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Forbes' List of the Highest Paid Television Actresses May Make You Wonder Why You Even Bother Getting Up in the Morning

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 18, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Lists | July 18, 2012 |

Maybe I’m being a little harsh with the headline; I wrote it after only having seen the top five. The rest of the list includes plenty of women who do not make a living by allowing cameras to follow them around while they shop. I am somewhat surprised at who is at the top of the list, and I have to assume that some of the money came from Sofia Vergara’s role in The Three Stooges and her prolific commercial work (Julie Bowen, who I assume makes a comparable salary on “Modern Family” is not on the list at all). It is kind of neat about Vergara, too, as she was a former farmer’s daughter from Colombia. AMERICAN DREAM (by way of Colombia).

Otherwise, the list includes the foursome from “Desperate Housewives,” and several others who earned their salaries by virtue of longevity: Their shows have been on for many years, and the syndication money has started to roll in (Tina Fey, of course, earns that money as star, creator, and writer of “30 Rock.”)

I do wonder why Alyson Hannigan is on the list, but Cobie Smulders is not?

Poor Kourtney Kardashian. You think she has to borrow money from her sisters?

Here’s the complete list, per Forbes.

Sofia Vergara — $19 million

Kim Kardashian — $18 million

Eva Longoria — $15 million

Bethany Frankel — $12 million

Khloe Kardashian Odom — $11 million

Tina Fey — $11 million

Mariska Hargitay — $10 million

Zooey Deschanel — $9 million

Felicity Huffman — $9 million

Ellen Pompeo — $9 million

Kate Walsh — $8 million

Teri Hatcher — $8 million

Marcia Cross — $8 million

Kaley Cuoco — $8 million

Alyson Hannigan — $7 million

Marg Helgenberger — $7 million

Melissa McCarthy — $6 million

Julianna Margulies — $6 million

Kyra Sedgwick — $6 million

Courteney Cox — $5 million

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