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'Chelsea Lately' Panel Takes Jabs at Judge Judy's High Salary (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 28th 2011 6:00PM
Chelsea Handler on 'Judge Judy' on 'Chelsea Lately'Chelsea Handler used a New York Times article about Judge Judy Sheindlin's astronomical salary as a jumping off point for some laughs on 'Chelsea Lately' (weeknights, 11PM ET on E!). According to the report, Judge Judy makes $45 million a year, a bafflingly gigantic figure to Handler and her roundtable of comedians Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin, and Chris Franjola.

Handler observed that Sheindlin's salary, "is more than Jay Leno and David Letterman make combined, which is hard to believe. But she only works five days a month, so she makes 865,000 dollars a day."

Myrin imagined Sheindlin was a tough negotiator, spouting wisdom and intimidating the negotiators. "They fear her as if she's handing out death sentences or prison sentences," said Franjola about Sheindlin's litigants, "but she's only, like, telling people, 'You're gonna paint that man's garage.'"

Myrin also imagined Sheindlin bragging to Oprah Winfrey about how much money she makes, and if you go back to that New York Times article that Handler cited, the interviewer mentions that 'Judge Judy' sometimes beat Winfrey's show in the ratings during Winfrey's march to cable. So maybe she actually earned the money.

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I guess they have no concept of economics and an idea called "return on investment." Producers of the show feel that she is worth that amount. The show production company makes money proportional to her income, based on advertising. All parties involved, including the companies that advertise with the show, feel it's a worthwhile investment. The show is making money: they didn't produce the show to pay Judge Judy money, they produce the show to make a profit. They must be making a profit, or they would cancel the show.

August 10 2011 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lue Blackwell

chelsea makes too much her self for her dry humor & dumb $---! So STFU!

August 02 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No one would pay her the money if her show wasn't earning it.

August 01 2011 at 1:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oneonta Fats

Chelsea is flat-out wrong... Letterman and Leno combined DO make more than $45 million.

July 30 2011 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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July 28 2011 at 9:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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