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
Oprah Tops List of TV's Biggest Earners—Again
"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 the Virginia Tech shootings was drastically misintrepreted, Cowell and the show said Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)

(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).

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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. (Read more television stories.)

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