Contract Brawl With Fox May Kill Simpsons
Network wants voice actors to take 45% pay cut
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 4, 2011 8:31 AM CDT
Say it ain't so, Homer!   (AP Photo/Fox Broacasting Co.)

(Newser) – Has Moe polished his last glass? Has Homer slammed his last Duff’s? Has Krusty made his last small child cry? It’s all possible. Fox is threatening to pull the plug on history’s longest-running sitcom after the current season—its 23rd—if its core voice actors won’t accept a whopping 45% paycut, sources tell the Daily Beast. The cast had offered to take a 30% cut in exchange for some of the show’s massive backend profits, but Fox demurred.

“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,” one insider said. “Now Fox is basically saying, ‘If you don’t take this deal, we’ll shut down the show,’ and they’ll continue to make a ton of money." The six main voice actors currently earn about $8 million a year each, but think years of creative contributions entitle them to a slice of the show’s bigger backend pie.

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Oct 5, 2011 3:59 AM CDT
Another example of corporate greed. Are they losing money, NO. Only reason to make the creative people take a 45% pay cut, so the studio execs can make more money. And the reason they are willing to cancel the show if they don't get their way, is they will make money regardless because of syndication and merchandising. Just more extortion by the rich. And yeah, I see a lot of you complaining that the voice actors make way more money than the average American, but compared to the studio executives, they are still the little people and it's always the little people that are asked to make sacrifices so the top executives can make more.
Oct 4, 2011 11:26 PM CDT
i ll do it for 50 grand
Oct 4, 2011 4:44 PM CDT
I was hoping there would be more discussion of the idea that a voice actor is worth this kind of money, while millions work long hours on their feet all day for minimum wage. All Hollywood actors are overpaid according to Broadway scale -- and what is paid to some professional athletes shocks the conscience as well. Yet even these examples seem sensible when compared to the corporate exec who rakes in money like an African dictator while the company goes down the tube, and then gets a golden parachute jack-pot as a going away present. The solution seems logical to me as it did back in the days of the greatest Republican president since Theodore Roosevelt. The top income tax rate was 90% back then, for the super-rich, though it was kind of a joke because there were always accounting loopholes that a shrewd account could take advantage of. But the country understood the basic common sense of progressive taxation, something with could get one tarred and feathered for advocating at a Tea Party rally today.