Roseanne razzed, Rosie rates high in audience poll

In brief

April 18, 1997|By New York Daily News

Soon to be ex-sitcom star Roseanne is looked on as the most overpaid celebrity on television, according to a new survey.

Some 43 percent of those responding to a poll in Total TV magazine opined that Roseanne -- said to make some $500,000 an episode -- took home too much dough for the work she did. The stars of NBC's "Friends," the subject of intense salary speculation last summer (when they requested $100,000 an episode, and ended up with about $75,000 per), ran second, with 24 percent.

According to 10,000 readers who participated in the survey, "Lois & Clark's" Teri Hatcher was the hottest actress and "ER" hunk George Clooney the hottest actor.

NBC's "Tonight" host Jay Leno, left out of last week's Entertainment Weekly list of the top-50 comics, pulled the most votes for favorite late-night star, edging David Letterman, 34.4 percent to 33.7 percent.

Rosie O'Donnell was the overwhelming choice for daytime host folks would most want to talk with. Fox's "The Simpsons" was deemed hippest animated show for adults. "Home Improvement's" Jonathan Taylor Thomas was the pick for favorite young actor.

ABC's Peter Jennings was the top choice when readers were asked who they'd want delivering the news if they could only have one anchor. Julia Child was the TV chef readers most wanted to cook them dinner. And finally, the winner of the Enough Already! award was ... Kathie Lee Gifford, by a landslide.

Pub Date: 4/18/97

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