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Fox Threatens to Cancel 'The Simpsons' as Actors Fight Back and Producers Take Pay Cuts

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 6th 2011 8:35AM
'The Simpsons'¡Ay caramba! It may soon be time to say good-bye to 'The Simpsons.' Edge of the seat contract negotiations are nothing new for the show, but now Fox has reportedly upped the ante, telling cast and crew to settle or lose their jobs.

According to 'The Wrap,' Fox has said that if no agreement is reached in the ongoing contract dispute the show will be cancelled at the end of the current 23rd season.

And, even if the dispute is settled before tomorrow's deadline, the network will only air one more season of the show.

While producers have agreed to have their salaries cut to keep the show on the air for that extra season, the actors are still holding out. Arguing for a slice of the back-end and merchandising profits, they commissioned a report into the eventual profits, which estimates that Fox's total 'Simpsons' profits will reach almost $3 billion.

The actors currently make $440,000 per episode, which puts them in the same bracket as actors like Hugh Laurie ('House') and Mark Harmon ('NCIS'). However, they still lag far behind Ashton Kutcher's estimated $1 million per episode haul for 'Two and a Half Men.'

Fox told the cast to take a cut down to $250,000 an episode for Season 24 and rejected their counter-offer of $300,000 plus a share of the back-end profits. The actors have until noon Friday to accept or decline.

Earlier this week Fox issued a statement in which the network said "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." However, the idea of the show continuing beyond one more year is now off the table.

A source close to the show has confirmed Fox's assertion that the show is no longer profitable, and that for the network to produce another season it will have to reduce costs by 25 to 30 percent per episode.

Speaking anonymously, the source told 'The Wrap' that "The cuts proposed to actors are in line with cuts proposed to others involved in the show. The object here is not for the actors to pay personally for the reduction. The cost is that the cast is a component of the show, all of which is being downsized to do a final season."

Both sides are said to be keen to settle so they can go ahead and produce a final Season 24 in which they can give the show a worthy send-off. And, who knows? With all the attention it would get, maybe they'd collect just enough money to pay for a 25th season.

One thing seems certain: This dispute will go down to the wire. Stay tuned for updates.

'The Simpsons' airs Sunday nights, 8PM ET on Fox.



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martin.barazza

What has happened to this generation. The simpsons simply shows a multiple amount of things we forget. Lisa shows that we should stand up for ourselves, and have our own values and beliefs. Bart of all people shows there is fun in life and it is ok to have some mischief, thats what makes some fun in our dull lives. Homer shows that even though we may hate our jobs or events that happen in our life,, we still have our family and we should be greatful for our wives who we never truly earn. Marge shows how much our wives do and stick behind us. Maggie is maggie. Long Live the Simpsons!!!

August 07 2012 at 3:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hmslamma

You NEVER kill...Something with all of the staying power that, "The Simpson's" HAS.

November 16 2011 at 12:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr Shep

That show is totally bad, but I guess that reflects on the mentality of the american public. I have never seen it , just know the format is awful

October 07 2011 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Terry

People are more into reality shows then cartoons now and there are so many to chose from. So go ahead and cancel the Simpsons. And cancel the reality shows while you are at it.

October 06 2011 at 8:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tutularu

Fox?? why?? you are not abc...they cancel everything...you are fox...stable, reliable...we all love the simpsons even 23 years later!

October 06 2011 at 8:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
drbracket

Television has really gone to hell . Cancelling The Simpsons and the soap operas are dying too. I wonder what cheap crappy reality show they will plug in next

October 06 2011 at 7:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
homerc85

Take the show to a much better/friendlier network. Cartoon Network, Comedy Central or the like would be a much better fit for a show such as 'The Simpsons'. Fuk Fox! (Except for the fact they air 'Fringe'...lol)

October 06 2011 at 7:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
LINDA

Now that just tickles me pink.I never did like that show and I would never allow my son to watch it,nor Beavis and Butthead.

October 06 2011 at 7:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Susan

So everyone else who likes the show should be deprived because YOU do not like it?? You're "tickled pink" that something other people enjoy is being taken away?? You're a miserable human being. At least they're bringing back Beavis and Butthead!!! New episodes start 10/27@10pm...heheheh

October 06 2011 at 9:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zebradune

"I wish Fox WOULD cancel THE SIMPSONS. As far as I'm concerned, the show is mindless trash that has no place in our society. I've never watched the program myself, and I have no intention of starting."

Wait....you've never actually watched the show, but claim it's mindless trash?

Aren't you aware of how completely moronic that sounds?

The show's sucked for years, but all you people who are whining "OMGz, they make $440,000 per episode for cartoons!" are tools. The Simpsons have had more of an impact on people's lives than any of you pathetic losers could ever hope to do.

October 06 2011 at 6:28 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Susan

Not to mention that $440k is pretty cheap when you think about how much Simpson's merchandise has been sold over the last 23 years.

October 06 2011 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trekkienut

yeah it's about 22 years too late

October 06 2011 at 6:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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