Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time
September 20th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time

Her job as a judge on "American Idol" may not have worked out, but it's unlikely that Ellen DeGeneres is singing the blues. That gig helped the comedian land the top spot on Forbes's list of Prime-Time TV's 10 Top-Earning Women.

According to Forbes, DeGeneres raked in an estimated $55 million between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, thanks to her brief stint on "Idol," her ads for American Express, CoverGirl and Vitamin Water, as well as her daytime chat show.

Coming in at No. 2 is Tyra Banks, who banked $25 million within the same time frame. Besides producing and appearing on "The Tyra Banks Show" and "America's Next Top Model," Banks also produced ABC's reality show "True Beauty" and recently signed a deal to release a teen book series called "Modelland."

Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl comes in third with a cool $15.5 million, owing many of her megabucks to her success on the big screen. Because of hits like "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses," Heigl, who co-stars with Josh Duhamel in the upcoming dramedy "Life As We Know It," now commands $12 million per picture.

Rounding out the rest of the list of gals who are in the green: Eva Longoria Parker ($12 million); Marg Helgenberger ($10 million); Mariska Hargitay ($9.5 million); Tina Fey ($7.5 million); Ellen Pompeo and Marcia Cross (tie; $7 million); and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Calista Flockhart ($6.5 million).

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  1. rear implants

    Tyras forehead is the size of the Hoover Dam.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tyrafan

    tyra and her boo go to my church! =]

    September 21, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tets

    Ellen Pompeo deserves the salary she arns at Grey's. She's the lead and Grey's is still no. 1 among the 18-49 which matters the most to advertisers.

    September 21, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Perfect Mistake

    Love them both! ♥ They deserve all the fame they get. (:

    September 21, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    Where's my $$$$$? Who cares about how much they're earning.

    September 20, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Katie

    I'm surprised to see Ellen Pompeo on this list. She's not anywhere near the best actress on Grey's Anatomy. Sandra Oh, Chandra Wilson and Sara Rameriez are better actresses than her. Heck even Chyler Leigh is better than Pompeo.

    September 20, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JerseyProfit

    Well I love em all! Now I'm ready to be a stay at home Dad for all of them ! Good job girls! I make a great Penne Vodka sauce and I pick up after myself and your jokes are funny and your outfits look great!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CatfishMammy

    Greed is da work of da Debil! Turn to Jesus, yo!

    September 20, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bebe

    Joan, this is a list for ppl on primetime tv, which is why other ebtertainers like Halle or Beyonce are not on the list.

    September 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Head Diva In Charge

    Good going Ellen! It's always great to see these self-made ladies be successful!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joan

    I thought Halle would be somewhere in here? Hmm

    September 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stu

    u go gf's!

    September 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |

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