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The Surprising Top Earning Star In TV

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kearthevents Britt Bickel
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Have you always wanted to know who made what in TV? Well, now you can with TV Guide’s annual salary survey of TV stars based on talks with agents, network executives and studio heads.

But the highest-earning star might not be who you would expect to top the list. Blowing every other television star’s salary out of the water is the toughest judge in town – Judge Judy, who earned an astounding $45 million through her syndicated court show this year.

Other top salaries in TV Guide’s various television categories include David Letterman as the highest paid late-night host with $25 million; Mark Harmon of NCIS as the top paid in drama with $500,000; Ashton Kutcher of Two and a Half Men with $700,000; Matt Lauer of the Today Show as the highest paid in news with $21.5 million; and before even making her debut on American Idol next season, Mariah Carey comes in as the highest paid reality star with $17 million.

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