THE BIG TALKERS
They are glib, charming, insulting, cranky, funny, learned, loud, insightful — we’re talking TV hosts here — who chat, judge, entertain, bloviate and moderate their way through popular day and nighttime shows with ease. They get paid a lot too. From Forbes, here are the world’s highest paid TV hosts — all of them deemed “powerful brands, and highly trusted by their audiences.”
In first place is Phil McGraw — “Dr. Phil” — with an annual salary of $79 million. Ellen Degeneres is in second place with $77 million a year, followed by Ryan Seacrest ($58 million), “Judge Judy” Sheindlin ($47 million), Simon Cowell ($43.5 million), Steve Harvey ($42.5 million), Bill O’Reilly (37 million), Sean Hannity ($36 million), Michael Strayhan ($21.5 million) and Heidi Klum ($21 million).