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.
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.