While we spent most of our time this year in front of a television screen, it’s no surprise to see how well the entertainment industry did. In a time where the pandemic hit the economy hard, celebrities were there for us when we needed them – keeping us busy with games, shows, movies, and music (Shoutout to Folklore and Evermore).
From sports to reality TV, here are the top 10 celebrities who made bank in 2020.
10. Dwayne Johnson – $87.5 M
Ahhh, who doesn’t love The Rock? Johnson is this year’s highest-paid actor, with films like “Black Adam” and “Red Notice” in the works. The former wrestler makes more than $20 million per movie, and cashes in on series such as “The Titan Games” and upcoming program “Young Rock.”
9. LeBron James – 88.2 M
The four-time NBA MVP LeBron James is one of the most well known basketball players of all time. The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA Championship in 2020, yet James has his own reason to celebrate with a four-year, $153 million contract. He also has the NBA’s top endorsement portfolio, as well as his own production and media company.
8. Howard Stern – 90 M
With over 45 years of on-air experience, Stern is the world’s highest paid radio host. He continues to dominate the media with his eight-figure annual contract with SiriusXM. Stern recently extended his agreement to produce and host “The Howard Stern Show” for the next five years – meaning another huge paycheck next year.
7. Neymar – 95.5 M
Neymar signed a five year contract with Paris Saint-Germain in June of this year worth $350 million in salary. On top of this, Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona to PSG for $263 million stands as the most expensive trade in the world, and Neymar’s partner Nike released a movie about his life in March. It’s not shocking that Neymar is the third highest paid athlete of this year.
6. Tyler Perry – 97 M
A director, actor, producer and writer – Tyler Perry has it all. Perry is more famously known for his role as Mabel “Madea” Earlene Simons, while the franchise has earned more than $660 million.
5. Lionel Messi – 104 M
It’s no shock to see Messi landed on 2020’s top 10 highest paid list. The football player was awarded both FIFA’s Player of the Year, and European Golden Shoe for top scorer six times.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo – 105 M
The beautiful and talented Cristiano Ronaldo is not only popular on the field, but also on social media. His Instagram followers hit 200 million this year, making him the most followed athlete.
3. Roger Federer – 106.3M
Introducing the world’s highest-paid athlete of 2020…. Roger Federer. The Swiss professional tennis player is ranked number 5 in the world by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Thanks to a string of endorsements deals, Federer takes home the title for the 3rd highest paid celeb of this year at a whopping 106.3 million dollars.
2. Kayne West – 170 M
Kayne West is the second highest-earning celebrity of this year, with a large contribution being from his brand deal with Adidas. Yeezy’s are one of the most popular luxury sneakers currently out there, pulling in an estimated 1.3 billion in sales in 2019. The entrepreneur announced in June that he would be collaborating with Gap and the retailer would start selling West’s Yeezy clothing line.
1. Kylie Jenner – 590 M
Whether this comes as a shock to you or not, Kylie Jenner was named the highest pair celeb of 2020. According to Forbes, the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star earned over $590 million by selling 51% of Kylie Cosmetics to beauty conglomerate Coty, Inc in January 2019. Today, Kylie Cosmetics has over 25.2 million followers on Instagram.
6 Celebrities With Surprising Former Jobs
Although it may be hard to believe – not all of our favorite celebs were born into stardom. Before they became the faces that we see everyday on TV and magazines, some of these stars came from pretty interesting nine-to-five jobs.
Check out some of the most surprising pre-fame jobs:
1. Rachel McAdams
Before Rachel McAdams became one of Hollywood’s favorite actresses, she spent her days working at McDonald’s. “[I worked at McDonald’s] for a good three years,” the A-lister told Glamour magazine. “I was not a great employee; I broke the orange juice machine one day.” She even admitted for getting yelled for washing her hands too much!
2. Kayne West
The rapper and fashion icon may have teamed up with Gap stores to release the new Yeezy Gap line – but did you know this isn’t West’s first time working with the brand. As a teen, he worked as a sales assistant at a Gap store in Chicago. “Even though I worked at the Gap, I didn’t get enough hours to get a discount because I was a part-time employee, because I went to high school,” he wrote in an article for the Paper magazine.
3. Channing Tatum
No wonder the Magic Mike star looked so believable on camera – Channing’s had some experience as a stripper when he was just 19 years old! The actor began working at a strip club in Tampa, Florida, eight months after high school. Under the stage name ‘Chan Crawford,’ the 21 Jump Street actor earned $50 a night plus tips.
4. Christopher Walken
Perhaps the most shocking of former celeb job, Christopher Walken worked as a lion Tamer in a circus! Only 16 at the time, Walken would perform with a lioness named Sheba at a touring circus. He said that Sheba was “very sweet, like a dog” in a previous Vanity Fair interview.
Being a Material Girl can get expensive! So there’s nothing wrong with Madonna taking a part time job as a cashier at Dunkin’ Donuts when she first moved to NYC in 1978 – though it didn’t last too long. In fact, the legendary singer and dancer was fired after just for one for accidentally squirting a jelly-filled donut over a customer. She said that her Dunkin managers were annoyed at her because she wasn’t “taking the job seriously” in a 2015 interview with Howard Stern.
6. Hugh Jackman
Although you may know him as Wolverine in the X-Men series, Jackman’s commitment to staying buff started long before he landed the iconic role. He worked as a PE teacher at Uppingham School in Rutland in 1987. OMG imagine Hugh Jackman as your gym teacher! Jackman actually ran into one of his former students at the Zurich Film Festival in 2013– and remembered him by name!
“Friends” Cast: Where Are They Now?
Who knew on September 22, 1994 that one of the funniest, timeless and most popular sitcoms of all time would air when NBC first premiered the series Friends. Focusing on the lives of Rachel Green, Monica Geller, Ross Geller, Phoebe Buffay, Chandler Bing, and Joey Tribbiani, we followed the cast through their hilarious antics and complicated love lives.
Despite their 10 season run, fans still can’t get enough of this friend group and gossip about a possible reunion for the cast since the show ended in 2004.
And luckily for us, HBO delivered. The streaming platform announced in 2020 that the iconic cast would reunite for an unscripted reunion special on HBO MAX. “Guess you could call this ‘The One Where They Get Back Together,’” HBO Max’s Chief Content Officer Kevin Reilly said in a statement.
Although it was set to launch in May, it was unfortunately pushed back due to the pandemic and the new release date is still up in the air. While we wait anxiously in anticipation for the reunion special, let’s recap to see what our favorite friend group has been up to since the hit show.
After Friends, Jennifer has starred in many bigtime roles such as Marley & Me (2008), He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), We’re The Millers (2013), and Netflix hit comedy Murder Mystery (2019). In 2019, she returned to television to serve as an executive producer on Apple TV Plus’ “The Morning Show,” which earned her a SAG Award. A second season of the drama series is currently on the way.
Believe it or not, Schwimmer is known to the younger generation as Melman the giraffe in the animated Madagascar films. He made his debut as a director in Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007), and had a recurring role on the “Will & Grace” revival. Schwimmer also starred as Robert Kardashian on “The People VS. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” (2016). Today, he currently stars on the sitcom “Intelligence,” a British television sitcom released on Peacock in 2020.
Post-Friends, Cox starred in her own show “Cougar Town” (2009-2015), which lasted six seasons (It began on ABS and concluded on TBS). She also appeared on “Shameless,” “Modern Family,” and “Drunk History.” She hosted and produced 9 months with Courteney Cox in 2019. She will reprise her role as Gale Weathers in the upcoming movie Scream 5.
Perry stole the hearts of the younger generation when he starred as Mike O’Donnell in the classic comedy 17 Again (2009). He also appeared in TV series like “Mr Sunshine,” The Good Wife,” “Go On,” and “The Off Couple.” In November 2020, Perry got engaged to his girlfriend Molly Hurwitz.
After Friends, Kudrow appeared in movies like P.S. I Love You (2007), Hotel For Dogs (2009), Easy A (2010), and The Girl On The Train (2016). She landed parts on ABC’S series “Scandal” and voice acted for “BoJack Horseman.” Kudrow created and starred in the Showtime series, “Web Therapy,” which got nominated for a Primetime Emmy. In 2020, she landed a recurring role on Netflix’s Space Force with Steve Carell.
After the sitcom, LaBlanc actually landed a spin-off series called “Joey”(2004-2006), which was cancelled after two seasons. Since then, he has focused on behind the scenes efforts, and co-produced the film The Prince (2006). He starred on the show “Episodes” from 2011 to 2017, and earned him a Golden Globe. LeBlanc also co-hosted Top Gear from 2016 to 2019.
They were on a break – but it will be over soon. Who else is excited for the Friends reunion special?
Fans Are Holding Harry Styles Accountable: “Harry Wear A Mask”
Harry Styles is the latest celebrity to get called out on social media. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen a large increase in fans holding some of their favorite celebs accountable.
How Do Celebs Get “Cancelled”?
Known as “Cancel Culture,” people have used social media to “cancel” celebrities who are not wearing masks, seen traveling, and not social distancing. From Timothée Chalamet to Madonna, many fans have exposed their idols, urging them to remember that there is a pandemic going on.
It appears it is now Harry’s turn to be reminded of that pandemic. Earlier in the month, Harry Styles was spotted with rumored girlfriend Olivia Wilde at the wedding of Jeffrey Azoff (Styles’ agent).
While fans have mainly been supportive of Styles’ unconfirmed relationship, many were disappointed to see him without a mask at the reception. Later in the week, Styles was spotted again with friends out and about in Santa Barbara, once again without a mask.
To make matters worse, Harry lives in Los Angeles, where there has been a large spike in COVID-19 cases recently. With nearly one in four people testing positive, the number of people being hospitalized are at a record high and many hospitals can’t keep up.
Fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment, especially after this image surfaced on January 6th of Styles in a roofless car with 5 people.
“hi @Harry_Styles i love you, you know that. but you’re being so irresponsible right now and it’s incredibly sad to see.” one fan tweeted, in response to the image of Styles in the car.
Other fan asks the public to hold Harry and his friends accountable; “just because he’s harry styles doesn’t mean he should be allowed to do…”
On January 6th, the phrase “HARRY WEAR A MASK” became the 21st top trending phrase on Twitter worldwide. The backlash continued as more photos of Styles were released throughout the day. “People are using gift shops to house Covid-19 patients… don’t be like harry, wear a mask!” another tweeted.
Why Are Styles’ Fans So Upset?
Many fans are calling Harry out because of how outspoken he is on social media, urging others to take Coronavirus seriously. Although he had a tour scheduled for 2020, he decided to reschedule it early in March, tweeting “Anyone who knows me, knows that performing has been my favorite part of working in music. However, during times like these, the safety and protection of touring crew, fans, and everyone else around the world is an immediate priority.”
Since these images have surfaced, stans on Twitter believe that the “Watermelon Sugar” singer is not taking COVID seriously and is being a huge hypocrite.
“[Harry] has preached staying at home & saving lives all throughout the pandemic. he is just being so hypocritical,” one fan tweeted, alongside screenshots of Harry tweeting to following health guidelines.
Despite thousands of disheartened fans, they emphasize they are not trying to “cancel” Styles. “We are not trying to get Harry cancelled, we are simply educating him on the lives that have been taken by not wearing masks…” another tweeted.
We hope Harry and Olivia takes the advice to heart, especially since filming has halted in Wilde’s upcoming film Don’t Worry Darling after a member of the film crew contracted COVID in November.