For over two decades, the Simpsons has filled the world with laughter, passing major milestones while in cruise control. However, as we approach the unbelievable 500th episode in the 23rd season, the toon has seemingly found a way to possibly come to an end. Not over ratings, not over a lack of creativity – over money! Apparently, the folks at FOX want the voice actors behind our favorite characters to take a pay cut, or else. The demand was made of the six principal actors that they take a nearly 50% reduction in salary. The cast countered, volunteering a 30% pay cut, but also a percentage of the show’s back-end profits. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be agreeable to Fox. Could this be the end of Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie’s family…?
“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.” -20th Century Fox Television to The Hollywood Reporter
So what does this mean? Will we find out more about “Nedna?” Will Moe’s Tavern shut down? What of Springfield Elementary? Will Kent Brockman submit his resume and reporting skills to ToonBarn? Stay TOONed right here to find out!