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'Big Bang Theory' Cast Members Successfully Negotiate Major Raises

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 15th 2010 4:45PM
'The Big Bang Theory'After months of negotiation, the three main cast members of 'The Big Bang Theory' have signed contracts increasing their pay by more than $140,000 per episode. According to Deadline Hollywood, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons will now earn $200,000 per episode for season 4 of their hit CBS show.

The trio was previously making $60,000 each (a paltry sum, considering the show's success), but decided to renegotiate after the series became a ratings hit. Their new deals will see a $50,000 per episode pay raise each season and a percentage of the show's back-end profit, which adds around $50,000 to each episode's paycheck.

In July, it was reported that the three stars were asking for $250,000, but Emmy winner Parsons decided to separate from the pack and ask for even more. Deadline reports that the three actors could've bumped their salaries even higher than the $200,000 they settled on had Parsons negotiated alongside Cuoco and Galecki, though sources close to the negotiations called it a great deal.

In the past, the 'Friends' cast was famously able to negotiate a large per-episode pay raise after their show became a ratings success, boosting their salaries to $100,000 per episode each after the second season. (That's a lot in 1996 dollars!)

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One of the best shows in years. Jim Parsons is in a class all by himself. But, we need the rest of this fabulous cast to appreciate his talent.

January 13 2011 at 5:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good for them. The show's done very well and has a huge following. They deserve to share in some of that success :)

September 15 2010 at 7:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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