But that’s nothing compared to Ryan Seacrest, Dr Phil and Ellen DeGeneres
Werk that smize!
Not content with merely replacing Nick Cannon on “America’s Got Talent,” Tyra Banks is now returning as the host of “America’s Next Top Model.” The supermodel had hosted 22 of the 23 past seasons and will take the place of British singer Rita Ora, who helmed the fashion show last year.
For her part, Banks went out of her way to thank Ora, posting a gracious statement on Twitter. “After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ‘ANTM’ is woven into my DNA,” says Banks, who remained a co-executive producer on the season she was off-screen.
Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest! Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM 💋
— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) March 16, 2017
“Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise,” says Ken Mok, Banks’ co-executive producer.
The Daily News had previously reported that Banks’ huge hosting fee was a major reason behind the cancellation of ANTM after by the CW, the show’s previous network. (A rep for Banks didn’t immediately return a request for comment.) Indeed, Banks is one of the best-paid women on the small screen. While recent estimates aren’t available, Forbes says that she pulled $30 million between 2008 and 2009 from ANTM, her now-canceled “Tyra Banks Show,” executive producing gigs and cameo appearances on “Gossip Girl.” The California-born Banks is estimated to have a net worth of $90 million.
The TV personality hasn’t been resting on her laurels while Ora was warming her seat. She briefly hosted “FABLife,” a lifestyle oriented talk show that flopped, and replaced Ivanka Trump as an advisor on “Celebrity Apprentice.” (Banks later pulled sponsorship from the series made famous by Donald Trump after being placed on #GrabYour Wallet’s boycott list.)
Here’s the jaw dropping net worth of top TV personalities:
1. Dr. Phil McGraw reportedly made $88 million in 2016 off his eponymous talk show, which draws from his experience in clinical psychology. The fee also includes payment for his endorsements of the AARP, Forbes reports. His total net worth is estimated at $400 million.
2. According to Forbes, Ellen DeGeneres is the best-paid female host on television. The Ellen DeGeneres Show is watched by millions daily, and she also voiced a character in the hit “Finding Dory.” That translated into pre-tax income of $75 million for DeGeneres, who is said to be worth some $360 million.
3. Ryan Seacrest’s turn on “American Idol” may be over, but it was lucrative while it lasted. He made $15 million a year hosting the long-running Fox hit, which was supplemented with gigs like producing “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” All in, he makes about $55 million annually and has a fortune valued at $350 million.
4. Judy Sheindlin, AKA Judge Judy, continues to draw audiences and the moolah to her nationally syndicated show. Forbes thinks she’s worth some $290 million.
5. Matt Lauer’s long stint on “Today” pays off: His new contract is worth about $20 million a year. His estimated total nest egg? $60 million.
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