How Much Does Tom Bergeron Make To Host Dancing With the Stars?
Tom Bergeron is the best host on TV, in our humble and incredibly biased opinions, and he’s paid pretty well for it.
It's a tough gig to host a live TV show like Dancing With the Stars — you have to babysit the judges, referee some fights, get your butt pinched by Maksim Chmerkovskiy, remember to thank the band, keep up a steady stream of one-liners and make sure all the trains leave the station on time.
So we can't begrudge him his massive paycheck, whichTV Guide Magazine says is $150,000 an episode. There are two episodes of DWTS a week and 10 weeks to a season, with two seasons every year. If that number is accurate, it adds up to about $6 million a year, just from DWTS — and doesn't count whatever he gets for America's Funniest Home Videos, among other gigs.
But it's nothing next to some of his peers. Jeff Probst doesn't even have to host weekly live shows, but he does travel the world, deal with stinky contestants and win Emmys. So that's probably why he reportedly makes $200,000 per episode to host Survivor.
Phil Keoghan of The Amazing Race seems to get "only" $100,000 and since his gig is arguably the most fun, he's probably still overpaid. Chris Harrison "only" gets $60,000 per episode for The Bachelor/ette, but since he maybe utters five lines an episode, that's also probably too high. And finish your food before you read about Simon Cowell, who supposedly makes $75 million per season for The X Factor, including his producer’s fee.
Read the full story for more salaries — and let us know if you hear of any TV show host openings. We’re totally ready to make that kind of $$.