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How Much Do These 11 LGBT TV Stars Make?

How Much Do These 11 LGBT TV Stars Make?

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Jim Parsons is now the highest-paid LGBT actor on television. How have others stacked up?

The stars of the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory have negotiated one of the biggest per-episode hauls in television in recent years, making Jim Parsons the highest-paid gay actor on television.

Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, and Jim Parsons have come to an agreement on a new three-year contract that would extend the CBS series into 10 seasons and earn each actor $1 million for each of the next three seasons' 72 episodes. The contract, which also includes back-end deals and signing bonuses, would earn each star up to $90 million over the course of three years, Out reports.

But how does that compare to some of the other LGBT TV stars in recent history? Here's what 11 of them earned.


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Matt Bomer, White Collar
$125,000 per episode

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David Hyde Pierce, Frasier
$750,000 per episode

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Chris Colfer, Glee
$45,000 per episode

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Ellen DeGeneres, The Ellen DeGeneres Show plus all other deals
$56 million in 2013

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Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show
$7 million per year


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Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
$225,000 per episode

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Jane Lynch, Glee
$80,000 per episode

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Cynthia Nixon, Sex and the City
$325,000 per episode

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Anna Paquin, True Blood
$275,000 per episode


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Raven-Symone, That's So Raven
$35,000 per episode

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
$175,000 per episode

Additional reporting by Lynn de la Cruz

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