Chelsea Handler may not have a lot of viewers, but she gets paid a lot of dough for the ones she does have on "Chelsea Lately." Jon Stewart is likewise laughing all the way to the bank. And it's time for CNN's Anderson Cooper to come out … as possibly overpaid.
But not every TV star triumphed at the negotiating table with the network suits. Ashton Kutcher may have nabbed $17 million a year to replace Charlie Sheen on "Two and a Half Men," but that's not necessarily a king's ransom given that sitcom's popularity (it's also less than Sheen made). Ted Danson cut CBS a real bargain for his services on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." And Jennifer Lopez and Ryan Seacrest? The folks at"American Idol" are getting them for a song.
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