Salary of a Talk Show Host: Cont'd
The male version of Oprah, otherwise known as Dr. Phil, earned $45 million last year, but that is not all of his talk show salary; that includes six best-selling books, a monthly column in Oprah's Magazine and an endorsement deal with Match.com. For someone who preaches self-help, he's certainly followed his advice, all the way to the bank!
The salary of a talk show host David Letterman is nothing to snicker at. The late night comedian earned $40 million last year. Like Oprah, he also has part-ownership in his show. Dave still lags behind Tonight Show host Jay Leno in the ratings, but bests Jay's $32 million talk show host salary. Jay does not own part of his show and has said that he does not touch his Tonight Show money, but rather lives off his personal appearances and live performances.
Job Description - Radio Talk Show Host
Love him or hate him, controversial talker Rush Limbaugh earned $30 million last year, even in the face of allegations of prescription drug fraud, and public fights with Parkinson's victim/actor Michael J. Fox and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not bad for a guy who was a self-described "failure" at age 30. Now if he can just make up with Arnie and Mike.
Like the energizer bunny, Regis Philbin just keeps going and going, last year to the tune of $21 million! In addition to his salary from "Live with Regis and Kelly," he also earned extra dough hosting NBC’s "America’s Got Talent." Regis also did voiceover work in "Shrek the Third" and toured with soap star Susan Lucci in a musical cabaret.
Television Talk Show Host Jobs
Diane Sawyer gets up in the wee hours for her $12 million salary as host of Good Morning America. However, life hasn't been perfect; Sawyer lost out on news anchor positions at both CBS and ABC News to former morning show host Katie Couric and former Good Morning America co-host Charles Gibson. On the flip side, she's married to director Mike Nichols who can always give her an acting gig.
The always volatile Bill O'Reilly earns $12 million for hosting Fox’s The O'Reilly Factor. When he's not fighting with fellow talker Al Franken or ridiculing the families of 9/11 victims, Bill hosts a call-in radio program and has written five best-sellers. America can't seem to get enough of Bill O'Reilly.
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