The Highest-Paid TV Hosts

By on November 2, 2016 in ArticlesEntertainment

Hosting a talk show, game show, or talent show is big business for the highest-paid hosts. The 20 highest-paid TV hosts made a combined $498 million over the past year.

Jimmy Kimmel is the poorest host on the list and he brings home $12 million a year. It's a good gig if you can get it! Dr. Phil McGraw is the highest-paid host of the past year, with $88 million in earnings, but Ellen DeGeneres is nipping at his heels with her hefty $75 million take.

Dr. Phil's $88 million is his highest-ever earnings. He gets a pretty big cut of the profits from his talk show. He is also a producer of The Doctors and has endorsement deals with AARP and AstraZeneca that help his bottom line.

Ellen DeGeneres also takes home a big piece of her show's earnings. Ellen is watched by 3.6 million people every day. Ellen also benefits from her popular mobile game Heads Up! as well as her role in Finding Dory and her endorsement deal with CoverGirl. Ellen is one of six women on the list.

Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek made the list for their gigs on Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! The long time hosts have been at their respective gigs for 35 and 32 years.

The salaries of the hosts of morning shows account for $98 million of the total salaries. Matt Lauer comes in at number five with his $25 million for hosting the Today show. He's followed by Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Michael Strahan. Kelly Ripa also made the list for her Live duties.

Four late night hosts also made the list. Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert made a combined $54.5 million.

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Here are the 20 Highest-Paid TV Hosts:

#20. Jimmy Kimmel – $12 million

Jimmy Kimmel Live

#18 Conan O'Brien – $12.5 million


#18 Drew Carey – $12.5 million

The Price is Right

#17 Steve Harvey – $14.5 million

The Steve Harvey Show

#12 Jimmy Fallon – $15 million

The Tonight Show

#12 George Stephanopoulos – $15 million

Good Morning America

#12 Pat Sajak – $15 million

Wheel of Fortune

#12 Stephen Colbert – $15 million

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

#12 Megyn Kelly – $15 million

The Kelly File

#11 Alex Trebek – $16.5 million


#9 Michael Strahan – $17 million

Good Morning America

#9 Kelly Ripa – $17 million

Live with Kelly

#8 Robin Roberts – $18 million

Good Morning America

#7 Bill O'Reilly – $18.5 million

The O'Reilly Factor

#6 Heidi Klum – $19 million

Project Runway, America's Got Talent, Germany's Next Top Model

#5 Matt Lauer – $25 million

The Today Show

#4 Judy Sheindlin – $47 million

Judge Judy

#3. Ryan Seacrest – $55 million

American Idol

#2 Ellen DeGeneres – $75 million


#1 Dr. Phil McGraw – $88 million

Dr. Phil

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