IGN has posted some shocking news…
After 23 seasons, The Simpsons could end because of contract issues. The Daily Beast reports that FOX wants the voice cast to take extreme pay cuts.
Currently, the studio and the six principal voice actors are at an “impasse” over salaries and on Monday the executives asked/demanded that the cast take a 45% pay cut or else the show will end. The cast, in return, asked for only a 30% pay cut and a slice of the show’s huge back-end profits.
“FOX is taking the position that unless they can cut the production costs really drastically, they’ll pull the plug on new shows,” a Simpsons insider told The Daily Beast. “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. The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that’s not good enough for Fox.”
The actors currently each make around $8 million dollars a year.
20th Century Fox Television talked to The Hollywood Reporter this morning and said: “23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. 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.”
Can somebody imagine a world without The Simpsons?