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Is 'The Simpsons' On the Verge of Cancellation?

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 4th 2011 11:15AM
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According to a new report by The Daily Beast, the actors are in a tense contract negotiation with 20th Century Fox. Contract negotiations aren't new for the long-running cartoon comedy, but the report -- which Fox didn't comment on -- says studio executives are insisting the cast accept a 45 percent pay cut or face cancellation after the current season.

The ultimatum was reportedly delivered on Mon., Oct. 3. The actors have countered the 45 percent cut with a 30 percent pay cut in exchange for some of the show's back-end profits from syndication and merchandising. Those profits account for billions of dollars for Fox.

Currently Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azari and Harry Shearer each earn about $8 million per year. The studio's proposed cut would see them each making about $4 million a year. The cast previously renegotiated their contracts in 2008 bringing their per episode salary to around $500,000 an episode.

"Fox is taking the position that unless they can cut the production costs really drastically, they'll pull the plug on new shows," a 'Simpsons' source told The Daily Beast. "The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that's not good enough for Fox."

In the past, Fox has threatened to replace cast. That almost happened to 'Futurama' when it was revived by Comedy Central in 2009, but the network quickly settled contracts with the cast after fan outcry.

'The Simpsons' makes billions for Fox and will make even more even after it ends. The network has even toyed with the idea of starting an entire network devoted to 'The Simpsons.'

UPDATE: Fox has released a statement on the contract situation. "23 seasons in, 'The Simpsons' is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows 'The Simpsons' to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come."

Tell us: How sad would you be if 'The Simpsons' goes off the air?




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Francisco Villanueva

if the simpsons went off air i would die i love that show its my faviorate show in the world its hilarious even still ill probably still watch it till im 101 years old

March 03 2012 at 4:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
notcarlsberg

Dont cancel it....hire new writers with new ideas...Make it worth watching again.

February 06 2012 at 12:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rseimone

Replace the actors. There is a huge pool of talent out there. Hell, I would do it for 10% of their salary and be gloriously grateful for the work! And I could start right away! Come on, Matt, they are whiners, kick 'em to the curb! Give some new blood a chance.

October 05 2011 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
enectrixx

I'd be really sad if they'd cancel it! Simpsons is one of those shows that you expect to go on forever, I mean after 23 seasons it's hard to imagine a world without it!

About the paycut: I wouldn't accept a 45% paycut at my job , you probably wouldn't either so why should the voice actors accept it? And please quit bitching about tough economic times. It just gets soooo damn tiring. If ever become a dictator I will imprison everyone who dares to mention "tough economic times".

October 05 2011 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DonaldStephens11

Cancel the show. The compounded salary of this cast of 6 is over 30 million a year. And they don't even want to take a pay cut in such an economy where people don't even know where their next meal is coming from and their show is on the brink of cancellation. What arrogance.

October 04 2011 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DonaldStephens11

Cancel the show. The compounded salary of this cast of 6 is over 30 million a year. And they don't even want to take a pay cut in such an economy where people don't even know where their next meal is coming from and their show is on the brink of cancellation. What arrogance.

October 04 2011 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
maj0107

Forget the cancelling replace the actors

October 04 2011 at 5:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
shadowracer

To hell with it. 1 out of every 10 episodes is good. End it.

October 04 2011 at 5:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
apnainsurance

Super duper duper extremley to the max SAD!! I've grown up with the Simpsons.. watching the Simpsons! I'm 21 now almost 22... we were practically born together! ;( sniffles

October 04 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
coyote20112

i've been watching simpsons ever since it came on. i read the simpson's was going to try and get there on network i hope so. i hope fox leaves the simpson's alone and keep it going.

October 04 2011 at 5:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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