Sofia Vergara is still the richest bitch overall in TV, even after the penis version of Forbes’ World’s Highest Paid TV Actors list came out. Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons was named the richest man in TV, but he was still $14 million short of Sofia’s total earnings. Still, I suspect the $27.5 million dollars Jim banked last year will go a long way towards easing the sting poverty.
According to Forbes, Jim and his male BBT cast-mates are all sitting pretty at the top of the list with the men of Modern Family because in case it wasn’t blindingly obvious already, mediocrity is well rewarded in our country. Actors who appear on those two shows alone, make up the majority of the top 10 male earners.
It’s well known that the original cast of BBT; Jim, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki (#2) and eventually Simon Helberg (#3) and Kunal Nayyar (#4), played hardball and got CBS to pay them $1 million per episode so they’re all on the list. But Jim’s side hustle pushed him to the front of the bread line. According to Forbes:
Though he has the same salary as other Big Bang stars, Parsons edges them out in total earnings thanks to a seven-figure endorsement deal with Intel, a role in Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures and a short stint on Sirius radio. Next year, we can expect to see his earnings increase (even with that Big Bang salary decrease) thanks to Young Sheldon, the new CBS comedy which he narrates and produces.
The men of Modern Family take up four slots on the list with Ty Burrell coming in at #6 with $13 mill in earnings. Mark Harmon (#5, NCIS) and Kevin Spacey (tied at #8, House of Cards) are the only two actors not on BBT or MF to make the top ten. Both have producing credits on their respective shows.
If you peep the kind of things I peep, then you will have peeped that Kunal is the only non-white dude on this list. Forbes peeped that too. They cite a lack of roles for people of color as a main factor. Only 11.4% of lead roles on scripted broadcast television are written for minority actors. But Forbes optimistically adds:
The longer shows with diverse casts are on air, the more leverage their stars will have to negotiate higher salaries. So don’t be surprised to see stars like Anthony Anderson, Terrence Howard and Sterling K. Brown on the list in years to come.
Gee whiz, Forbes, that’s great to hear! Let’s ask Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park how that worked out for them……