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Forbes Reveals Their List of Prime Time's Top-Earning Men

Are You Surprised by Forbes's Top-Earning Men in Prime Time?

Forbes recently released the list of Prime Time's Top-Earning Men. Who made the cut? In order, they are: Simon Cowell, followed by Donald Trump, Ryan Seacrest, Charlie Sheen, Steve Carell, Howie Mandel, Kiefer Sutherland, Jeff Foxworthy, Hugh Laurie, and at No. 10 (a tie!) David Caruso of CSI: Miami and Patrick Dempsey.

Simon Cowell at No. 1 is a no-brainer, thanks to the unstoppable machine that is American Idol (not to mention all of his other shows). But there are a few names that made me do a double take. Jeff Foxworthy, for instance — who knew that Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader was such a money generator? And where's Jeff Probst? I guess the Survivor franchise doesn't carry as much clout as I thought.

What about you? Other than maybe Simon Cowell at number 1, do you find this list surprising?

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sarahcateh sarahcateh 6 years
I don't want to be part of a world where Howie Mandel makes that much money. It's just wrong.
jhilly123 jhilly123 6 years
I'm not surprised for the most part. It just annoys me that hosts/judges get paid ridiculous amounts when they aren't really doing that much). I mean, could I be a good host if I got paid $10 million a year? Sure, lol. And I agree about the women-men salary thing too.
KrisB KrisB 6 years
I'm kinda surprised at the are you smarter than a 5th grader host. But on another note I don't even care, its disgusting how much more money men make than women, even in 2009.
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