August 24, 2011 10:00 AM by Ryan Haidet
Just how rich are they? How much will Simon Cowell make for The X Factor? What about Survivor host Jeff Probst? How much does he make? Ever wonder how good a gig it is to be host of America’s Got Talent? Well, we’ve got a breakdown of how much cash the heavy hitters on reality television rake in for their involvement with our favorite shows. Read on to see how big their paydays are!
The pay scale breakdown was featured in a recent issue of TV Guide Magazine. It shows that Simon Cowell is at the top of the list bringing in $75 million per season for The X Factor (including producer fee). Right below Cowell is his former co-worker, Ryan Seacrest. He’s bringing in $15 million per season to host American Idol. Compared to those two money-making giants, Paula Abdul is making pennies (haha) for her role on The X Factor. TV Guide’s report shows her making $2.5 million per season.
Chef Gordon Ramsay is paid $225,000 per episode of Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Not too bad considering an entire season of Hell’s Kitchen is filmed within a short period of time.
Phil Keoghan, host of the Amazing Race is making $100,000 per episode, while Tom Bergeron, host of Dancing With The Stars, is cashing in $150,000 per episode.
Here are some of the other pay rates as featured in TV Guide Magazine:
- Gene Simmons of Family Jewels: $125,000 per episode
- Snooki of Jersey Shore: $100,000 per episode
- Nick Cannon and Howie Mandel of America’s Got Talent: $70,000 (each) per episode
- Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance: $60,000 per episode
- Chris Harrison of The Bachelor: $60,000 per episode
- Carson Daly of The Voice: $40,000 per episode
- Cast members of Teen Mom: Between $3,000 and $5,000 per episode
What are your thoughts on these pay rates? Are you surprised by any of them? Sound off and leave us a comment below!
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Topics: ABC Reality TV Shows, Amazing Race, America's Got Talent, American Idol, CBS Reality TV Shows, Dancing With the Stars, FOX Reality TV Shows, Gordon Ramsay, Hell's Kitchen, Jersey Shore, Kitchen Nightmares, NBC Reality TV Shows, Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, So You Think You Can Dance, Survivor, Teen Mom, The Bachelor, The Voice, The X Factor |
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