Oprah Tops List of TV's Biggest Earners—Again

She collected cool $260m; second-place Seinfeld nabbed $60m
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2007 3:57 AM CDT
"American Idol" judge Simon Cowell speaks during the 2007 Fox Winter Press Tour in this January 20 2007,file photo in Pasadena, Calif. An annoyed look from Cowell as a contestant expressed sadness over...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Talk show diva Oprah Winfrey continues her reign as the Queen of  Media, topping Forbes' list of 2007's 20 highest earning TV stars with a whopping $260 million. Jerry Seinfeld came in a distant second with $60 million—mostly from residuals. They were followed by Simon Cowell ($45 million), David Letterman ($40 million), Donald Trump ($32 million) and Jay Leno ($32 million).

Nearly everyone on the list is part of a news, talk or reality show. The only actor from a primetime series was Kiefer Sutherland, whose $22 million was good for 10th place. Rounding out the list's top 10 were Dr. Phil ($30 million), Judge Judy ($30 million) and George Lopez ($26 million), who nabbed an estimated $15 million in a juicy syndication deal.