Music mogul Simon Cowell is the top television earner

Last Updated: Aug 11, 2011, 09:03 AM IST

London: Simon Cowell is the highest earner on American television with expected earnings of USD 75 million per season from reality show ‘The X Factor.’

Cowell, who will launch the US version of his reality TV show later this year, will reportedly pocket USD 75 million per season on the programme, including his fee as producer, reports contactmusic.com.

Meanwhile, actor Ashton Kutcher has been revealed as the highest paid sitcom actor in America, despite only filming his first episode of ‘Two and a Half Men’ Aug 5.

The 33-year-old, who replaced actor Charlie Sheen in the show after he was fired from his role as Charlie Harper earlier this year, earns $700,000 an episode and while it is considerably less than Charlie`s USD 1.2 million, Ashton makes more than his closest competitors.

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