AceShowbiz - Judy Sheindlin a.k.a. Judge Judy rules not only her own courtroom, but also Forbes' Highest-Paid TV hosts list. With a whooping $147 million pretax in 2017, Judy beats the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Dr. Phil McGraw.
According to the publication, the TV court star sold the rights to Judge Judy's 5,200-episode library as well as future show episodes to CBS for an approximate $100 million. Judy also allegedly earned about $47 million for hosting "Judge Judy" and for producing "Hot Bench".
Ellen takes the second place, approximately raking in $87.5 million pretax last year. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host's got her income rise significantly following her $20 million deal with Netflix for her stand-up special. She broke records after being the first woman to earn that much from a single stand-up comedy.
Trailing behind in the third place is Dr. Phil. Earning approximately $77.5 million, the talk show host of "Dr. Phil" racked some money from his executive credits on "The Bull", "The Doctors" and "Daily Mail TV". In addition, he was listed as the co-founder of Doctors on Demand, an app that connects people with psychologists and physicians.
"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest takes No. 4. He earned $74 million thanks to his massive deal with ABC for the singing competition revival. Additionally, he produces E!'s long-running reality show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" as well as hosts New York-based "Live with Kelly and Ryan" alongside Kelly Ripa.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Steve Harvey. The comedian-turned-talk-show-host raked in around $44 million last year from his new show "Steve". He also made bank from hosting "Family Feud".
The Forbes Highest-Paid TV Hosts Top 5: