It was recently released that the five co-stars of the hit CBS sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, are taking a pay cut of $100,000 per episode each so actresses Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch can earn $450,000 each per episode rather than $200,000.
There’s much controversy over salary disputes between Warner Bros. TV and The Big Bang Theory cast. The show could potentially get renewed for seasons 11 and 12 if an agreement between the two parties can be made. The five original stars earn $1 million an episode compared to the $200,000 of the joining talent, proving the drastic difference in paychecks.
Due to contract concerns, it is unclear as to whether or not Bialik and Rauch will remain their characters throughout the last two seasons. Talk of renewal began in 2016, but the actresses expressed their concerns just this week.
Currently, Bialik plays character Amy Farrah Fowler, the girlfriend of Sheldon Cooper. Rauch acts as Bernadette Rostenkowski, and her character had a baby with Howard Wolowitz during season 10. During May at MCM Comic Con in London, it was hinted by Kunal Nayyar that season 10 would be the last instalment of the show. Based on the series’s success rate, producers want to keep the sitcom going. This doesn’t surprise me since the 10-year long franchise has grossed over $1 billion for Warner Bros. since 2007. The original five released that they would be up to continue the series for the fans and to continue the complex story line they spent ten years building. The show has received even more hype since it recently won its eighth People’s Choice Award for Favorite Network TV Comedy. The cast gathered on stage as the beautiful, Kaley Cuoco, gave a thankful acceptance speech.
“Thank you guys so much! It means the world to us that after 10 seasons that you still vote for us. It is a dream to go to work every day. Thank you to the fans for voting for us, number one, we love you so, so much!”
Hopefully, disputes can be settled so filming can begin for seasons 11 and 12. Sadly, we will have to wait and see, since everything seems to be up in the air currently. If anything, The Big Bang Theory needs to continue its storyline because if the show is going to end, it needs to end with a “big bang.”