10 Popular Talk Show Hosts: How Much Are They Worth?

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Television hosts have one of the best jobs in the industry, not only do they get to appear on television, but these entertainers are paid to just be themselves! Oh and they make a fortune doing it…that’s a bonus too. Many  hosts have an extremely loyal fan following that consists of viewers who routinely tune into their show to watch them do their thing whether it’s interviewing celebrities, chat about the news or do hilarious skits. We’ve come to love these popular talk show hosts, especially the ones that have been gracing our television screens for over a decade! Here’s a look at how much today’s 10 most popular talk show hosts are worth:

10. Seth Meyers

Estimated Net Worth: $12 million. Seth Meyers is recognized first and foremost a comedian, but also an actor, writer, producer, television host and he’s even done some voice work! He is currently the host of Late Night with Seth Meyers, a late-night talk show on NBC. Before landing his own show he was a head writer on Saturday Night Live and hosted its news segment called Weekend Update. Seth had starring roles in the films American Dreamz and New Year’s Eve, but has also appeared in the films Journey to the Center of the Earth, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Spring Breakdown and I Don’t Know How She Does It. In terms of television, besides appearing as himself to host various events/shows, he had a brief role on The Mindy Project, Portlandia, Spin City and a starring role in the animated series The Awesomes. Meyers reportedly makes $3 million a year to host Late Night! Thanks to his longtime gig on SNL and current position on Late Night he’s now worth an estimated $12 million.


9. James Corden

Estimated Net Worth: $10 million. This British comedian has become quite popular lately with his carpool karaoke segments on the Late Late Show. He works as an actor, writer, producer, comedian, singer, and television host. Corden has appeared in 23 films and been in many television shows. Most recently, he voiced characters in the films Norm of the North and Trolls. He had notable roles in shows like Fat Friends, Boyz Unlimited, Horne & Corden, A League of Their Own, Little Charley Bear, The Wrong Mans, and not only starred in, but also created, wrote, and was the associate producer for the show Gavin & Stacey. Corden has even won a Tony Award for his performances on stage! He is currently the host of The Late Late Show with James Corden a role he took over in 2014. With all these credits on his resume it’s no wonder this hilarious host is worth $10 million!

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8. Robin Roberts

Estimated Net Worth: $25 million. Robin is well recognized for her longtime position as a co-host and co-anchor on Good Morning America. She began her career as a jornalist working for various different news outlets, but got her big break when she began working at ESPN as a sports caster in the ’90s and landed her job as a reporter for Good Morning America on ABC. She was promoted to co-anchor in 2005, but in 2013 she had to take a leave of absence due to health issues. Robin has been involved in some prominent hosting gigs like working the red carpet and hosting the Academy Awards pre-show. Her reported contract with GMA stated she makes an annual salary of $14 million! Today this successful journalist and talk show host is worth an estimated $25 million.


7. Andy Cohen

Estimated Net Worth: $15 million. Andy Cohen has made a career out of mediating cat fights between housewives on Bravo. He has done a lot of work as a producer for various CBS programs. In 2000 his career took off as he became the vice president of the cable network Trio, but four years later Bravo purchased Trio and hello…Real Housewives. He currently hosts the nightly talk show, Watch What Happens: Live which also makes him the first openly gay host of a late-night talk show. In addition to this, Cohen sat as the head of development at Bravo for over a decade, but resigned in 2013. He continues to serve as an executive producer for The Real Housewives franchise which requires him to host all those lovely three hour reunion shows. He’s appeared as a guest co-host on other popular shows like The View and Live! with Kelly and wrote a memoir. Today Cohen works primarily with Bravo and reportedly makes $2 million each year with an overall net worth of $15 million.

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6. Michael Strahan

Estimated Net Worth: $55 million. This talk show host is not only recognized as a television personality, but also a professional athlete. He used to play on the defensive line of the New York Giants and reportedly earned just under $60 million a year on his NFL salary. After he retired he became a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and landed the career changing role as co-host on Live! with Kelly and Michael alongside longtime host Kelly Ripa. In addition to his co-hosting duties on Live! he appeared on Good Morning America and recently announced he will be leaving Live! for a full-time gig on GMA. Strahan makes about $10 million a year hosting the Live! show and we’re pretty sure this salary will only increase when he moves over to GMA. Strahan also starred on the short-lived sitcom, Brothers. We can’t even imagine him getting any richer because he’s already worth an enormous $55 million!

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5. Anderson Cooper

Estimated Net Worth: $100 million. Anderson Cooper is a well respected journalist, author and television personality. Despite coming from a famous family he’s made his career for himself based off his own work ethic! He first started out working as a correspondent for ABC in the ’90s and was promoted to co-anchor ABC’s World News Now Program in 1999. He left the fast-paced journalism world in 2000 to host The Mole for two seasons, but soon went crawling back to his roots and joined CNN to anchor alongside Paula Zahn on American Morning. In 2002 he became a prime-time anchor on CNN and got his own show called Anderson Cooper 360 a platform where he broadcasts breaking news stories. Anderson is featured on this list because at one point he had his own daytime talk show called Anderson Live. His annual salary from CNN is said to be about $11 million and his overall net worth is roughly 10 times higher at $100 million!

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4. Jimmy Fallon

Estimated Net Worth: $25 million. Jimmy Fallon got the job of his dreams when he landed a spot as a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1998. While on the show he co-hosted the Weekend Update segment and played various roles in different skits. He left the show in 2004 to pursue a career in film with roles in huge projects like Almost Famous, Taxi, Fever Pitch, Factory Girl and Whip It. In 2009 he landed the job hosting the talk show Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Once he got this job he no longer had to work as an actor, but was given celebrity cameos in movies and shows like Gossip Girl, Jurassic Park, Family Guy and Get Hard. In 2014 he made the transition from Late Night to The Tonight Show where he currently works as a host with popular segments like the Lip Sync Battle. In addition to all of this Fallon has released two comedy albums and three books. He reportedly earns $11 million yearly as a late-night talk show host and is worth $25 million.

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3. Kelly Ripa

Estimated Net Worth: $100 million. Kelly Ripa is a successful actress and long-time TV personality. She began her career starring on the soap oepra, All My Children where she met her husband, co-star Mark Consuelos. She then starred on the popular sitcom, Hope and Faith as “Faith” until she landed the best role of her career as co-host on Live! with Regis and Kelly. In addition to her hosting duties, Kelly and her husband own the production company, Milojo. She’s also appeared on many television shows and done voice work on Kim Possible, Family Guy, Bathman: Mystery of the Bathwoman, Delgo, and serves as the executive producer and host of Homemade Millionaire. Kelly has been co-hosting on Live! for 16 years and her salary most definitely reflects that as she makes an estimated $20 million each year! Kelly is one of the richest people on this list with a net worth of $100 million.

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2. Jimmy Kimmel

Estimated Net Worth: $35 million. This late-night talk show host is also a producer, voice actor, comedian, writer, musician and radio personality! Kimmel currently works as the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! He has also produced popular shows like Crank Yankers, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald and The Andy Milonakis Show. Before he landed his long time hosting gig on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2003 he hosted Comedy Central’s The Man Show and Win Ben Stein’s Money. He has appeared in a few films, mostly doing celebrity cameos and on shows as a host or simply himself like Hot in Cleveland, Scandal and The Bachelor. Kimmel brings in $10 million in earnings each year from ABC and is worth an estimated $35 million.


1. Ellen Degeneres

Estimated Net Worth: $330 million. Who doesn’t love Ellen Degeneres! This comedian, host, actress, writer and producer is the host of one of the most popular talk shows. Ellen started out doing stand-up and got her big break when she appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She then began appearing on television as an actress small roles on television until she got into hosting gigs with high profile jobs like the Grammy Awards, The Larry Sanders Show and Saturday Night Live. She was the executive producer and star of The Ellen Show in 2001 and in 2003 which lead to her hosting The Ellen Degeneres Show — a show she not only hosts, but is the executive producer, writer and creator. She has also been apart of the successful Finding Nemo franchise voicing the character of Dory. Ellen’s salary is a huge $75 million for hosting her talk show and she’s worth a shocking $330 million!

Source: www.ellentv.com
Katherine G

Katherine G

Katherine is the Managing Editor for Health and Parenting, but she has a soft spot for entertainment. She loves binging shows on Netflix, reality TV is a guilty pleasure, and country music is her go-to playlist. When she's not writing, she's spending time outdoors, especially with her puppy Zoey!