Whoâd have thought it? Eamonn Holmes has been revealed as Britainâs richest TV star of 2011.
Jonathan Ross step aside, thereâs a new sheriff in town. The self-dubbed âpumpkin faceâ? pulled in around Â£2.8 million for his contracts with Sky Newsâ Sunrise programme, his ongoing ITV presence on This Morning and, lest we forget, his role on Songs of Praise.
According the list compiled by OK magazine, the Irish broadcaster even beat Harry Hill, who has had a hugely successful year with his TV Burp show going from strength to strength.
Rather shockingly, former The Only Way Is Essex star Amy Childs shared second place with the bespectacled comedian, raking in just over Â£2.75 million for their respective TV appearances.
Sitting (not so) pretty in fourth place was Top Gearâs James May and BBC Twoâs Hairy Bikers. Meanwhile, Lorraine Pascale and Dermot OâLeary cooked up tidy wage packets of around Â£2 million each. For making scones and talking nonsense!? What is the world coming to.
âLanguishingâ toward the bottom of the top ten are poor Match Of The Day analyst, Alan Hansen, and former TV top earner, Adrian Chiles. The po-faced presenters each netted a horrendous Â£1.8m and Â£1.6m respectively.
The overall rich list saw a rather unsurprising winner perched at the top: Simon Cowell topped OK! the 2011 rankings after raking in a cool Â£57 million throughout the year. The media mogul continues to reign supreme over the land of TV thanks to the success of The X Factor USA and the continued success of the UK version of the talent show, as well as Britain’s Got Talent.