The verdict is in: Judge Judy Sheindlin is one really rich lady! According to TV Guide, the tough talking arbiter of justice rakes in a eye-popping $47,000,000 a year thanks to syndication deals for her popular courtroom show.
Who says politics doesn't pay? Jon Stewart now earns $25-30 million as host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central.
Matt Lauer may have fallen out of favor lately, but the "Today" host's bank account doesn't reflect tough times! He is still snagging somewhere between $22-$25 million from NBC.
There's nothing funny about Jay Leno's serious salary—he gets around $20 million to tell jokes and hobnob with celebrities on "The Tonight Show."
It seems $20 million is the going rate for top talk show talent! David Letterman pulls in the same yearly salary for his work on the "Late Show."
A filthy mouth can get you far! Too bad Howard Stern has to clean up his act on "America's Got Talent" (though for $15 million a year it's probably not a problem).
Jimmy Kimmel has ten million reasons to work extra hard each night as the host of "Jimmy Kimmel Live"—the show he created in 2003.
For $10 million a year, it's probably not too annoying to forever be referred to as "America's Sweetheart."
It pays to be the best! Rachel Maddow earns a reported $7 million for her top-rated MSNBC primetime program "The Rachel Maddow Show."
Don't judge! "American Idol" star Keith Urban is earning $5 million a year to critique kids hoping to make it in entertainment.
Blake Shelton is singing all the way to the bank—to the tune of $4 million per cycle as mentor on "The Voice."
Ashton Kutcher is earning $750,000 for each and every episode of "Two and a Half Men." That could really buy a lot of tiger blood!
Talk about Homeland Security! Claire Danes is financially very safe with her $250,000 payday for each episode she completes of her Showtime hit, "Homeland."
RuPaul's got She Mail! And it's a $50,000 check for each episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race" he shoots for the Logo network.
Reza Farahan's "Shahs of Sunset" earnings of $18,000 an episode doesn't seem like a ton, but it's certainly nothing to sneeze at!
Do your favorite stars rank among the highest paid on TV today?
TV Guide Magazine has come out with its annual survey of salaries and there are some old favorites (Judge Judy, anyone?) as well as some young up-and-comers (including a certain reality star). Click through the gallery for a sampling of what it pays these days to be famous.
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