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Reese Witherspoon Is Done With You Judging Her $2 Million Per Episode For 'The Morning Show'

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By Rebecca Cukier

Reese Witherspoon doesn't have the time of day to put up with criticism over her eye-watering $2 million-per-episode salary for The Morning Show. The Legally Blonde actress is earning just that in the new Apple series co-starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell, and she's opened up about why she feels the fee isn't all that excessive.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Reese aired her views on everything from the gender pay gap to peoples' opinions on her current The Morning Show salary.

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A Smart 'Company' Decision

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Reese may have been referring to the Rolling Stone report regarding her pay – the writer had called the blonde's paycheck "exorbitant."

“I guarantee these companies are real smart, and if they agree to pay us, they’re doing it for a reason. They probably had a lot of lawyers and a lot of business people decide on that number because they knew that they were going to make more than that back," Reese said.

The actress then queried whether people ever bat an eyelid at the high pay for some of the world's best-known sports personalities.

“Does it bother people when Kobe Bryant or LeBron James make their contract?”

Addressing The Gender Pay Gap In Hollywood

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Hollywood's gender pay gap has been trending all year, although the issue was already making headlines back in 2017 when actress Natalie Portman revealed that her male co-star received triple what she did.

Reese has stepped up to help an actress.

“I went to the mat for that woman,” Reese said, per her In Style interview this year.

“She’ll never know I made that call or had that conversation with the head of a studio. But I said to him, ‘This is the comp. This white guy over here is making this amount of money, and she’s done this, that, and the other with such success — and you’re asking for her to have a third of that. That’s not OK with me.’”

$2 Million Per Episode Shouldn't Be 'Bothersome'

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“There seemed to be a resentment, as if we weren’t worth it or it was bothersome, and I thought, ‘Why is that bothersome?’” Reese continued in her interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Co-star Aniston is receiving the same pay. For the Friends star, the fee stands at double what she earned in later seasons of the hit NBC sitcom. Aniston was earning $75,000 during Season 3 of Friends, although she and her five co-stars made television history as their salaries rose to $1 million per episode as time wore on.

Compare It To Kylie Jenner's Instagram Pay And You Might Feel Better

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Witherspoon may be earning $2 million per episode, but her pay takes on a different feel when likened to the endorsement earnings seen by some of social media's most powerful faces.

Kylie Jenner is commanding up to $1 million per sponsored Instagram post. Figures for the likes of Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, and Justin Bieber are upwards of $500,000 per post. Witherspoon has been appearing on her Instagram in promotional mode for the show, but the updates are a far cry from Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein underwear ads.

Reese And Jen: We Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way

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Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston have, of course, famously appeared on-screen together before. Friends saw Witherspoon guest-star as Jennifer Aniston's character, Rachel Green's spoiled little sister.

Reese mentioned Aniston to Harper's Bazaar in October.

"We met on the set of Friends; I played her sister. I was 23 years old and had just had a baby. I was nursing Ava on set, and Jen just kept going, “You have a baby?” I was like, “I know, it’s weird.” And I remember her being like, “Where are you going?” And I was like, “I’m pumping!" she said.

Ava is all grown up now, but her mother is still raking it in like nobody's business.

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