Oprah Is Tv's Highest-paid Performer
When it comes to top-paid talent in television, there's Oprah -- and then there's everyone else. According to TV Guide, Oprah Winfrey receives a salary of $260 million a year to do her daily talk show. No. 2 on the list, American Idol's Simon Cowell makes only 17 percent of that amount -- $45 million. The third-place finisher is Judge Judy Sheindlin, who earns $30 million a year. By contrast, Katie Couric, whose $15-million salary has become the most talked-about paycheck in the industry, makes only half as much as Judge Judy, coming in at No. 4 on the list. Zach Braff, the star of Scrubs, rounds out the top five with a salary of $6.3 million per year.