Jimmy Fallon, host of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” had a hit show Wednesday night with performances from two major celebrity guests.
First, Fallon opened the show alongside Justin Timberlake with a “History of Rap 6.” The friends rapped along to a range of hip-hop hits, including Whodini’s “Friends,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” Salt-N-Pepa’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
Jimmy Fallon finished off the episode with an epic lip sync battle against comedienne and TV host Ellen DeGeneres. Fallon synced along to The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó. DeGeneres challenged the host with songs “Do You Know Where You’re Going to?” by Diana Ross and “B—h Better Have My Money” by Rihanna. Timberlake acted as a judge to decide the winner of “The Tonight Show” lip sync battle.
DeGeneres won “The Tonight Show” lip sync battle. But who earns a higher salary: Ellen DeGeneres with her popular daytime show or Jimmy Fallon with “The Tonight Show”?
Jimmy Fallon Net Worth and ‘Tonight Show’ Salary
The success of “The Tonight Show” has made Fallon a valuable asset to NBC. As host of one of the most popular late-night shows, Fallon commands an impressive salary of $11 million a year, according to CelebrityNetWorth.
Fallon has been a showbiz success for years, however. He started out on “Saturday Night Live” in 1998 and soon made a name for himself. Fallon parlayed his “SNL” success into other opportunities, including acting gigs in films like “Fever Pitch” and “Whip It.”
“The Tonight Show” host moved to late-night TV in 2009 as the host of “Late Night” on NBC and was later chosen by the network to replace Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show” in 2014. This success has put Jimmy Fallon’s net worth at an estimated $25 million.
‘The Tonight Show’ Regains Top Ratings Spot From ‘The Late Show’
Wednesday’s “The Tonight Show” episode signaled Fallon’s return to late-night dominance. Stephen Colbert’s Tuesday debut episode as host of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” upstaged Fallon’s ratings. But, Fallon’s Wednesday episode of “The Tonight Show” reclaimed the coveted top spot for the 18-49 demographic, reports Variety.
Jimmy Fallon has held a steady place as the king of late-night TV with high ratings and a consistently large audience. In the second quarter of 2015, “The Tonight Show” pulled in 3.573 million viewers overall, reports The Wrap.
Ellen DeGeneres Net Worth and ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ Salary
While Fallon has had plenty of success as a late night host, Ellen DeGeneres is a true moneymaker. Her biggest paychecks probably come from her hit daytime show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which premiered its 13th season on Tuesday to favorable ratings.
Ellen DeGeneres’ salary is big enough to make her TV’s “best-paid personality.” Her show, along with DeGeneres’ production company Very Good Productions, helped her earn a whopping $75 million from June 2014 to June 2015, reports Forbes.
DeGeneres started out as a stand-up comedian in the ’80s and landed a breakout spot to perform on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Carson” in 1986. She quickly gained popularity and appeared regularly on late-night shows, finally landing her own sitcom in 1994 called “Ellen.” Ellen DeGeneres made history in 1997 when her “Ellen” character became the first TV lead to come out as gay. A year later, the show was canceled.
Despite the controversy that followed the show’s cancellation, DeGeneres landed a lead role in the 2003 Pixar hit “Finding Nemo” as the voice of Dory. The same year she also landed her talk show deal for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which quickly became an award-winning hit. Today, Ellen DeGeneres’ net worth is estimated to be $330 million.
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