We all love talk shows. They are something that entertains us to another level. In show business there is a lot of money and when we mention the talk shows they need special attention. Since they are not totally scripted they keep us away from the boredom. The interviewer actually knows in which direction to take the show to grab more viewers and keep the excitement on.
Since the cost of making any talk show is not so expensive so the overall profit from it is quite high. And this is the reason why the successful talk show hosts get a hefty amount of money. Base on the entertainment value they endow to its customers some talk shows are the biggest hit. Consequently, the hosts get richer day by day. Here we have enlisted the top ten highest paid talk show hosts according to the Forbes. Check them out!
Below are the top 10 Highest Paid & Most Successful Talk Show Host in 2017-2018
10. Alex Trebek: Earnings: 16.5 million
With the earning of 16.5 million, Alex Trebek is number ten in our list. He is a Canadian-American television personality born on 22nd July 1940 and is the host of very famous talk/game show “The Jeopardy”. He is working since 1984 and during his tenure, he hosted many other successful shows like The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration and To Tell the Truth. He has also appeared in many television series apart from the talk shows. If you are also the fan of the talk show The Jeopardy and Alex Trebek then the good news for you is you will see him hosting the show until 2020.
9. Michael Strahan (Good Morning, America) Earnings: $17 million
Born on 21st November 1971, Michael Anthony Strahan was an American football defensive end player who after taking retirement from the sports becomes a media personality. He spent his 15-year football career with New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). Since 2014 he started hosting the talk show Good Morning America and since then he didn’t get the time to look back. He has become a regular contributor to the show. He also appeared as host for Pros vs. Joes. His performances have made him get a lot of fan following and his show a big hit. Since 2016 he also started another talk show ‘$100,000 Pyramid’ which is making another record.
8. Kelly Ripa (Live! With Kelly) Earnings: $17 million
Born on 2nd October 1970, Kelly Ripa is one highest paid talk show host and especially for her show ‘Live! With Kelly’. She is an American actress, dancer, talk show host, and television producer who has is also known for portrayal of Hayley Vaughan on the ABC daytime soap opera All My Children. Since 2001 she is hosting her high rated talk show Live!With Kelly. She along with Mark Consuelos, her loving husband own Milojo which is a New York-based production company. She is also been reported as one of the Most Powerful People in Media by The Hollywood Reporter.
7. Robin Roberts (Good Morning, America): Earnings: $18 million
Robin Roberts is a well-known face from the talk show Good Morning, America. Born on 23rd Nove’ 1960, Robin is American television broadcaster who have been in the show for a long time. She initiated her career by being an anchor for a local TV show and radio station which gave her enough experience and exposure into this business. She also worked for the channel ESPN where she was a sportscaster for around 15 years. Robin has been treated from some of the fatal diseases like breast cancer and for myelodysplastic syndrome from which she recovered thoroughly.
6. Heidi Klum (Project Runway)Earnings: $19 million
Born on 1st June 1973, Heidi Klum is one multi-talented talk show host that have been successfully completing her tenure with the talk show Project Runaway. She is a versatile personality by being not just an anchor but also a German-American supermodel, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author, and actress. In the year 1990 she also got the chance to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She was the first German model to get such chance. She is the perfect combination of beauty with brains and this is the reason why she is getting a hefty amount to host the show.
5. Matt Lauer (Today) Earnings: $25 million
Born on 30th December, 1957, Matt Lauer is a successful talk show host of The Today and also works for Dateline NBC. Matt Lauer has worked in many different shows previously as well like he was a news anchor for The Today Show in 1994 and anchor for WNBC in New York City. He also hosted a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and Richmond where he got enough exposure and experience in the field of hosting the shows of different segments. He is a wonderful talk show host who is admired by many all around the world.
4. Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) Earnings: $47 million
With the earning of around $47 million, Judy ranked number fourth in the list. She is an American lawyer, former judge, television personality, producer, and author who is popularly known as Judge Judy among his fan followers and the people who follow her shows. Her reality courtroom series, Judge Judy is also the winner of Daytime Emmy Award and she has done everything possible to make her show one big hit. She has presided over her successful show since 1996 thus making a total of long 21 years. He is been reported that the show is being watched by around 10-million viewers a day.
3. Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) Earnings: $55 million
Who doesn’t know Ryan? If you follow the American idol you would have been well known for the most popular personality of the show, Ryan Seacrest. Born on 24th December 1974, Ryan is most popular for hosting the talent competition show American Idol. Along with this he also hosts syndicated countdown program American Top 40 and the KIIS-FM morning radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest. He is a famous American radio personality, television host and producer. The latest news about Ryan is he has started co-hosting Live with Kelly and Ryan on a permanent basis. For his achievements and accomplishments in the industry he won an Emmy for producing Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
2. Ellen DeGeneres (The Ellen Show) Earnings: $75 million
One of the most richest and successful talk show hosts is none other than Ellen DeGeneres. Born on 26th January 1958, Ellen has been hosting her TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003 which has shown her another level of success and achievement. She is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer who started her career in the early 1980’s. If you have seen Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, the most popular animated movies then you must be well aware that the voice of the Nemo and Dory was none other than of Ellen DeGeneres. For her performance in Nemo she was given the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
1. Dr. Phil McGraw (The Dr Phil Show) Earnings: $88 million
Who wants to visit a doctor? Well, none of us. But watching a doctor hosting a talk show is a treat to self. Born on 1st September 1950, Dr.Phil is not just an American television personality but he is also an author and psychologist who host the television show Dr. Phil. He started his show in the year 2002 and is still one of the most watched shows. This made him earn quite a hefty amount and this is the reason why he is ranked number one in our list. He got to become popular after he made appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show and since then he didn’t get the time to look back.
Some talk shows entertain us and some increases our knowledge. Whatsoever the case may be the hosts get paid really well. as fat today these are the highest paid talk show hosts which we hope have many entertaining things for us in the coming days.