Forbes has released the list of highest-paid television show hosts of 2016 and we are thrilled to see some diversity in the top ten names.
Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan made the list at No. 9, tying with his former Live with Kelly and Michael co-host, Kelly Ripa, both earning an estimated $17 million in 2016.
Above Strahan, his new co-host, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, who locked in a cool $18 million this year. Roberts has been working for GMA since 1995, but it wasn’t until 2005 when she was promoted to anchor.
Based on this list, we’d say there’s been clear progress and growth with the inclusion of successfully paid Black personalities on network television. But sadly, there is still a lack of other ethnicities being represented.
Will this change?
Also making the list: Bill O’Reilly, Project Runway’s Heidi Klum, Matt Lauer, Judge Judy’s Judy Sheindlin, Ryan Seacrest for his time on American Idol, and, no shocker here, Ellen DeGenres, who pulled in $75 million for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Coming in at No. 1: Dr. Phil McGraw, who earned an estimated $88 million in 2016 for The Dr. Phil Show.
Are you surprised by the list?