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Jim Parsons, Ellen DeGeneres among highest paid TV stars

Anderson Cooper, Wentworth Miller, Rachel Maddow, Robin Roberts and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also on list

Jim Parsons among highest paid TV stars
CBS – Jim Parsons stars in The Big Bang Theory

When it comes to the highest paid people on television, Jim Parsons and Ellen DeGeneres are among those doing the LGBT community proud.

Parsons is paid $1,000,000 per episode of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory for which he has won four Emmys for best lead actor in a comedy.

He is tied with co-stars Katy Couco and Johnny Galeci as the highst-paid actors in TV comedy, according to a list published by Variety on Tuesday (4 October).

DeGeneres, meanwhile, is pulling in $20 million per year as host of daytime’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Only Judy Sheindlin (Judge Judy) and Matt Lauer (The Today Show) make more.

Other highly-paid TV hosts include Miley Cyrus ($13-15 million for The Voice), Robin Roberts ($12 million for Good Morning America), CNN’s Anderson Cooper ($9-11 million), MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow ($7 million) and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen ($4-5 million).

After Parsons, the highest-paid out star in sitcoms is Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson who makes $250,000 per episode.

The only openly gay stars to make the list in the drama category were Wentworth Miller who makes $175,000 per episode of the Prison Break reboot and Empire’s Jussie Smollett who makes $20,000 per episode.


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