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Deadline reports that the show’s primary voice talent, consisting of Harry Shearer, Dan Castellaneta, Hank Azaria, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith and Nancy Cartwright, will take something in the neighborhood of a 30% pay cut instead of the 45% that Fox was asking for. At last count, the six actors were making somewhere around $400,000 per episode. Not bad for a job that essentially involves you showing up at a voice studio, recording lines in a funny accent, and then going home.
As a result of the compromise, Fox has renewed the show for two extra seasons, bringing the total to 25 if the show doesn’t go any further. That still makes “The Simpsons” easily the longest running show, animated or otherwise, in TV history.
Previously, the cast had asked to participate in the show’s lucrative back-end money, offering as much as a 70% pay cut as compromise. That has not happened, and the cast will instead continue on as good soldiers with a 30% (or thereabouts) pay cut.
Note: The above numbers are from Deadline. Other news outlets have been hesitant to throw out numbers, and some have ignored the question entirely. So who knows what really went on in the back room, i.e. how much the cast and Fox really settled on.