Yearly Salaries of the Stars of Glee, Idol, The Voice and More

You might have heard that the cast of The Big Bang Theory renegotiated a big fat raise for themselves. Stars Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki signed deals this week for three more seasons at a reported salary of 1 MILLION per episode! That’s $24 million a year for each of them.

Consider that Big Bang is a multi-camera comedy. which entails some rehearsal during the week and maybe a 5-8 hour day filming the half hour episode in front of a live audience. The easiest money ever! Not since the Friends cast negotiated their million dollar deals back in the day, has a sitcom cast had it so good.

So, in light of Big Money News, EOnline has posted a list of the highest paid stars on television. Some of our favs our on the list. Here’s an excerpt below. Click for the entire list.

Via EOnline

31. Sharon Osbourne (The Talk) – $1 million
29. Lea Michele, Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison (Glee) – $1.6M ($80,000 per episode)*
19. Keith Urban (American Idol) $5 million
12. Blake Shelton (The Voice) – $8 million ($4 million per cycle)
10. Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live) – $10 million per year
7. Howard Stern (America’s Got Talent) – $15 million per year
5. David Letterman (Late Show) – $20 million per year
3. Matt Lauer (Today Show, etc NBC) – $22-25 million per year
2. Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) $25-30 million per year
1. Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) $47 million per year (!!!!)

*I heard that Lea Michele makes $90,000 per episode. I’m wondering if some of these figures aren’t up to date.

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