Tyler Perry highest-paid man in showbiz
September 13th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Tyler Perry highest-paid man in showbiz

Knowing the success of his "Madea" franchise alone, it's not too surprising that Tyler Perry tops Forbes’ “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men” list this year. According to Forbes, Perry pulled in $130 million in 12 months, beginning in May 2010.

TV shows “Meet the Browns” and “House of Payne” are huge moneymakers, as are Perry’s wildly popular movies. The actor/producer/director/screenwriter will star in the upcoming film adaptation of James Patterson’s Alex Cross detective novels.

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer earned his spot at No. 2 with some help from the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, which raked in $1 billion globally. This pushed Bruckheimer’s yearly haul to $113 million.

Steven Spielberg ranks third with $107 million in earnings this year. The famed director has two films going head-to-head this fall – “War Horse” and “The Adventures of Tin Tin.”

Music men Elton John, who took home $100 million, and “American Idol” guru Simon Cowell, with $90 million, round out the list’s Top 5.

Author James Patterson comes in at No. 6, having made $84 million this year thanks to his best-selling books.

Talk show host Phil McGraw (aka “Dr. Phil”) made $80 million from his TV empire, featuring shows like “The Doctors.” This earns him the No. 7 spot.

Leonardo DiCaprio is the lone actor on the list, thanks to big budget hits like “Inception” and “Shutter Island.” Leo made $77 million, putting him at No. 8.

The ninth highest-paid man in showbiz happens to be Howard Stern, with his lucrative satellite radio deal. Stern pulled in a salary of $76 million this year.

Despite his scandal, Tiger Woods makes the list. The world’s best-paid athlete comes in at No. 10 after earning $75 million.

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    May 24, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. BH

    Wow! Who knew that people could be soo hateful/callous. Just because it's not your kind of comedy, show or movie... doesn't mean you have to be so bitter. Gesh! You can't please everyone all of the time. Some things you are going to like and others aren't; vice versa.

    September 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nevrmnd

    The guy is rich, smart, & likes the NY Yankees!! He can't be a dummy to have done what he's done! I'm impressed!

    September 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sosofresh

    His television shows are like the modern equivalent of Married with Children, but even more poorly acted/written and less sophisticated... which I didn't think was possible. How can someone watch this stuff and not realize how awful it is? The fact that he has been so successful messes with me... it makes me think stuff like, "Ok, am I missing something here? Am I crazy to think that you have to be diagnosably retarded to watch this?"

    September 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RJ

    130 mil for hollywood crap! typical!

    September 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike K

    How ironic?! I just said Trump isn't a self made man and here...Tyler Perry is!!!! This guy has earned his success and worked incredibly hard to achieve it. Hey (Trump) take a huge lesson...this is how you do it (on your own) and how people look at you with respect of your accomplishments. Maybe...(maybe)....Trump will realize how conceited and arrogant he IS and scale back the verbal assaults on...everyone! (Rosie O'Donnell etc...)

    September 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. whatwhatwhatyo

    hahaha what a joke... he is terrible along with his other nonsense pushed toward a certain demographic. good for him taking advantage

    September 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dean

    Howard Stern???????? A country where that kind of person can make more than $75.00 a week deserves to be going broke.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    All I need is $335,000 and all my debts would be taken care of. If you are listening please help me out. In only a couple years I'll be 55 and will probably loose my job. Not many companies want a 55 year old. Thank you.

    September 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mona in tulsa

    Not too shabby for a poor black kid who was abused and as a young man lived in his car and on the steps of a church while hanging on to his dream. It only proves that anyone can make it if they try, have faith, and fate blesses them with talent and luck!

    September 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    Three words. People like crap.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve-O

    Never heard of this guy. But then again I'm caucasian.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. betty

    I love Tyler.

    September 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Double L

    I for one thinks Tyler Perry deserves every penny he's earned. He's one of the hardest working people in the entertainment industry. If you've ever seen his movies and plays – he writes, directs, produces, acts in them...and they have great characters, always a good message mixed with humor and real world situations. And he's a deeply spiritual, kind and giving person – let's face it, the guy is the male version of Oprah. I love, love, love him and follow every project – movie or play or television...I don't know why the hate and racism are being posted here...

    September 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MD

    Good for him, although his TV shows and movies are fueling the dumbing down of America. His work is generally sophmoric.

    September 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Panty Wearing Fairy

    Tyler is a dullard but he does give Great Head job!! SUCK ME TYLER!!

    September 14, 2011 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  17. Tom

    haha, never heard of tyler perry or his tv shows – cuz i dropped cable or just cuz i don't watch crap?

    September 14, 2011 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  18. bobby

    Ma Dukes

    September 14, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  19. shirley blake

    that's what up

    September 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. wake up

    impeach Obama. he is making everything worse. a 1-year recovery is going to take 10 years at this rate. businesses have money to invest, but they are afraid of what Prsbo is gonna do next.

    September 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Agnim

    Way to go, Tyler.
    Eat your little heart out, Spike Lee. lol

    September 13, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. wake up

    If you think the rich don't pay "their fair share" you must have failed math. if all those who pay no taxes had to give at least 300 dollars a year, there would be no trillion ollar debt. all you poor people need to pay

    September 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. PhilG.

    GREAT for Tyler Perry.

    He worked his rear end off writing and directing all these movies and tv shows and frankly he deserves every penny.

    You have nothing to apologize for Mr.Perry-nobody gave you the money-YOU EARNED EVERY PENNY.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Doc Brown

    Meanwhile, the American public gets poorer and more and more people who serve this country (cops, teachers, etc.) are loosing jobs. Good times!!

    September 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  25. humannature7

    Very impressive! And I know Mr. Perry will make a great contribution to society, charity wise, with his financial gain.

    I can't help but notice all of the jealous posts on this topic. Shame shame.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ben

    Tyler Perry's not stupid, he's smart enough to know that there's enough people with no taste or common sense that will whip out their wallets in a heartbeat to see his latest turd wrapped in a bow. He's simply applying the same tactic used by the hip-hop industry, "Keep shoveling crap and people will buy it, especially if it's shiny and easy to digest".

    September 13, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jamie

    So inspiring. Just goes to show that you can produce utter CR@P and still make a fortune.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • keppin' it real

      You are jealous because you obviously don't have the brain matter to uplift yourself and make a buck like MR. PERRY has. Granted, you don't have to like him, you don't even have to go to his movies or watch his TV shows, but don't hate because he's made something of himself and you're wallowing in self pity! No one makes you go to the movies, but for those that do, it's their business if they extract even an ounce of pleasure out of it. Get a life!!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  28. Guido

    Who the hell is Tyler Perry? Never heard of him or seen him in my 33 years.

    September 13, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Hair bear

    Why all the negative stuff, lots of others make more than that. We didn't get upset when they named all the rich people in the world in Forbes magazine. Now let's get a life people, let's just ask them to pay more taxes I'm sure they want kill over broke if they do.

    September 13, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ken in NC

    WOW.......It can almost be said that Tiger Woods is heading to the "Po House" having earned only 75 million dollars this year.

    Tyler Perry on the other hand must have listened to what my mom used to tell us all the time. It was her favorite quote. "If ya gonna act stupid, ya better be getting paid for it".

    September 13, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  31. dre

    have any of you idiot (i am guessing white folks) on here actually googled that fact that he was homeless at one point and rose up to this level through his plays and franchise. if this were a pretty white girl rags to riches story, there would not even be this undertone of racism. affrimative action? shames me some people and their assumptions

    September 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |

    Ok to comment on Tyler's part of the arrticle; I am not a big Tyler Perry fan; alot of his movies with the exception of two have the same story line which gets very boring and I don't care too much for his t.v shows. However, I am not hating on this man either, he has worked damn hard to get where he is so I congratulate him on all his success. To comment on the article as a whole, it must be nice to make that kind of money during such a devastating time, meanwhile Bank of America is planning on terminating 30,000 jobs. LIFE IS AWESOME (SAYING WITH MUCH SARCASM) – Just my opinion

    September 13, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Karla

    I think he deserves everything he has, his movies and plays are funny and they also have a message behind them!

    September 13, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. aNN

    more proof the country is NOT poor

    September 13, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Mason

    I'm wondering if any of these guys payed their share of the tax due on that amount of money,

    September 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jeff

    Obviously it's racism. Poor black man trying to make it in Hollywood and he's being discriminated against. Look at all these poor black folks like Oprah and Obama. They are being held down it's pretty obvious.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jason

    He's the highest paid??

    I didn't know second-rate, low brow movies were considered successes...I guess we should take another look at all those Jim Carrey movies...this is affirmative action at work. I don't know anyone who has paid for, sat through, or enjoyed a tyler perry movie.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sol

      I've seen and sat through ALL his movies.
      And me and my entire family bust out laughing almost every 3 minutes.

      I don't know what you're talking about. Maybe you could pull that stick off your butt and relax a little bit.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Hanks

      He's a joke as an actor and comedian. Truly terrible, untalented, unfunny and overpaid. If you tell the truth, then you're labeled as a racist. That's horse crap. He stinks, sorry.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ellie

      How moronic could you be? Affirmative Action at work? He's in the entertainment industry. People who want to watch his movies and and television shows watch them and that's that.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • keepin' it real

      You are jealous because you obviously don't have the brain matter to uplift yourself and make a buck like MR. PERRY has. Granted, you don't have to like him, you don't even have to go to his movies or watch his TV shows, but don't hate because he's made something of himself and you're wallowing in self pity! No one makes you go to the movies, but for those that do, it's their business if they extract even an ounce of pleasure out of it. Get a life!!!!

      September 14, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • BH

      Tyler Perry's brand of comedy is more suited to African Americans and our struggles. It's kind of like an inside joke. If you don't understand the back story; the joke goes right over your head. His movies are great because although he catches your attention with some comical moments, he addresses some real life issues in the African American community; esp the movie 'Madea goes to jail'. So it's understandable that everyone won't get the punchlines and all, but if you pay attention the message comes through.

      September 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Phil

    130 mil, and he hasnt put out a single good product. All of his crap is horrid.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Metroc


    September 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Julie

    So that's who Tyler Perry is. I thought he was an American Idol contestant or something.
    Well I'm a non-contributor to his wealth.

    September 13, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  41. tony

    A small fraction of what all the wall street bankers that screwed all America STILL take home.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Mary

    What is it that Simon Cowell does?

    September 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  43. TDiddy

    I would pay that much just to see him go away...nobody stereotypes blacks more than he does and yet they watch and watch and watch, no problem. Real smart. I've blocked TBS so I don't have to see too much of him/her/it.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  44. erich2112x

    I wont miss a Tyler Perry movie, but not much into his TV stuff.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  45. KajinPL

    Sounds about right. He's been doing good since '99. Makes sense.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  46. meetoo

    That's sad. Only 1 actor in the top 10. Not pulling there weight anymore. Too bad.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  47. J

    Don't understand how he's the highest paid. I've only seen previews of his movies and they S-U-C-K! And you people calling each other names–GROW UP! I don't normally read entertainment news, but it seems that the people who read this are all immature if you act this way. For crying out loud.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • dawn

      If you have only seen previews of his movies how do you know that they suck?

      September 13, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Ringo

    Yea, he has a bunch of TV shows and movies. They are all the same thing. Ghetto humor.

    September 13, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  49. canseefromspace

    Now if Mr. Perry would just come out already.......

    September 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. olde angus hogandingle

    I know it's not a popular idea, but I wish EVERYONE paid a flat tax, the same percentage across the board, whatever that would be. If the guy that makes 18k at McDonalds has to pay "x" amount, then rich movie star, sports star, grocery store manager, etc has to pay the same percentage of his earnings. Everyone should pay the same percentage.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Brian

    I only saw one Tyler Perry movie and I forget the name. It was like Mad Madena's house of traveling pants family or something, but anyway I couldn't enjoy the movie because the audience was so loud. I don't know if the noise level had anything to do with them being black but there was a lot of laughing and talking on phones. I got up to leave and some dude said "where you goin white boy?" and I got scared by his deep black voice so I sat back down and prayed that my car would be okay outside. It was a bad neighborhood and I'm pretty sure everyone in the theater was a gang member, even the employees.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tinisha

      Okay Brian I am going to assume that you are not a racist by the comments you made. Just because you choose to go to a predominately black theatre it doesnt mean that everyone is in a gang. I think you need to get a backbone, if anyone asked me where i was going in a movie theatre and i didnt come with person or know that person I would just ignore what they said and kept steppin. If you have a problem with blacks dont surround yourself with them.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr.T

      "I got scared by his deep black voice" – that is funny right there.

      September 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • livecnntv

      Ow, poor Brian...hope you made out of the theater and neighborhood OK...I understand you probably had to go to a predominately black theater because Tyler Perry movies are usually not available at predominately white (you can insert other human races here.) At least not where i live in Toronto, Canada.

      September 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  52. portalschmuck

    EVERYONE SHOULD PAY TAXES, NOT JUST THE RICH. There are a lot more freeloaders out there who wait for the gov't to give them money someone else worked for. If you ALL paid taxes,, mabe you'd care more about what the freakin politicians and lobbyists do to you!

    September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. kennyd

    Howard Stern? Does anyone listen to him? yuck.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Booo

    Well when you direct, produce, write, and star as multiple characters in a film, you're bound to make more money. That said, I wished Tyler Perry would be known for his work outside of the madea franchise and the spinoff sitcoms created. For instance, I thought The Family That Preys was a good movie with a multicultural task.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TylerPerry

      I completely agree. Now that Tyler Perry has made some money with his movies and comedies, maybe he can broaden his range little bit and try something different...I like his interpretation of real life situations, but his movies and sitcoms lack a certain depth and I can currently only tolerate them in short doses...

      September 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Kate

    On the fence about his brand of entertainment. The shrink in me wants to scream "internalized racism."

    However, he's had a hard road, and he's made something of himself, and he talks about part of a culture that a lot of people otherwise wouldn't hear about...so...I don't know.

    130 million?!?!?!?! Good sweet jesus, people spend a lot of money at the movies.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Dan


    September 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      The man who makes more money than you will ever see in a lifetime. Clear?

      September 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Steve the Pirate

    Shiver me timbers! Thar be a midget in me bum! He's blowing bubbles. Now I've got wood.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  58. adam

    I have tried to watch his films/shows. They have never come scross as anything more than amateurish and painfully unfunny to me. It ranks up there with American Idol for me in that it makes me think "what the hell are millions of people thinking?"

    September 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jon King

    I have seriously never heard of this guy in my life. But sounds like he must be good at what he does.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madea

      Rent one of the Madea movies, he plays several of the characters including Madea, an old black woman. Very funny!

      September 13, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I've never heard of him either. But then, I can read an entire issue of People Magazine and never have heard of any of those people, either. There are much more important things going on in the world.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      @Alex, yet you come to the ENTERTAINMENT blog on CNN and post something at that. I'm confused.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxocalorie

      I am a bit confused as to why anyone would click in an article, read the whole thing, then proceed to post a comment stating they do not know who the people mentioned in the article are?

      September 14, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dave

    That's awesome! He is very funny and talented that's for sure. And he's a cross dresser.

    September 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  61. CJ

    These celebrities are way OVERPAID...no wonder our country is falling into debt....

    September 13, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pale Crow

      While I agree, it's still the OPEN MARKET paying them, not taxes, so you really have no one person to blame for this.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adrian

      How much should they be paid? What is "overpaid"? If my talent (subjective interpretation) creates a $1 billion haul, and I reap tens or hundreds of miillions, how is that wrong? If I can slam a basketball, and someone PAYS me (read: I didn't steal or extort it, they gave ME a contract), how is that wrong? If you want teachers to make more, agress the government that controls their salaries. But entertainment and sports are private industries, and furthermore, WE as fans pay their salaries when we buy jerseys, DVDs, movie tickets, CDs, et. Al. So, what you are really saying is that these people are too popular.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tewks44

      you are aware the federal government doesn't pay entertainers right? It's actually the other way around.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      CJ, im sure you TRIED to make a valid point, but unfortunately, you failed. Waa-Waa.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Garlene

    Talent know it when you see it. an Educated african american changing things an keep is own with jobs how about you google Tyler Perry an find out more about him. God keeps on Blessing !!!!

    September 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • adam

      There are many FAR more talented African-American filmakers in Hollywood than Perry.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  63. arch

    Most of these people have very good accounts/firms and they have tons of tax write offs. So, paying 30% is more like a lower figure. I remember a bunch of years ago Occidental Life received a refund on their taxes of 45 mil or more! I really don't know anything about this dude. I don't doubt he is making money, but where did he come from. I believe I have seen a movie with him in it, but it wasn't that good. I don't understand why this is news! He makes money. I don't care. He's the only one that does! That's fine. I guess they ran out of good news items, which are hard to come by in the entertainment business!

    September 13, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Wendy

    Good for Tyler Perry! I love him and his work! Tyler Perry deserves this! Don't like his humor, don't watch! I think he's hysterically funny! What makes this all so great is Tlyer Perry is a wonderful person! Nice!!

    September 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Etta Sandwich

      Tyler Perrys productions are humoruous but they are TRUE reflections of idiots behaving as idiots. *POOT* <-Smell that one!

      September 13, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  65. A.D. and Zee

    The Adventures of Tin Tin. We're so there

    September 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Evel Knievel

    That's a lot of Kool-Aid and Newports.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      That sure is racist of you to say. But you don't know any better. So please go back to being taste.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • UFC iTard

      Go back to being taste? Who is he Dr. Pepper?

      September 13, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Candace

      Wow very racist. You are obviously not very educated.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ares

      haha very funny comment,I'm pretty sure tyler perry would laugh at that being a comedian and all

      September 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      I'm sure it beats living in a trailer park, huh Evel?

      September 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Kisa Kisa

    good for him...
    huge accomplishment...


    September 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Mabelsimmons

    I stumbled across a Tyler Perry Movie a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. I love "Madea" There is always a message!! The more I find out a bout Tyler Perry the more Impressed I am ! He has done so much for others and now he is being blessed too!! I will always be a fan of Tyler Perry and "Madea"

    September 13, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  69. @b=dog

    3O percent ? That's all ? O yes, the loop holes.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Ron Hubbard

      How much taxes do you pay? @@b=dog, you probly don't pay any cause you don't make enough. When did you ever get a job from a poor man? You are a schmuck!

      September 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  70. kathy

    Bottom Line.....Tyler Perry iused his pain to help others and now God has blessed him.

    September 13, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Really?!

    Really?! REALLY?! Tyler Perry?! I find this article UN-believeable

    September 13, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Actually, it's completely believeable. The guy is behind many TV shows and movies, and those who share his ethnicity love his stuff.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaer

      joe your an idiot

      September 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      Tyler Perry, the purveyor of low brow comedy, scores big. We also have that other low brow Perry from Texas who wants to be President. This is the year of the undeserving Perrys!

      September 13, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  72. KFC

    Agreed, "weinerschnitzel."

    While there are good messages to be learned through , they are overshadowed by the other negatives... such as annoying/unnecessary dialogue, to name a few.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  73. @ wow

    Get back to work... McDondalds don't run on their own, you know.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  74. wow

    Why don't they help out our country's debt ? Oh that is right, that is up to the lower class to do. Selfish sobs.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • B=Dog

      You are a moron... They probably pay close to 30% of that in taxes.

      September 13, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      B-Dog. Not anywhere near 30%. For starters, the max tax bracket is 28%. On top of that, take deductions out the wazoo. Even Warren Buffet's *effective* tax bracket is lower than his secretary's! If you've *got* money, you can *hide* money. Believe it.

      September 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Busted

      @B=Dog – that's still a lower rate then they should be paying, who's the moron?

      September 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pale Crow

      Well said.

      Those w/ obscenely large amounts of money (more than they COULD ever dispense w/ in a lifetime) SHOULD help out those less fortuante through no faul;t of their own.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DsOpinion

      I don't know if any of you really understand taxes, warren buffet doesn't need to hide any of his money or take deductions, the reason his effective tax rate is ~17% is because the vast majority of his earnings are capital gains (investments held longer than one year that are then cashed in) which are only taxed at 15%.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Jealously will get you nowhere. And besides, odds are that each of these guys gives more to charity in a year than you'll make in a lifetime.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaer

      these are the incomes the republicans are protecting with tax cuts calling then "job creators"

      nothing against them but they should pay the same as the rest of us.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      AGeek, you clearly have no idea what you are talking about. First, the highest federal income tax bracket is 35%. Most of these people live in CA and the income tax rate there is 10.3% for high wage earners. Next, people with significant taxable income do not get the benefits of deductions–they phase out based on how much money one makes and most deductions are capped at amounts way below the expenses of these folks (e.g., deduction for interest on mortgage is essentially 1.1M of mortgage).

      Second, you seem to be blindly (or deceiptfully) using the same argument that the President and Mr Buffet use. The reason Mr Buffet pays a lower percentage in taxes than his secretary is because all of her income is taxed at ordinary income rates and the vast majority of his income is taxed at capital gain rates. Note that neither the President nor Mr Buffet are calling for a raise in the capital gain rates (because across the board economists will tell you that is a bad idea in a weak economy). They want to raise the ordinary income rates. Guess what, Mr Buffet will still pay a lower percentage than his secretary. Next time you want to quote good ole' Mr Buffet, you should also note that he has pledged to give something like 99% of his wealth to charities. If Mr Buffet were so concerned about paying taxes, then he wouldn't do that (and completely avoid income and estate taxes). Instead he would give it to family, in which case, all of the built in gains (value over cost) he has in his assets would be taxed as they were liquidated (we could even do it at ordinary rates if that would make the ole' fellar happy) and his estate would pay a 50% tax. But no . . . Mr Buffet wants to choose where he spends his money. He doesn't want the government to choose how to spend his money like he wants the government to do with mine.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      @ wow
      Are you kidding me...selfish snob? Do you have any idea how many poeple are employed by this guy not to mention the staggering amount of tax he pays? Go start an entertainment company yourself before you spout off.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tina

      Now, you don't really know what individuals do for charity or other causes, so before you say they are selfish snobs, you should do your homework. That said, there are many people (not just in the entertainment industry) who are loaded but don't help others–and there are also many who do!

      September 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • travis

      Yeah. They should give every loser/deadbeat/slob in this country a cut of their hard earned money.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      "They probably pay close to 30% of that in taxes."

      You're an imbecile. If they pay that, they should fire their incompetent accountants. The richest 400 people in the US paid an average of 18.1% in income taxes last year.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      @Thomas - actually he knows what he's talking about, and you are a moron. Buffett paid 17% in taxes last year. Look it up, moron.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      While ya'll continue to argue about this man's finances, he just continues to make money. In fact, he makes money even while he's sleeping. Yeah, so keep calling each other morons and continue to not make a single effort to maybe make the money you all are coveting.

      September 13, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • PrairieFires

      AGeek is right – Buffett's secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does and he openly admits it! Middle income American's are taxed on payroll – ultra rich make money on investments and their tax rate is much less. Remember Congress passing a reduction of capitol gains tax so regular American wouldn't get hit when selling there home? Well, the passage of that law was a tax reduction for the wealthy. The wealthy (by that, I don't mean upper middle class) don't get hit for payroll taxes cuz people like Buffett don't punch a timeclock or get a salary. Buffett also said the tax rate is already pretty flat. He believes the ultra rich need to pony up there fair share of taxes. Don't believe Buffett said that? Go to youtube and search "Buffett & Gates Go Back to School." Buffet says it in the show. Such is the legacy of voodoo economics.

      September 13, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • scott

      Actually, 1/3 of "taxpayers" require some sort of assistance from the government and actually get back more money than they pay in taxes. Think about it

      September 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  75. weinerschnitzel

    Obviously there is no accounting for taste.

    September 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      Do you understand what money is? The more you have the higher you are on this list for entertainers. If you have beef take it some where else.

      September 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin


      September 13, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Stephen...chill dude. It's meant to be a joke, and it's actually quite funny.

      September 13, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      I agree.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kake79

      I was going to say that obviously income /= talent in all cases.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      That's like $ 500.000 a DAY!!!!!! Very nice...I will keep on playing the Lottery.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      At one point Pauly Shore made a lot of money, too, but I don't think he'd win to many Mr. Awesome Actor awards today.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TBS

      Very funny.

      September 13, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ray

      Tiger Woods is laughing all the way to the bank. MY HERO!

      September 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler Perry is stupid

      That's a fact. I wish I could make this much creating subpar cable comedies.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJA

      Yes there is acounting for "good tase". Is is like good looks or talent. It is by definition something most people don't have. "Good" anything is by definition better than the common grade. If you want to make money yo sell your stuff to the larger crowd. People with "good taste" don't watch TV at all, you'd go broke if you made shows for them.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark C

      ** People with "good taste" don't watch TV at all, you'd go broke if you made shows for them. **

      You're an imbecile. Television has never been better than it has over the past decade plus with shows like The Wire, Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, The Sopranos and on and on.

      September 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackofArts

      Tyler Perry is stupid OK-You come with a funnier set of comedies reflecting the African-American lifestyle and making more money than Tyler, then you can something to whine about. Until then-Shut the %^(* up!!

      September 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      America is dumbed down bigtime. This is just one more example of that.

      September 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • ibrad

      This guy & his shows are the best. The dumbing down just keeps building up speed! Snookkii for Prez 2012!

      September 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • fklwersa

      Is it just me or does Medea movies remind anyone else of Ernest P. World movies? Awful, just awful stuff.

      September 14, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |

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