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Ever since the recession started nearly two years ago, working people have been asked to "do more with less," which has led to unprecedented productivity rates nationwide. Women and men are working double-duty and taking on more work in general. Turns out there's also raft of celebs working more than one job (the most recent addition to that group being Ellen DeGeneres joining American Idol). While it's doubtful these hardworking celebrities are putting in overtime so they can hang onto their day job or pay the bills, it's good to know we're not the only ones working our butts off -- and that doing so could have a serious payoff.
Ellen Degeneres: host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, American Idol judge
It'll be interesting to see how Ellen's show-opening song choices change once she's settled into her new evening job as an American Idol judge. It'll also be interesting to see if there's any blowback from the rather ludicrous lawsuits being brought against her by the record labels who own the songs that are the soundtrack to her daily show-opening dances.
Joy Behar: Host of The View, host of new HLN show
Not to be outdone by double-daily-duty Ellen DeGeneres, Joy Behar has also just added another shift to her schedule. Starting on Sept. 29, the familiar face from The View will be hosting an hour-long self-titled show on HLN (the network formerly known as CNN Headline News). When will she sleep?
Oprah Winfrey: host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, publisher of O, Oprah Magazine and O at Home, primary host of Oprah & Friends satellite radio show, head of Oprah's Book Club, and the list goes on...
What is there to be said about Oprah other than: Ms. Winfrey, we salute you. You give hope to all women striving to beat the odds of the hand they're dealt (and make us wonder if there really is 24 hours in your day!).
Heidi Klum: Project Runway host and judge, Victoria's Secret spokesmodel, designer
Not only is this lady's happy relationship (with her singer hubby Seal) and beautiful motherhood enviable, her career is nothing to sneeze at. Klum's Project Runway show -- now in its sixth season -- is a favorite watercooler topic, and though her body is otherworldly, the Dream Angel lingerie she shills for Victoria's Secret is not astronomically unaffordable.
Tyra Banks: host of The Tyra Banks Show, creator and judge of America's Next Top Model
Heidi's not the only supermodel with a packed schedule. Not content to just be the creator and judge on America's Next Top Model, Tyra Banks launched her own daytime talk show in 2005. She speaks her mind, she ticks people off, and she's a hard habit to break.
Simon Cowell: Record-label executive, judge on American Idol, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent, executive producer of America's Got Talent, and many other reality competition shows
Next to Oprah, we can't think of a more hard-working, influential person in media today. Love him or hate him, there's no denying Simon Cowell's massive impact on the world of pop culture. He's not just the host of American Idol; Cowell has competition and talent-search series seemingly streaming out constantly. And without his shows we wouldn't have such worldwide music phenoms as Kelly Clarkson and Il Divo.
Meredith Viera: cohost of Today, host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, correspondent for Dateline NBC
Some thought her 2006 departure from the moderator's chair on The View was a career misstep, but Meredith Viera has clearly not been hurting for work since then. Another day-to-night TV personality, Ms. Viera is as much a household name for her role on the Today show as she is as the host of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Regis who?
Ryan Seacrest: American Idol emcee, E! News presenter, host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, radio personality
While Ryan's resume doesn't quite equal that of, say, Oprah or Simon, his catchphrase has permeated pretty much every demographic. Seacrest, out, anyone? As long as you're on the air, you'll never be fully out of the collective consciousness.