The cast of The Big Bang Theory have become one of the highest-paid group of actors in TV history. Now the shows’ five original cast members, including Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar are reportedly taking a pay cut for their costars.
Currently in their tenth season, The Big Bang Theory’s five original leads all earn approximately $1 million per episode. This number leaves a large gap between the five actors and two of their costars, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik.
Rauch and Bialik joined the cast in season three and became series regulars in season four, yet they earn only (“only”) $200,000 per episode, a drastic cut from their five costars.
The cast is currently negotiating their salaries for Seasons 11 and 12, with the five original cast members opting to take a $100,000 pay cut per episode to bring Rauch and Bialik’s pay up to $450,000 per episode.
Currently, the five original cast members of The Big Bang Theory are the only actors to make $1 million per episode for a half-hour sitcom. This rate was previously set by the cast of Friends, who negotiated their groundbreaking payday in 2002.
Bialik has been nominated for three Primetime Emmys thanks to her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, with Parsons and Galecki the only other cast members to earn individual Emmy nominations. Bazinga.
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV.