The long-running comedy nearly died in contract negotiations.
Homer Simpson is keeping his day job for a little while longer. The Simpsons, the longest-running show in the history of scripted television, was rescued from the brink of cancelation today when the show's voice actors finally broke a stalemate with 20th Century Fox and agreed to pay cuts. As a result, the show was renewed for two more seasons, and will reach the 25 season benchmark.
The agreement comes after weeks of negotiations between the voice actors, who wanted pay increases, and the studio, which was demanding a reduction in the show's massive budget to offset lower licensing fees due to sliding ratings. Montgomery Burns would be proud of the outcome: the actors caved, agreeing to a 30% pay cut, bringing the average salary per episode to…$308,000.
That's $308,000 per episode — close to $5 million per season — for voices. That's a lot of "D'oh!"
(Photo: 20th Century Fox)