Fox Threatens Simpsons Cast: Take Pay Cut or Die!

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Fox Threatens Simpsons Cast: Take Pay Cut or Die!

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Fox can't support a 23rd season without paying the cast 45 percent less.

Even my ten year old self didn't think The Simpsons was going to be around for more than two decades. Heck, I thought the Christmas special was funny and all but I firmly believed that America wasn't ready for a prime time cartoon. Like the rest, I was dead wrong. Even though the quality hasn't been at its mid-90s level for a while, The Simpsons remains a pinnacle of American satire that's been aped by everyone from Mike Judge to South Park to Seth MacFarlane. Unfortunately, the series' ratings can no longer support paying the six main cast members who voice the majority of the characters on the show their $8 million annual salary. Unless they each accept a pay cut, Fox executives would be forced to cancel the show even though such a drastic move would be bad for all parties involved.

"23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world," Fox said in a statement yesterday. "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."

Dan Castellaneta (Homer, Grampa Simpson, Krusty the Clown, and others), Julie Kavner (Marge and others), Nancy Cartwright (Bart and others), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon), and Harry Shearer (Mr. Burns, Principal Skinner, Ned Flanders, and others) earn their salaries for providing the voices for the 22 episodes each year, but they claim that Fox makes billions of dollars from syndication and merchandising.

The cast wonders why the paycut is necessary and have offered a counter-proposal to take a 30 percent paycut in exchange for a portion of the profits from syndication. "The show has made billions in profits over the years and will continue to do so as far as the eye can see down the road," said "an insider" from the negotiations as reported by the The Daily Beast. "The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that's not good enough for Fox."

When contract negotiations plague a 23rd season of a cartoon, no one wins. Perhaps it's time to let the series end.

Source: The Daily Beast

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Well, as much as I love The Simpsons... I prefer them in the 90's, so, I don't think I'll miss 'em.

45% paycut? Ay, caramba!

Curse Fox's sudden yet inevitable betrayal!

Yeah, I really don't have any strong feelings towards the Simpsons, and I wouldn't feel bad to see them stay or leave to be frank. The only thing I can really say is that hopefully this raises awareness about how Fox handles their shows (and hopefully causes their stock to take a karmatic hit).

Jesus H. Christ. Quit your bitching and take the paycut. Give that pay to a middle class citizen and they can probably squeeze many years worth of healthy living out of that. FFS.

So is this paycut so that they can afford to recommission Arrested Development? 'Cos if that's the case then I'm behind it.

If they cancel this show my heart will break, it is older than I am, If they don't finish it in a meaningful and heartfelt manner I will literally CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP!

but if they cut it can we bring back firefly? Or yknow, ANY of those other awesome shows fox cancelled for no good reason?

Call their bluff.

If they fold, well great the actors get some syndication profits.

If they do kill The Simpsons, well a 23 season run for a cartoon series is pretty good.

if someone offered me £4m to do voice overs, you think id turn it down? Ha ha. Theyll take the contract. anyone would,

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! caps necessary

The Simpsons were a staple of my childhood and while it may not be at mid-nineties level anymore I still think it is a well written show. I always knew that Fox was run buy a bunch of monkeys shaped like dicks but I didn't know they were willing to jeopardize one of their best shows as well.

RoseArch:
Jesus H. Christ. Quit your bitching and take the paycut. Give that pay to a middle class citizen and they can probably squeeze many years worth of healthy living out of that. FFS.

Umm socialist much? Don't be bitter because they earned that.

Well, they spoke into a microphone and made millions laugh. Take it for what its worth. Which is apparently millions.

I still enjoy the show, but if it ended there are enough reruns to enjoy it another 20 years. For many young adult's lives, the Simpsons has always been around. Might be odd having that gap during Sunday night. I'm sure Seth MacFarlane can add another profiled family comedy in there somewhere! :)

It seems to me that all good American TV shows are either cancelled early or extended well past their prime and so run into the ground. As far as I'm concerned The Simpsons falls into the latter, for a while now they've just not been reaching the standards they themselves set. It should have ended with the movie.

captcha: ckesqui approaches

RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!

A 45% pay-cut from $8 million. They do 22 episodes a year, so they're getting around $400,000 an episode. A 45% cut would lower their takings for an episode to just above $200,000. To be honest, they're earning a hell of a lot for voice work. 20 minutes of voice work an episode, if that, and they want money from the merchandising and stuff too? I know it's a massive pay-cut, but the show was running out of ideas about 10 years ago, when it could have easily gone off the air and people would have given it a fond farewell because it ended on a high. Instead, it will end with people complaining about pay-cuts when their pay-cheques will still be pretty massive, and about 10 seasons of mediocrity.

The Simpsons used to be great. If it does die, the send-off should be amazing, so then we'll remember it for something other than a decade of lukewarm laughs and a lack of ideas.

"23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world," Fox said in a statement yesterday.

So, if this was true, why is it so much worse than it used to be?

Seriously?

Meh, it's a bluff. They don't want to pay them because they don't to pay them. It's politics. The cast has had to fight to get their pay before and they'll be willing to do it again. The cast agreeing to a 30% pay cut is exactly what management wants. I can't picture Fox as a sustainable network without the Simpsons, but maybe the people in charge right now can. If the Simpsons does go, you can expect Family Guy and American Dad to follow shortly thereafter and be replaced by talent shows.

And as for the inevitable "Simpsons isn't as good as it used to be" comments, last Sunday's episode was pretty freaking funny in my humble opinion.

I don't really want it to end. Sure it's not as good any more, but it's Simpsons. It's been around longer than I have, it's always been there. It's equivalent to TV for me, I don't want it to end. You've made enough money, take the cut.

I kind of hope this cancels the show. It probably needs to end and not destroy the goodwill created from the earlier seasons.

For $200,000 an episode switch that to GBP which is £129,160.

I'd be more than happy to work for £2.8 million a year.

I'd even work naked.

As a kid who grew up in the '90s, I was a Simpsons viewer.

But as I got older, other things got my attention. That being said, The Simpsons was a good cartoon, but all good things must eventually come to an end.

Its been on for 23 seasons... Let this be the last one, Let another cartoon take its place.

But... if I had to choose between The Simpsons or Family Guy[American Dad/The Cleavland Show], then feel free to keep The Simpsons on for a few more years.

Hrmm, the weird thing about this is that if this had happened 4 years ago I wouldn't care since it was pretty bad then but recently its been getting better, not mid 90s good but pretty good all the same. Ultimately I hope fox breaks since fox tried to do this to the futurama cast also so fuck em.

I used to love the Simpsons so much but I have to say, I would love to see a Simpsons grand finale. Just a perfect send-off to the Simpsons. I hope they do something nice if they end it... not how it seems to be going. With a whimper instead of a bang.

Hm, so it's a fight between millionaires and billionaires then. Reminds me of the whole NFL players' strike.

Lukeje:
So is this paycut so that they can afford to recommission Arrested Development? 'Cos if that's the case then I'm behind it.

No, its to opay Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity their salaries.

Did that change your opinion? Why? Same company making money, dude.

RoseArch:
Jesus H. Christ. Quit your bitching and take the paycut. Give that pay to a middle class citizen and they can probably squeeze many years worth of healthy living out of that. FFS.

Exactly. I'm thinking I'll come away from my Royal Marines service with £50,000 piled salary once taxed. Bringing it to about 80 grand American (I want to move to America) and that's enough for me to make a start building the life I want, if I can settle to a nice writing career.

So, after four years of risking my life god knows where, I'll have saved up (assuming I make no extravagant purchases.) a 114th of their salary. Kind of a kick in the nuts if I put it like that, but it's all I need for what I want to do.

Edit: hit a seven on my calculator. A hundredth (shut up, it's late) of their salary.

You know, I want it to end. As much as more recent series have been poor, I love the show. I spent my childhood watching it, and it's sad to see it drag on. I would be happy for there to be a final, brilliant episode to wrap it all up. I think they could pull that off. I can console myself with Futurama

But still, fuck you Fox. Just fuck you.

No_Remainders:

"23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world," Fox said in a statement yesterday.

So, if this was true, why is it so much worse than it used to be?

Seriously?

You haven't watched the series in two seasons, have you?

You mean they'll only make around $4 MILLION a year if they take a pay cut?

Say it ain't so!!!

Let's all face it, The Simpsons just ain't what it used to be. The fact that Fox is trying to cut the pay by 45% because of ratings shows that well enough. As far as I'm concerned, with the quality of the episodes of late, paying them $4 million a year is too much. I'm aware that that's really on the creators' shoulders and not the VA's but the VA's are the ones who seem to be upset with the possibility of "only" getting an annual salary of $4 MILLION CUNTING DOLLARS.

My apologies but I feel that the caps are necessary.

V TheSystem V:
so they're getting around $400,000 an episode. A 45% cut would lower their takings for an episode to just above $200,000. To be honest, they're earning a hell of a lot for voice work. 20 minutes of voice work an episode

$200,000 an episode is actually pretty low for a tv cast thats been on the air this long. That's less then the guy who plays house, or tina fey, or steve carell when he was on the office and A LOT less then charlie sheen or jerry sienfield when they were on.

And they are in there more then 20 minutes, as they each voice an average of 4 characters.

If you voiced 4 of the most memorable tv characters ever and had been doing so for the past 20 years, how much should you expect to make?

Licensed musical montages and perplexing celebrity cameos ruined this once brilliant series. However I'd hate to see what the alternative is. This is FOX we're talking about here. They'll wipe The Simpsons out to save money and plow that cash into new reality shows and nationalist hate speech.

I think we're better off with seeing ten minute 'Watching Scotty Grow' montages and cameos from those chaps from The Hills to be honest.

Also, they're getting paid £8 million a year and they're moaning that it's not enough? That's like a fat person going to Ethiopia and claiming that he can't find a McDonalds anywhere. I mean, how bad is Nancy Cartwrights Thetan level if she needs that kind of cash? How many aliens can one woman exorcise?

My captcha: andsnot comprehend.

I really can't.

first duke nukem forever is released then friends changes channel and now the simpsons could get cancelled, are there no certainties in live anymore!!!

gallaetha_matt:

Also, they're getting paid £8 million a year and they're moaning that it's not enough?

You misread, the $8mill is their current pay and Fox want's to cut that in half, probably to fund other bad shows that wont last a season, or Fox News.

I don't really think this will be much of an issue. Whenever Fox discontinues one of their popular series, like they did with Futurama, it gets picked up by another network.
Time-line: Futurama runs on Fox. People like it, people watch it. Fox cancels it. Comedy Central secures the rights to Futurama and starts airing it with huge success. Foc takes back the rights to Futurama at their first chance and agrees to air a few new seasons and produce 4 Futurama movies. Fox cancels Futurama again. Futurama gets picked up by Comedy Central and makes another season and recently got renewed for another one. The Simpsons wont die over this, but I still think they could accept the pay cut. They're talented voice actors, but they would still earn enough to get by.

I do want the Simpsons to end, but I don't want it to end with Fox pulling the plug. I would like to see them have time to build up a proper finale as opposed to just being suddenly dropped by FOX

It would be odd to see The Simpsons go, considering both that it is older than me and that it is had a constant presence in my life in terms of entertainment almost since I can remember.

DarkEyedBlues:

V TheSystem V:
so they're getting around $400,000 an episode. A 45% cut would lower their takings for an episode to just above $200,000. To be honest, they're earning a hell of a lot for voice work. 20 minutes of voice work an episode

$200,000 an episode is actually pretty low for a tv cast thats been on the air this long. That's less then the guy who plays house, or tina fey, or steve carell when he was on the office and A LOT less then charlie sheen or jerry sienfield when they were on.

And they are in there more then 20 minutes, as they each voice an average of 4 characters.

If you voiced 4 of the most memorable tv characters ever and had been doing so for the past 20 years, how much should you expect to make?

I'm pretty sure damn near everyone here would be willing to voice the entire fucking cast for $200,000 a year, let alone $200,000 an episode.

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