‘The Simpsons’ is the longest running prime-time television show ever, but it sounds like the show might be in a bit of trouble and could be coming to an end very soon.
The voice actors behind the iconic characters are “bitterly” trying to negotiate a deal with 20th Century Fox, but the studio is saying that if they don’t take a 45% pay cut, that the show is over. The cast has tried to compromise and is only asking for a 30% cut with a tiny profit from the show’s back end and merchandising earnings. An insider for the show said;
“Fox is taking the position that unless they can cut the production costs really drastically, they’ll pull the plug on new shows. 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. 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. They’re free to sell it to cable and a second round of syndication, and they figure that the cast has very little leverage.”
Recently there were talks that Fox was thinking about putting together an all ‘Simpsons’ channel that would only air the 23 seasons of the animated series.