Tyra Banks’ $30 million last year made her prime-time TV’s highest-paid woman

Creating a reality competition that’s all about herself has worked well for Tyra Banks: The America’s Next Top Model creator and judge was the top-earning female in prime time TV last year, making an estimated $30 million from June 1, 2008, to June 1, 2009, according to Forbes.

The rest of the top 10 consists of women who star on major network TV shows. No other reality stars are in the top 10, and most on the list make less than a third of what Tyra does. Of course, she also has a daytime talk show and pulled in money by serving as an executive producer on ABC’s True Beauty and The CW’s Stylista, shows she should have paid us for watching.

Prime-Time’s Top-Earning Women [Forbes]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.