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The main cast of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory have increased their pay-packets in size, negotiating reported salaries of $1m per episode. They did this after organising a walk-out during the first week of production.
The show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, told Entertainment Weekly that they deserved the increase and that they should be rich.
The Big Bang Theory is commissioned until 2017, and the show’s three biggest names, Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny) are going to earn to earn a guaranteed $72m each over the next three seasons.
Two of their co-stars Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) have also been given pay rises, but for much lower salaries. Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Dr Koothrappali) are said to be signing new deals later this week.
As a result, it’s no surprise that the cost of producing the sitcom has increased significantly.
It costs about $4 million to produce an episode and that is without adding the stars’ pay.
Adapted from a BBC article for education purposes