The downsides of reality TV? Having your life out there for the world to criticize. But the upsides? Lots of $$$! Reality stars from Real Housewives to judges on competition shows like The Voice and American Idol make big bucks on these successful franchises. Click through to see the 15 top-earning reality stars on TV right now.
We'd imagine that the $700,000 Teresa Giudice earned for appearing on the most recent season of Real Housewives of New Jersey will go towards her and her husband Joe's legal fees...
Ryan Seacrest makes a reported $15 million per season of American Idol, a show he's been hosting since 2002. Of course Ryan's also got a radio station, a production company—aka he's loaded.
Keith Urban's got something to cheer about! The country crooner earns approximately $5 million for his judging duties on American Idol.
Vicki Gunvalson is quite the businesswoman, but most of her money comes from The Real Housewives of Orange County, for which she rakes in about $500,000 per season.
Tamra Barney makes about $350,000 for each season she appears on RHOC.
Howard Stern's basically a billionaire from all his years on Sirius Radio, but he makes bank as a judge on America's Got Talent where he rakes in a reported $15 million per season!
For her first season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Eileen Davidson got a reported $750,000 to add to her bank account of millions she's earned from soap operas.
Pretty boy Adam Levine makes a pretty penny as a judge on NBC's The Voice. His salary is rumored to be in the $10-12 million range per season.
Unfortunately Adam's bromance partner Blake Shelton doesn't even earn half as much, but still does pretty well with an alleged $4 million per season for the same show.
Not surprisingly, RHOA's NeNe Leakes is the highest-paid Bravolebrity, raking in a cool $1.5 million per season of the hit show.
Kandi Burruss' earnings of $450,000 per season might be considered pocket change for some reality stars, but her payday is not too shabby!
But perhaps the richest of all is the Kardashian klan! The famous family signed a $100 million deal with NBC for a few more seasons of KUWTK, not to be outdone by their other mega fortune from their brands, endorsement deals, etc.
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