[ 2007-07-26 15:16 ]
TALK might be cheap, but Oprah is not, topping a list of the highest-paid television stars in the US.
Oprah Winfrey, host and supervising producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show, earns an estimated $US260 million a year, according to a list in TV Guide magazine's July 23 issue.
Music producer Simon Cowell, the blunt and often contentious British judge of American Idol, placed a distant second to Winfrey, with $US45 million for his role on the Fox network's smash hit talent show and other projects.
Courtroom chief Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin), CBS News anchor Katie Couric and Scrubs actor Zach Braff round out the top five.
The list breaks down star salaries by category - prime-time TV, daytime, cable and news with a partial listing below:
TOP FIVE (all salaries in $US are per year)
Oprah Winfrey (The Oprah Winfrey Show): $260 million
Simon Cowell (American Idol): $45 million
Judge Sheindlin (Judge Judy): $30 million
Katie Couric (CBS Evening News Anchor): $15 million
Zach Braff (Scrubs): $6.3 million