'The Big Bang Theory' cast gets a big, fat raise

Sources confirm that the stars of CBS’ The Big Bang Theory have successfully negotiated major pay raises from the show’s producer, Warner Bros. TV. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco will get $200,000 an episode for the fourth season (compared to about $60,000 last season). Their paychecks will then spike to $250,000 per episode in season five, $300,000 in season six, and $350,000 in season seven. The actors will also each receive .25 point of the show’s back-end and over $1 million as an advance, plus another $1 million for the seventh season. Ka-ching.


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  • Chenzo

    Bazinga . . . Bazinga Indeed!

    • Devin Faraci

      Ridiculous. For standing around reciting someone else’s writing.

      • lefty

        eeeeasy Devin.

      • TI

        It’s a business. The reason they command such salaries is because they can attract millions of viewers, thus generating millions of dollars in advertising revenue. If you can get millions of people (in the right demographics) to watch you on a regular basis, you could get paid equally as well as the cast. Best of luck.

      • Derk A

        someone else’s writing wouldn,t be known if they weren,t reciting !

  • Michael

    Well-deserved.

  • Al

    jim parsons should get paid more now for his Emmy and Golden Globe.

    • jmo

      Nah, he’s always been a guy who cares more about the group than the individual. Go back to his interviews and see for yourself. Plus the studio might pressure the writers to focus too much on his character over the rest of the gang. I’m glad for the increase, they all deserve it.

      • Brian

        False, to some extent. The word was that he negotiated his deal separately. It ultimately didn’t matter–apparently they built “matching clauses” into the contracts so that the big 3 would all be paid the same, but I know he went into negotiations on his own, at least at first.

      • B-

        Jim Parsons went rogue, and insiders were concerned that the move would cost him an Emmy. It ultimately didn’t, but I am glad the Main 3 are on the same level Salary-Wise.

      • Mark

        Great to hear that Jim is a team player. I hope that means he’ll now be sending his agent over to negotiate new salaries for Simon and Kunal.

    • GoMe!

      Jim Parsons didn’t win the golden globe…he wasn’t even nominated.

      But I am very happy. They all deserve it. Heck! They should’ve asked for more money (like as much as Charlie Sheen). There is no way CBS would be stupid enough to cancel this show!

      • bkj

        He won it for 2011

  • emil

    Definitely well deserved. Glad i accidentally stumbled upon the show.

  • Nasir

    The other two characters are also great. I wonder what their pay raise is?

  • I wish the other two actors in the main cast received the same raise.

  • Melissa

    Good for them; they totally deserve it.

  • Liz

    So does this mean that we will be seeing a season 7? I know they were picked up for 2 more seasons last year. It would make me so happy to know that my favorite band a merry nerds will be on television for hte next 3+years!

  • wisconsin

    Wait? Kunal and Simon? No raise? A smaller raise?

  • john

    I am sure the other 2 will be taken care of . not as well but good enough . hopefully

  • nycgirl

    Only Jim Parsons deserves a raise. Everyone else on the show is mediocre while he’s just at a better, higher level. He’s the only reason I and a lot of other people I know even watch the show. Parsons = Seinfeld, everyone else in the cast = Just Shoot Me. Not bad, but not great either.

    • Anya

      I don’t actually find Seinfeld all that funny, but hey, Seinfeld also wrote the stuff, and I know lots of people find it hilarious (just not me, alas). While Parsons is undoubtedly the breakout star, and the reason I came to the show and stayed around to keep watching, you do have to have people to play off that, It’d be hard to have to play the straight person and not feel like you got any credit for it. Parsons also has the most risk of getting stereotyped. Actors have to plan like this might be the only job they get and not live like this is a guaranteed income for the next 40 years, because for some actors one sitcom does end up being the peak of their careers.

  • golfdoc

    i don’t watch a lot of network tv but tbbt is definitely at the top of the list. don’t like the move to thursdays, thank god for dvr. oh, and get penny and leonard back together dating.

  • Jimmy

    The best part of this article is I learned there are at least 3 more seasons of TBBT. Thank God good comedy will live for a few more years.

  • bkj

    WTF!!! What about Simon and Kunal? Aren’t they main characters too?

    • sansdeity

      No.

  • Mike Hunt

    I would like to stick my DING DONG in Penny’s WHO WHO DILLEY!!!

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