Talking heads don’t come cheap


If the earnings of Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Seacrest are any indication, talk is anything but cheap in the US, according to the Forbes website.

“The best-paid personalities are paid top dollar to gab, whether it be on a daytime syndicated series (Judge Judy), a late-night talk show (Jay Leno) or a highly rated radio show (Rush Limbaugh). In fact, the 12 bold-faced names on the list collectively banked $829 million between 1 June 2008, and 1 June 2009.”

The Queen of All Media, Oprah, tops the list with estimated earnings of $275 million. As Forbes this is particularly impressive when one considers how the industries in which she operates – television, radio and magazines – are shrinking  in the face of increased competition and a dismal ad market.

Though ratings for Winfrey’s flagship series, The Oprah Winfrey Show, continue to erode, her earning power remains remarkably resilient.


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