‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast Agree To Pay Reduction So Under Paid Co-Stars Can Earn More
The Big Bang Theory has been on our screens for ten years and propelled the likes of Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki to the heights of fame.
But the millionaire cast members have now come to an agreement to support their co-stars who are paid considerably less than them per episode.
The five main stars of the show – including Kaley and Johnny, as well as Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg – get paid $1 million per episode of the hit TV series.
Yet they have now all agreed to let their pay cheques drop to $100,000 per episode for seasons eleven and twelve.
This is to allow their colleagues Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch to receive higher pay cheques, with $500,000 being freed up to be split between the actresses.
Bialik and Rauch became regular members of the cast in 2010, but up until now have earned $200,000 per episode, which is a noticeably less amount than their co-stars.
Warner Bros. and CBS have signed a two season renewal of the hit sitcom, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a new contract to be put in place for the longstanding cast members.
The five highest paid stars of the comedy show didn’t hesitate to agree to the pay cut, showing the sincere generosity between cast members and the close bond they have formed over the years of working together.
The pay rise for the Bialik and Rauch, who play Amy and Bernadette respectively, could see their pay per episode go up to $450,000, which is a staggering $21 million more for the two years in which seasons 11 and 12 will be filmed.
The characters of Amy and Bernadette have become a vital part of the series; with Amy Farrah Fowler being the girlfriend of Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), and Bernadette being the mother of Howard Wolowitz’s (Simon Helberg) child.
Mayim Bialik has also been nominated for four Emmy awards during her time on the show for Outstanding Supporting Actress.
Despite the drop in pay for the five main cast members, they will still remain the highest paid TV stars in history.
Variety magazine reported that The Big Bang Theory has grossed over 1 billion dollars since it debuted in 2007.