Judge Judy, aka Judy Sheindlin.
Photograph by Sonja Flemming — CBS via Getty Images
By Daniel Bukszpan
March 7, 2015

Fans of Judith Sheindlin — better known as “Judge Judy” — will be happy to learn that for the next five years, she’s not going anywhere. According to The Washington Post, her previous contract with CBS, which still had two years left to go on it, was extended Monday until 2020, so she will be adjudicating small claims disputes in a simulated courtroom setting for the next five years, at a minimum.

Not bad for a star of daytime TV, whose denizens rarely make the headlines that their prime-time and late-night counterparts do. However, just because they don’t get all the ink, it doesn’t mean that their salaries don’t keep pace with the competition. Daytime TV salaries are frequently stratospheric, as TV Guide Magazine recounts in its yearly “Who Earns What: TV Guide Magazine‘s Annual Salary Roundup of TV’s Highest Paid Stars” report.

The most recent dispatch of this kind was released in August 2014. Fortune mined the data found therein and discovered which stars are bringing home the bacon while you’re slaving away in your cubicle, struggling to earn just to make your car payments.


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