Talk shows have been around for quite some time, because people love a good sensational story, along with the opportunity to shout their opinions directly to the people involved in these stories. Most would admit it beats yelling at the television screen, if you’re a fan of talk shows and love being in the audience.
But aside from the tabloid nature of talk shows like Jerry Springer, there are also thought-provoking talk shows that encourage people to give back to their local communities and support worthy causes. Of course, there’s also an entertaining element to talk shows, especially when top celebrities are on the guest list. If you’re able to be in the audience when your favorite star comes on a talk show, it’s likely an experience you won’t forget.
Even though many talk shows have been headed by men, there are several female hosts who are continuing to make their mark in daytime television. It’s been said that women naturally have the gift of gab, and these ladies are definitely cashing in on their talent by making us think, giving us a laugh or two, and sometimes evoking unforgettable emotional responses. Here are 10 of the richest talk show hosts, who just happen to be women.
10 Robin Roberts - $14 Million
9 Wendy Williams - $17.5 Million
8 Gayle King - $20 Million
7 Meredith Vieira - $30 Million
6 Whoopi Goldberg - $45 Million
5 Katie Couric - $55 Million
Katie Couric was long viewed as the darling of television news, due to her bubbly personality and friendly demeanor. After her long stint as a news anchor for CBS, Couric branched out to host her own daytime talk show, Katie. Her show features a number of popular figures, as well as everyday people who are making a difference in their neighborhoods and professions. Couric’s talk show also addresses women’s social issues and health concerns that pertain to women, which is the perfect way to combine her professional news journalism with the upbeat nature of the talk show. Each year, she takes home $15 million, and has an approximate net worth of $55 million.
4 Rachael Ray - $60 Million
The Food Network star started her own talk show about nine years ago, and has a huge fan-base filled with foodies, as well as those who just want to know how to make simple and nutritious dinners each night. She’s won three Emmy awards for her shows and still has a huge fan base that followed her from Food Network. Her net worth is about $60 million, and that includes her talk show and her food empire, which consists of cookware, cookbooks, seasonings and a line of pet food. Rachael Ray still makes the Food Network and Cooking Channel appearances, since her hit shows 30 Minute Meals and Rachael Ray’s Week In a Day, are in syndication.
3 Barbara Walters - $150 Million
2 Ellen DeGeneres - $285 Million
1 Oprah Winfrey - $3 Billion
Even though Oprah is no longer a daytime talk show host, there’s no denying that her show was a television staple. She is now an executive producer for several daytime talk shows these days, including The Rachael Ray Show, Dr. Phil and The Nate Berkus Show, which is in syndication. Winfrey is also the CEO of her own network OWN, which is home to reality shows, interview-type programming, news and lifestyle shows, and of course re-runs of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Even though she gave up her hosting gig a few years ago, Winfrey still makes $315 million every year, and is now worth approximately $3 billion. So technically, she’s still the reigning queen of daytime television.
Sources: talkshows.about.com, philly.com, biography.com
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