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Top 20 Highest Paid TV Actresses: Two Kardashians Paid More Than Tina Fey

More money talk! Forbes recently informed us that, in the past year, Kristen Stewart was the highest paid actress in Hollywood, Tom Cruise was the highest paid actor and Taylor Swift was the highest paid celebrity under 30.

Tom reportedly made $75 million, Taylor made $57 million and Kristen made $34.5 million. With that in mind, Forbes has now turned on its television news, listing the 20 highest paid actresses on the boob tube.

The word "actress" is certainly a stretch, since Forbes includes reality TV personalities like Kim and Khloe Kardashian and Bethenny Frankel. And, as Entertainment Weekly notes, the list doesn't include Saturday Night Live's Kristen Wiig because they put her on the movie actresses list. But some TV stars that did make the list — like Melissa McCarthy, Kristen's Bridesmaids co-star — are only in the top 20 for TV stars because their movie checks helped bump them up the list. So it's a weird selection, made weirder by the idea that last year's list was topped by a tie between Desperate Housewives’ Eva Longoria and 30 Rock’s Tina Fey and now they are third and fifth, under a few reality stars.

But even TV’s top money-maker, endorsement queen Sofia Vergara of Modern Family, “only” made $19 million. Lesson of the day: The biggest money in entertainment is in movies and pop music. Take note, college kids!

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Here are the top-earning TV actresses of 2012:

1. Sofia Vergara, $19 million
2. Kim Kardashian, $18 million
3. Eva Longoria, $15 million
4. Bethenny Frankel, $12 million
5. Khloe Kardashian Odom, $11 million
5. Tina Fey, $11 million
7. Mariska Hargitay, $10 million
8. Zooey Deschanel, $9 million
8. Felicity Huffman, $9 million
8. Ellen Pompeo, $9 million
11. Kate Walsh, $8 million
11. Teri Hatcher, $8 million
11. Marcia Cross, $8 million
11. Kaley Cuoco, $8 million
15. Alyson Hannigan, $7 million
15. Marg Helgenberger, $7 million
17. Melissa McCarthy, $6 million
17. Julianna Margulies, $6 million
17 . Kyra Sedgwick, $6 million
20. Courteney Cox, $5 million

Any surprises there for you?

Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Forbes

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07.19.2012 / 04:01 PM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: News, The Kardashians

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