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'The Big Bang Theory' Stars Holding out for More Money in Contract Talks

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 29th 2010 11:40AM
In the show's final seasons, the cast of 'Friends' made one million dollars per episode. Now, the three stars of 'The Big Bang Theory' are hoping to follow suit, though on a smaller scale, by negotiating their salaries from $60,000 to $250,000 per episode, according to a Deadline Hollywood report. The latter amount is what industry insiders speculate the cast should make given the show's high ratings. Instead, word on the street is that the studio offered stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco $100,000 an episode, and the actors have not responded.

Apparently, critically hailed main geek Parsons is attempting to negotiate higher pay than both of his costars. It's a demand not completely out of left field, seeing as Parsons has two Emmy nominations under his belt in addition to near-universal praise for his portrayal of socially awkward scientist Sheldon Cooper.

At Comic-Con recently, the cast took questions on whether a deal would soon be reached.

"I don't think any of us really even know what's going on," Cuoco said. "We have people that help us with that and take care of it. I mean, I'm doing next season for free. I don't know about you guys."

"My people work for free," Parsons added.

Ah, the 'BBT' cast has obviously perfected the "deflect serious questions with jokey answers" strategy of handling celebrity interviews. There's clearly still some negotiating to do, but fans shouldn't worry. The stars will sign. What else are they going to do in this economy?

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RYAN

Never once heard of this show,Ive never heard of these actors either.If the show is a hit the actors should get good money,a quarter of a million dollars per show seems like a heck of a lot of money though.....thats greedy,they are lucky to have an acting job.If I were the producer Id let them go.

July 31 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

One difference: Two and a Half Men is funny. All of the cast is funny to boot.

July 31 2010 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

Get as much money as you can while you can, because the show is a piece of crap.

July 31 2010 at 8:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arkangelsusa

Geesh pay me 10,000 an episode. Ill take it happily. I can probably act better then they can. How can they complain so many people out of work lost there homes etc etc. Shame on them!!!!

July 31 2010 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Don Hill

Let 'em walk. The show is funny, but not that funny....bye bye.

July 31 2010 at 7:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stehen

What is the big deal, they should get $250,000 an episode. Charly Sheen has got his raise to $1,800,000 per episode, his one salary covers the entire cast of BBT!

July 31 2010 at 7:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry

Pay them the money. You have an ensemble show that works - the chemistry is perfect. Change one actor and the chemistry changes and it might not work as well. Penny is as important as Sheldon and Leonard because she adds sexual tension and is the show's "normal" person, the benchmark the comedy plays off of. Raj and Howard are the support cast.

July 31 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bjbear

it's hollywood. what do you expect. everything's out of whack out there.

July 31 2010 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gswingrover

The second that that canned audience laughs at something that I feel is not funny, I just get shut off.

July 31 2010 at 5:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jon Hanson

Since the young man on "Two and one Half Men" now earns $250M per Episode - - I see nothing wrong with paying the Sheldon character $250M on "Bang Theory:

July 31 2010 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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