Reality shows are the guilty little pleasures of many viewers, whether we admit watching or not.
You can’t help but cringe watching people put their personal lives on display on “reality” television, but it appears they are well paid for putting themselves out there for our entertainment. Check out these salaries of reality stars!
Shock jock Howard Stern had a cool $15 million for his appearance as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” .
Cast of “Duck Dynasty”
The awesome and entertaining Robertson family on A&E’s Duck Dynasty are said to be making $200,000 an episode. The actual amount wasn’t disclosed, but the show receives over 8 million viewers each week.
Simon Cowell shows that being smug can actually make a reality show profitable. The British judge made “American Idol” a huge hit, launching “X Factor” later on. Cowell, who is going to be a first-time father, rakes in $95 million a year.
Christina Aguilera took a little time off to launch her latest album Lotus, returning to “The Voice” this season looking slim and happy. The singer is said to make $12.5 million per season.
Honey Boo Boo
How would you like to make $50,00 per episode of a reality show where you act crass, fart, and eat…lots! But, viewers find Honey Boo Boo a refreshing change from the superficial Kardashian family. Mama June is being smart and has set up trust funds for the children with the money they make.
Ryan Seacrest is a busy man, with a radio show and host his hosting gig on “American Idol”. Seacrest is said to make $15 million a year to host the singing talent show.
New mother and amateur porn-star-turned reality star Kim Kardashian gives up her right to privacy and bares it all in her “reality” show. Kim is said to earn $80,000 per episode for “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, plus another $40,000 from each of her spin-off reality shows with her sisters.
Country singer Blake Shelton already has a lucrative singing career, but the dimpled crooner makes another $4 million as a judge/mentor on “The Voice”.
There are many reality “Housewives” these days, but NeNe Leakes brings in a whopping $1 million per season on the reality show. She also has a Bravo wedding show entitled “I Dream of NeNe”. She explains her appeal, saying, “Housewives does really well because of NeNe Leakes and what I have to say.”
“Jersey Shore” star Snooki, lil meatball, previously made close to $2 million on the reality show. That ended in December, but the little ball of fire is now competing on “Dancing With the Stars”, where celebrity contestants make $200,000 per season.