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Oprah $315 Million Per Year

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Oprah $315 Million Per Year, OPRAH Winfrey gets paid $315 million-a-year for her talk show.

The TV star — whose series The Oprah Winfrey Show will end after 25 seasons in September 2011 — topped a list of the highest paid talk show hosts in the US, with her staggering wage more than the combined total of the next four top earners, Judge Judy Sheindlin and David Letterman, who earn $45 million and $28 million respectively, Tonight Show star Jay Leno on $25 million and Conan O’Brien, who gets paid $10 million for his self-titled program.

Charlie Sheen was the highest paid comedy actor, receiving $1.25 million per episode of Two and a Half Men — more than double the $550,000 paid to his costar Jon Cryer, who was second on the list.

House actor Hugh Laurie was named the top earning actor in a drama by TV Guide magazine, taking home a minimum of $400,000 per episode, while American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was the top earning reality TV star, with a salary of $15 million, and Matt Lauer from Today earned $16 million, making him the highest-earning news presenter.

Despite the huge pay checks, Hollywood insiders insist that salaries have dropped in recent years.

“No one broke the bank on anything this year,” a source said.

TV Guide magazine’s list of highest-earning US TV stars:

Drama (per episode):
Hugh Laurie (‘House’) $400,000+
Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay (‘Law & Order: SVU’) $395,000 (each)
=3. David Caruso (‘CSI: Miami’) $375,000
=3. Marg Helgenberger (‘CSI’) $375,000
=3. Mark Harmon (‘NCIS’) $375,000
=4. Laurence Fishburne (‘CSI’) $350,000
=4. Kyra Sedgwick (‘The Closer’) $350,000
=4. Denis Leary (‘Rescue Me’) $350,000
Gary Sinise (‘CSI: NY’) $275,000
Late Night/Talk Syndication (per year):
Oprah Winfrey $315 million
Judge Judy Sheindlin $45 million
David Letterman (‘The Late Show’) $28 million
Jay Leno (‘The Tonight Show’) $25 million
Conan O’Brien (‘The Conan O’Brien Show’) $10 million
Reality (per year):
Ryan Seacrest (‘American Idol’) $15 million
Joel McHale (‘The Soup’) $2 million
Piers Morgan (‘America’s Got Talent’) $2 million
Kate Gosselin (‘Kate Plus 8′) $250,000 per episode
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (‘Jersey Shore’) $30,000 per episode
Comedy (per episode):
Charlie Sheen (‘Two and a Half Men’) $1.25 million
Jon Cryer (‘Two and a Half Men’) $550,000
=3. Marcia Cross (‘Desperate Housewives’) $400,000
=3. Teri Hatcher (‘Desperate Housewives’) $400,000
=3. Felicity Huffman (‘Desperate Housewives’) $400,000
=3. Eva Longoria Parker (‘Desperate Housewives’) $400,000
=3. Dan Castellaneta (‘The Simpsons’) $400,000
=3. Julie Kavner (‘The Simpsons’) $400,000
=4. Tina Fey (’30 Rock’) $350,000
=4. Jeremy Piven (‘Entourage’) $350,000
Steve Carell (‘The Office’) $297,000
News (per year):
Matt Lauer (‘Today’) $16 million +
Katie Couric (CBS) $15 million
Brian Williams (NBC) $12.5 million
Diane Sawyer (ABC) $12 million
Meredith Vieira (‘Today’) $11 million

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