Will “The Simpsons” Be Cancelled?! Contract Dispute Puts Future Of Animated Classic In Jeopardy
Oh Mylanta! Imagine an existing world where Homer, Marge, and their brood don’t exist.
Ok, are you panicking yet?!
After 23 years on the tube, The First Family of Springfield is facing the ax -— and all because of a dispute over money, according to The Daily Beast.
Let’s hope it’s too soon to be worried, but we hear that 20th Century Fox has demanded that The Simpsons’ six main voice actors — Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer — take a whopping 45 percent pay cut in any potential future seasons of the show. Yeah, naturally, the cast isn’t happy about it.
As one insider blabs:
“The show has made billions in profits over the years and will continue to do so as far as the eye can see down the road. The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that’s not good enough for Fox.”
Let’s analyze this situation a bit, shall we? On the one hand, the actors each currently make about $8 million a year (approximately $400,000 per episode), and even if they take the pay cut their salaries will still be more than $4 million. On the other hand, they’ve contributed as much to the success of the show as any of its creators.
What say you?