Who’s the Highest-Paid Star in Reality TV?

Jun 22, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A new two-year reality show deal totaling $160 million makes a familiar face the highest-paid reality star in TV–and it’s not as though he needs the money.

Donald Trump’s abandoned flirtation with running for president apparently has paid dividends, with the real estate baron and TV host getting a huge raise for his work on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” the New York Post reports.

NBC has reportedly agreed to pay Trump and "Apprentice" co-producer Mark Burnett $160 million over two years.

Trump couldn’t be reached for comment, the story says, adding that he’s believed to personally be taking home $65 million per year, representing a big bump from his earlier NBC deal.

The agreement makes Trump the highest-paid reality star on television, surpassing "American Idol" judges and the Kardashians, the piece notes. While Trump co-owns the show with Burnett, he receives a large fee for starring on the program.

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