We really are in neither camp-- We just look at the super-wealthy as little bugs scurrying about to make as much money as possible for insecure or egocentric reasons while ignoring priorities like their family and friends then bellowing to expensive psychiatrists as to why they're still so unhappy and unfulfilled...
So, no matter which camp you're in-- those who admire, resent or take pity on wealthy celebs, its still interesting to find out how much they make in yearly salary especially since unlike athletes and movie actors, TV stars like to keep their salaries hidden.
So based on reported numbers from TV Guide, The Washington Post, and The Daily Beast, here's a Top 20 list of the highest annual salaries for TV stars with some mean but sincere jabs included. (We're sure to upset at times but remember if you disagree, you're welcome to start your own blog)
Top 20 List:
Her syndicated court room show not only makes her the highest-paid person on television, but also the 13th richest woman in entertainment, according to Forbes. Quite a nice salary to be a cantankerous bitch
2) Simon Cowell -- $40 million
Based on 'X Factor' and 'American Idol'... If not for these two shows, FOX's prime time lineup would be unwatchable crap aimed at teenagers.. Hmm, wait.. Then again...
3) David Letterman -- $28 million
Being genuinely unfunny and a smug jerk also pays. Nice to see David suffered no financial repercussions for his previous long-term sexual affair with one of his 'Late Show' staffers while married..
4) Matt Lauer -- $21.5 Million
TV Guide's business editor, Stephen Battaglio told The Daily Beast Lauer, “Matt is central to [Today]—if he left, ratings would plummet and NBC would lose at least $100-125 million in ad revenue," Swear to God, if not for hosting the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, his name and face would draw a blank to yours truly..
Brown's courtroom show has been on syndicated TV for over a decade.. No commentary on him-- hard to speak about someone you've hardly ever heard of or watched.. Ripa was earning $5 million more than her old co-host Regis before he left. That's a nice bump to get rid of a bore like Regis. O'Reilly got a raise, doubling his salary from last year and extending his contract through 2016.
8) Mariah Carey -- $18 Million
Carey will be getting $18 mill to be a celebrity judge. We're really not sure what show she will be judging.. We hadn't heard of any reality show in the works called "I Too Can Dress Like A Whore".
9) Jon Stewart -- $16 Million
Last May, his Comedy Central show pulled in higher ratings than all of Fox News. Funny how Com. Cent. was willing to pay Dave Chappelle $50mill to keep him yet Stewart 'only' gets $18mill? Those cheap bastards...