The former TODAY co-host, Ann Curry, reportedly walked out with a $10 million payout from NBC following her last broadcast this Thursday, but her severance package is only a blip compared to some of Hollywood’s biggest contract payouts.
Keith Olbermann made an exit from MSNBC in 2010 after word got out that he made donations for three Democratic Congressional candidates in 2010. Olbermann officially left his post with a severance package of more than $7 million.
Chevy Chase, the ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum was reportedly paid $12 million after his 1993 gig on Fox — The Chevy Chase Show — was cancelled after five weeks on the air.
Just after 5 months on the air, the Oprah Winfrey Network booted Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show off their schedule in March 2012. OWN reportedly bought out O’Donnell’s two-year, $40 million contract for $15 million.
When late night talk show Jay Leno wanted his old time slot — and his old show — back on NBC, the network coughed up $33 million for Conan O’Brien to leave his post on ‘The Tonight Show’. After much debate, NBC awarded another $12 million to be split among O’Brien’s 200-people staff as compensation for relocating to Los Angeles.
Charlie Sheen was laughing (and winning) his way to the bank with a multi-million dollar severance package. In his firing from the hit CBS show, Sheen was given a whooping $100 million payout.
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