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Kathy Griffin Calls Out No Women Among Top-Paid Comedians

22:09 Jan/09/2019

Griffin tweeted out an image of the Forbes list with the simple caption "No women."

Ð?аÑ?Ñ?инки по запÑ?осÑ? Kathy Griffin Calls Out No Women Among Top-Paid Comedians In 2018

Jerry Seinfeld topped the rankings with estimated earnings of $57.5m (£45.3m).

Amy Schumer was the first woman to make the list last year but has dropped back out this time. Ricky Gervais is the only British comedian on the list.

Jerry Seinfeld came in first place, having earned $57.5m over the past 12 months according to the publication. This does not come as a surprise, since Seinfeld has occupied the top spot every year since the ranking was first compiled in 2006 – except in 2016 when Kevin Hart passed him.

Hart, who recently gave up his Oscars hosting gig after being criticised for homophobic tweets he sent out in the past, is a close second with reported earnings of $57m.

Dave Chappelle follows in third place, having cashed in $35m according to Forbes.

Chris Rock, Ricky Gervais (the only British name on the otherwise all-American list), Gabriel Iglesias, Terry Fator, and Jim Gaffigan follow.

Jeff Dunham and Sebastian Maniscalco occupy the ninth and 10th position respectively.

Amy Schumer became the first woman to ever make the list last year, when her Netflix special and tour increased her earnings.

Another comedian missing from the list is Louis CK, who was in last year's top 10 with $52m (£41m) earnings.

But after he confirmed sexual misconduct allegations against him in November 2017, his second Netflix special was cancelled and he has only performed a handful of dates since.

Seinfeld has topped the list in all but one year since it was first compiled in 2006. Kevin Hart took the top spot in 2016.

Forbes attributes Seinfeld's earnings this year to his 2017 Netflix deal and Hulu's streaming rights to all nine seasons of Seinfeld, as well as more than $30m (£23.6m) from stand-up.

Hart is close behind in second place with $57m (£44.9m). The comedian, who recently pulled out of hosting the Oscars due to controversy over homophobic tweets, also earned more than $30m from touring and starred in the Jumanji film remake.

The top 10 best-paid comedians

  1. Jerry Seinfeld - $57.5m (£45.3m)

  2. Kevin Hart - $57m (£44.9m)

  3. Dave Chappelle - $35m (£27.6m)

  4. Chris Rock - $30m (£23.6m)

  5. Ricky Gervais - $25m (£19.7m)

  6. Gabriel Iglesias - $20.5m (£16.1m)

  7. Terry Fator - $18m (£14.2m)

  8. Jim Gaffigan - $17.5m (£13.8m)

  9. Jeff Dunham - $16.5m (£13m)

  10. Sebastian Maniscalco - $15m (£11.8m)

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