Dr. Phil Tops Ellen DeGeneres as Highest Paid TV Host
Dr. Phil won’t need to make any house calls this year, as the psychologist has topped Forbes‘ list of highest paid television hosts with a staggering $88 million haul.
The daytime TV personality, real name Dr. Phil McGraw, earned the lion’s share of his money this year from the syndicated talk show that bears his name. He also has endorsement deals with AARP and AstraZeneca. He also has an executive producer credit on “The Doctors,” another daytime show. According to Forbes, McGraw’s salary figure is the highest ever recorded in his career.
Fellow daytime host Ellen DeGeneres came in at number two with $75 million. She also netted a healthy profit from her show, plus a new mobile game. In addition, DeGeneres lent her voice to the Pixar sequel “Finding Dory” this year.
Further down the list, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan are together again — awkward. The former co-hosts of “Live with Kelly and Michael” each pulled in $17 million over the last year, although Forbes noted that Strahan’s total will likely go up next year thanks to his new gig at “Good Morning America.”