by about $ 10 million.


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