Judge Judy is TV's highest-paid star
Her $47 million a year dominates daytime and is nearly double the salary of second-place Jon Stewart.
Judith "Judge Judy" Sheindlin is the highest-paid personality on U.S. TV, according to TV Guide, and has become so basically by reviving the courtroom show and being a more belligerent, quotable Judge Wapner. The show just took home its first-ever Emmy Award -- for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program -- and continues its run of daytime dominance as competitors including Oprah Winfrey's long-running talk show and "Judge Joe Brown" fall by the wayside.
How long has Judge Judy been berating hopeless family court defendants who would have been better served going though the standard court system away from prying, judging, questionably employed eyes?
Not only are the children born when her show first went on the air driving now, but the woman who first spoofed Judge Judy on "Saturday Night Live," Cheri Oteri, hasn't been a cast member since 2000.
That consistency and longevity doesn't come cheap. The second-highest paid personality behind Sheindlin, Jon Stewart of "The Daily Show," is paid $25 million to $30 million a year after building a loyal audience and drawing young eyes to Viacom's (VIA) Comedy Central since 1999. His show is regularly the top late-night program among viewers ages 18 to 49, the demographic advertisers love, and is especially popular with the younger members of that age group.
Much of the reason Matt Lauer has been under scrutiny this year is that $20 million to $25 million Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC is paying him this year to co-host "Today" isn't translating into ratings. That said, Lauer's paycheck still puts him in some rare company. Only Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" deal with NBC and David Letterman's "Late Show" contract with CBS (CBS) generate come anywhere near what Lauer, Stewart and Sheindlin earn. Those five are the only people in TV making $20 million a year or more.
Not that the networks aren't shelling out for other talent. CBS is giving Ashton Kutcher $750,000 an episode -- or more than $19 million per season -- to keep "Two and a Half Men" on life support.
Meanwhile, "Big Bang Theory" stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco are expected to get $1 million an episode when their contracts are renewed after the upcoming season. That makes their current $325,000-an-episode haul seem like a bargain by comparison.
Seriously though, who cares about this garbage.
Shame on me for reading it .
Oprah's going to be pisssed off now! Just goes to show you that it takes no talent to succeed in Hollywood (see Oprah for another example.....)
She's tough, educated, and tells it like it is... or, at least how it should be.
SHE'S AGAINST THE WELFARE TRASH SCAMMING ALL OF THE TAXPAYERS and for that, I appreciate her show.
Judge Judy is a farce.. obnoxious and mean.. has to be acting as it's one of the most ridiculous shows on TV.. Nobody needs to get that amount of money, least of all her... If anyone deserves to be in the high rankings in pay, it should be people from 60 minutes that cover real news not "glitz and glamour" of night tv.. I thought Mark Harmon would be up there but evidently not.. Ashton Kuchar is okay I guess.. good actor and crew from Big Bang do very well, but all are getting too much, period!!!
So who is going to complain about CEO salaries now???
47 million dollars a year?
I bet she is just squeaking by on that.
I do not know that I have ever watched a whole episode. She is very annoying and holier than though..
Of course if I was making 47 million a year I would be holier than though too...
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