Ellen DeGeneres, who makes $50 million per year for her show, tops the 2017 list of highest paid TV hosts. (Courtesy photo)

Ellen DeGeneres, who makes $50 million per year for her show, tops the 2017 list of highest paid TV hosts. (Courtesy photo)

Ellen, Judge Judy rake in tidy TV salaries

Ellen and Judge Judy are TV’s top earners in the news and reality realms.

That’s the case according to a Variety report released Tuesday, handily broken down by the U.K. Daily Mail, which noted that women occupy the six of the top 10 spots on the 2017 list of generous-salaried TV hosts.

Pointing out that Ellen DeGeneres and Judith Sheindlin are making more than double their nearest competitors, the site said DeGeneres will earn $50 million this year to play nice with her adoring audience and ask celebrities polite questions, while the irrepressible Judge Judy will take home $48 million to do the opposite.

They’re followed by Matt Lauer, the 20-year “Today” veteran, who ties with first-time “American Idol” judge Katy Perry: both are making $25 million.

Kelly Ripa is fifth, with $22 million, followed by another tie between ABC’s Robin Roberts and NBC’s Megyn Kelly, both making $18 million.

Roberts bests her ABC cohort George Stephanopoulos’ $15 million, and Kelly outearns Jimmy Fallon, who makes $16 million.

Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert both get $15 million, as does “Wheel of Fortune‘s” Pat Sajak (now that’s a job!) and Ryan Seacrest for “Live With Kelly.”
However, Seacrest also is getting $12 million more for the new “Idol.”

Also clocking in at $12 million: CNN host Anderson Cooper, Conan O’Brien and David Letterman for his new Netflix show, at $2 million per episode.

DUDAMEL DATE CANCELED

Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Venezuela National Youth Orchestra won’t be playing in the Bay Area because Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro canceled their tour — due to politics.

The group was slated to appear Sept. 21 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, but the president called it off after the 36-year-old star Venezuelan conductor, after a long silence, publicly spoke out against repressive measures and called for the government “to listen to the voice of the Venezuelan people.”

In reply to the revered musician — a product and proponent of Venezuela’s famed public music education program El Sistema –Maduro said, “I hope God forgives you.”

Matias Tarnopolsky, director of Bay Area presenters Cal Performances, issued a statement saying he was “disappointed,” and offering the group an “open invitation to Berkeley” toward engaging “the power of music to build bridges and create dialogue.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Rapper Lil Yachty is 20. … Basketball player Jeremy Lin is 29. … Basketball player Kobe Bryant is 39. … Singer Julian Casablancas of The Strokes is 39. … Singer-actor Rick Springfield is 68. … Actress Shelley Long is 68. … Singer Linda Thompson is 70. … Politician Pete Wilson is 84. … Actress Barbara Eden is 86. … Actress Vera Miles is 87.

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