Big Bang Theory Leads Are Next to Seek Bigger Paydays, as Co-Stars Score Salary Bumps

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Big Bang Theory Salary TalksThree years after famously banding together Friends-like at the negotiations table, The Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are poised for an encore, with their current deals expiring in the spring at the end of the show’s seventh season. But how high will their new paydays go?

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With the entire ensemble’s contracts — as well as the CBS hitcom’s license fee — up for renewal at season’s end, thus far Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch (aka Amy and Bernadette) have inked new deals, our sister site Deadline reports, putting their per-episode paychecks at around $60,000 (up from $20,000-30,000).

That leaves Team Parsons/Cuoco/Galecki, as well as costars Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, with negotiations still ahead of them. While Helberg and Nayyar (currently at $125 and $75K, respectively) again negotiate as a unit, the three leads will unite to seek, reportedly, north of $500,000 per episode (versus the $300K they’re currently pulling).

It’s worth noting that Big Bang ranks as TV’s most-watched and highest-rated comedy. It’s also a syndication powerhouse.

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Because you were wondering: Per a recent TV Guide Magazine report, TV’s highest paid drama actor is NCIS‘ Mark Harmon (at $525,000 per, plus points from the back end), while Two and a Half Men‘s Ashton Kutcher collects comedy’s biggest paycheck, getting by on $750K per episode.



Comments (116)

  • A little extravagant dont you think? Maybe Big Bang makes tons but use some of the extra for other scripted shows

    Comment by Boiler – September 18, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I just wish all TV and Movie stars would take pay cuts (or at least minimal pay increases like normal people 3%-5% a year) and be thankful for a job…these excessive amounts of money PER episode for the major players (i.e. Parsons, Cuoco, Galecki, Kutcher, Harmon, etal) are more than many people see in their lifetime :( Sad to see people all around us suffering, and the rich and famous just keep getting more rich and more famous. I know they work 12-14 hour days while filming, but they also get ample time off during the season and then summer hiatus.

      Comment by Belle – February 13, 2014 05:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Maybe they’re sick of making the network huge amounts of money, of which they only see a tiny percentage…

        Comment by Damien – February 25, 2014 02:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Absolutely. Too few people are making so much money, while millions are homeless and suffering. Many live on less than $1.00 per DAY. $500,000 per episode just shows how greedy and vain these people have become.

        Comment by Yanta – February 28, 2014 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They should get as much as they can, to many stars die broke, the networks makes tons of money with world wide exsposer and reruns

        Comment by Craig Ewing – March 1, 2014 11:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, the fact that so many celebrities create/donate to huge charities and give to those less fortunate has no bearing for discussion at all. They are all just a bunch of greedy people we need to shame and be general asshats to, they’re only human, but who cares!!

        Comment by Bradn – March 2, 2014 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • TOTALY AGREE WITH YOU, HOW MUCH ARE THEY REALLY WORTH

        Comment by karen eggers – March 29, 2014 12:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Good for them!!! Make all you can!!! Those people that cry oh it’s a shame they make that much money! I think they are no different then pro athletes! When you reach the top you should get paid for it! The networks sure make a bundle! Do I wish it was me? Sure do!!!!! And all these whiners….if the tables were turned how fast they would change their minds!!!! Remember there are only three types of people people that can count and people that can’t!

        Comment by Ron H – April 10, 2014 12:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • As long as people are willing to watch the shows the stars will continue to make the money. If you want this to change you either need to stop watching the shows or take the step of boycotting all shows where the actor/actress makes more than a certain amount per year. Much the same action needs to be taken in response to politicians; constituents have a great deal of power and influence if only they would actually participate in the government system and vote out those that don’t properly serve their constituency. I think blue collar workers should make just as much as white collar, but the change will never occur so long as people are willing to turn a blind eye to the people that actually do the work that makes this country great. We are a nation of sad and pathetic people willing to give up everything in order to be supported by a government that was never meant to support anyone, but only created to protect our rights of life, property, and liberty.

      Comment by J – February 13, 2014 09:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s not correct. Read the Preamble to the Constitution. There’s that sentence regarding governmental responsibilities that reads: “promote the general welfare.”

        Comment by Larry – February 16, 2014 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • rofl. Governments don’t exist to support the welfare of the people. The people exist to support the welfare of the rich and famous. Governments get selected by the rich when they promise to keep taking away our rights and civil liberties and promise to maintain mindless consumerism and rampant resource wastage. There are no governments for the people, by the people.The economic slavery is to blame for the drive to want more and more that we don’t need while millions suffer. Shame on all rich people!

        Comment by Yanta – February 28, 2014 12:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They still can’t command that Friends salary of $1 million per episode. The times, they are a-changin’!

    Comment by alistaircrane – September 18, 2013 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They were the best!
      There was no bad episodes! Everything was perfect!

      Comment by Elga N. – September 18, 2013 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I know you were probably saying that sarcastically, but I actually think Friends was perfect…

        Comment by Babybop – September 18, 2013 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Agreed, every single episode had me smiling and laughing.
          A bit off topic from the actual story but have the writers of Friends wrote anything else(comedy wise)?

          Comment by Robb – September 18, 2013 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Yes, look up something called episodes. It had Matt LeBlac playing an exaggerated version of himself fused with joey. It was very different from friends but I loved it.

            Somehow its apt that my first comment on tvline is about friends

            Comment by Vaidehi Krishnan – September 18, 2013 09:18 PM PDT  
        • Not me. I couldn’t stand Kudrow or Schwimmer. And the stunt casting with Pitt and Selleck was ridiculous. I’ve never been tempted to watch a rerun.

          Comment by Paris – September 18, 2013 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Lol, that is literally only you and no one else.

            Comment by Nat – September 18, 2013 06:23 PM PDT  
          • Agreed. I couldn’t stand the whole show.

            Comment by John – September 18, 2013 06:47 PM PDT  
          • Pitt was a stunt-cast. I’d argue that Tom Selleck’s Richard was on the show for too long (10 episodes total, but was dating for Monica for the majority of season 2) and too well-developed (more developed than any other boyfriend/girlfriend they had on that show) to really qualify as “stunt.” He was just a very famous guest star. But it did do a lot of stunt casting in one-off episodes (like Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Jeff Goldblum, Gary Oldman, etc.).

            Comment by Adam – September 18, 2013 08:38 PM PDT  
          • Friends was a great show far better than Rosanne or most of the shows on at the time but it is no where as good as BBT . The entire cast is great , Friends was good but not every episode nor every cast member gold. Pay them what they want , they deserve it , they are paying Aston K. 750 K ? Cut his salary and toss it into the pot .

            Comment by Keith Mills – December 28, 2013 11:01 AM PDT  
      • It will definitely remain one of the great sitcoms out there, but I have to disagree with “no bad episodes”. There were several annoying storylines and some episodes weren’t all that great. I personally enjoy TBBT way more than Friends but they’re still both great shows.

        Comment by abz – September 18, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • See episode where Phoebe teaches Joey French. Bad, bad, bad. But, it’s pretty good considering that out of, like, 220 episodes, that there were only 1 AWFUL ones, and only a handful of mediocre ones.

          Comment by neha – September 18, 2013 08:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • That was hilarious and one of the best, view fad bad episodes on Friends.

            Comment by Sam – September 18, 2013 10:28 PM PDT  
    • I actually read somewhere they may command $1 million per episode. CBS won’t deny them as they are the biggest comedy. Plus I would think they should all be making more than Kutcher, I mean he walked on a few seasons ago and grabbed that salary. At least they worked up to their salary. Plus BBT is superior to TAAHM in my opinion.

      Comment by cas – September 19, 2013 05:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Galeki/Parson/Cuoco- 600k
    Nayar/Helberg- 200k.

    Comment by Kevin W. – September 18, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Show’s a hit, makes a mint, the actors should get their share. Supply and demand. If the network wasn’t making a mint off them, they wouldn’t pay. Get what you can, kids.

    Comment by McVickers – September 18, 2013 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • by all means allow greed to fill your hearts as I switch channels.

      Comment by tjchase – September 21, 2013 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Define “greed” please. If CBS is making a boat load of money from this show (and they are), why wouldn’t the ones doing the work be paid more? The actors earn enough in my mind, however they will likely be forever type cast into these types of roles. They have to think of their futures in a post BBT lifetime. Also, the crew & writers are probably the ones getting the shaft in this whole deal.

        Comment by Nick – January 2, 2014 08:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If Ashton K gets $750k per episode. Then Kaley, Jim and Johnny deserve what they want. They are making more money for the network. And Ashton is ridiculously overpaid for a show that should probably have been canceled a few years ago.

    Comment by Carm – September 18, 2013 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re right!

      Comment by Elga N. – September 18, 2013 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No way. The big bang theory has a huge cast and no one is very strong. On two and a half men it is 2-3 people doing everything while on bbt you have times when some people don’t say or do much of anything. No one ever puts in the effort or quality to deserve that much. Up until this past season, which was the worst yet in terms of quality, it wasn’t nearly as popular because it wasn’t being aired constantly on channels like Tbs

      Comment by crog – September 18, 2013 03:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes because Jim Parsons didn’t win Best Actor in a Comedy Series two times in a row.

        Comment by Shaun Ed – September 18, 2013 07:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would have cancelled The Big Bang Theory when it started to go down hill… About 2 minutes into the pilot. Awful show. 2 and a half men likewise… (and Mike & Molly)

      Comment by Waage – September 18, 2013 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Roseanne? Is that you?

        Comment by TV Gord – September 18, 2013 06:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Exactly – pretty much anything by Chuck Lorre is cheap laugh comedy.

        Comment by Alex – September 19, 2013 07:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Bull, it is the best comedy on TV, i do not miss a show…..even the repeats.

        Comment by Brian Samlalsingh – January 20, 2014 07:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree with the cancel part.

      It’s about time BBT is cancelled too. It’s run its course and has gone downhill over the last 3 seasons.

      Comment by Yanta – February 28, 2014 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They can ask for as much as they think they deserve.
    WB / CBS are free to say no and cancel TBBT / recast characters.
    Seems pretty fair. So much drama for a comedy! ;)

    Comment by ScrubsGuy – September 18, 2013 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They all deserve pay bumps. They know it. The ratings say they do. CBS should know it. This is going to be an easy negotiation. Just keep great episodes coming!

    Comment by King – September 18, 2013 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Personally Mayim Bialik deserves more, her Amy really pushed the show to new heights

    Comment by Hallie – September 18, 2013 02:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • agree, plus it’s her character that has changed the most may be too compared to other.

      Comment by roderk – September 18, 2013 02:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d chip in for Amy to go away forever.

      Comment by Dr. Reid – September 18, 2013 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah, me too… I’d support a Kickstarter or something, to get her off of the show. She’s awful

        Comment by Waage – September 18, 2013 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Omg! I totally agree with you, Dr. Reid.

        I cannot stand her. She is disturbingly creepy, weird and completely inappropriate regarding Penny.

        She seems like a stalker crazy- type.

        Comment by ninamags – September 18, 2013 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • She was sweet at first, but now every moment she’s on my screen grates on my nerves. Extremely overrated character and performance.

        Comment by CJ – February 12, 2014 06:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed, and I think Rauch deserves more too. They really should have held out for a higher price, I think they’re as integral to the show as any of their costars anyway, and losing either (or both) Amy and Bernadete would be detrimental.

      Comment by meg – September 19, 2013 01:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • with these wage increases, they will not be quick to find a girlfriend to Raj to make regular participation.

    Comment by roderk – September 18, 2013 02:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does ANYONE think that even a mere $30,000 an EPISODE is a ridiculous amount of money to be making? I mean think about it, if the show has even a small season (13 episodes a year) they are making $390,000 A YEAR! Doctors don’t even make that much. I’m not dissing on the show, I love BBT but seriously, hollywood and professional sports for that matter have unrealistic pay. I would love to make a fourth of that considering I’m a single mom. Good lord!

    Comment by Underpaid single mom – September 18, 2013 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • yes, it is a ridiculous amount of money when compared to a typical person’s salary. But when you consider it as a percentage of the money made by the show and the network, those salaries are quite reasonable.

      Comment by jj – September 18, 2013 03:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This is nauseating enough for me to want to stop watching. Talk about income disparity! I understand that Johnny, Kaley and Jim are the stars, but the show would not work without the supporting cast. How is it possible that Mayim and Melissa have been making between $20k to $30k when they have been on the show for like three years? Seriously? How is this ok that Kaley makes almost $400,000 an episode and these ladies make such a minute fraction of that? That is sickening. And now they are going for even more? This is sickening…I’m losing the desire to watch and thus be complicit to this behavior…

      Comment by Babygate – September 18, 2013 03:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I’m actually upset that Mayim might be making the same as Melissa, who has been on the show a lot longer.

        Bernadette is adorable, Amy is disturbing.

        Comment by ninamags – September 18, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Melissa joined the show 18 episodes before Mayam, so they are pretty much on par. Also, Melissa has done 68 episodes, while Mayam has done 63.

          I’m glad to see so many people correctly saying the cast deserves their fair share of the profits. (The writers do, too.) As I point out every time these ludicrous conversations come up about any cast’s salary negotiations, why should any of us care how much they make? It doesn’t cost us any more to watch!

          Comment by TV Gord – September 18, 2013 06:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Income disparity arguments are what allow actors to command larger shares of television profits… Think how much the SHOW earns and what chunk of that is because of them.

        Following that, take into account the cost of actually doing the job at that level, including managerial and agent salaries (which are percentages).

        Then think about the fact that as recognizable people, they have to invest in secure home accommodations. No pinching pennies by renting folks. You have to be in a good neighborhood, and LA property value is BONKERS. Not to mention that the cost of living in LA is high, period.

        I haven’t even mentioned that working in television is actually brutal and something that should pay somewhat decently. Five 15-hour minimum work days a week, not much you can do for sick leave or vacation, and maybe a week or two off here and there as a break.

        All told, Rauch’s initial 30k an episode is high to us, but probably put her at a sort of “upper-middle class” kind of life.

        Comment by John – September 18, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Thank you! I’m glad someone finally said this. Yea they get paid a lot of money and sometimes it’s too much but most of the time they are working 100-hour weeks getting to set at five in the morning and not leaving until midnight and if they don’t live where their show films they have to spend weeks and months away from their families. Not to mention their work is out their for the world to see and critique and for all these anonymous commenters to judge and most people don’t have to deal with that at their 9 to 5 jobs so part of it is hazard pay for having to deal with all that crap.

          Comment by Stephanie – September 18, 2013 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Please- I’d take that “hardship” on in a heartbeat. But realistically it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to income disparity in this country.

            Comment by Alex – September 19, 2013 07:59 AM PDT  
      • I think they all make the show , jim parsons I would say is the main person but the others are all the same. I think its wrong for 2 of the girls to make 20-30,000 and the other 2 guys 75-125,00 while 3 of them make 350,00 and want 500,00 I don’t understand why Kaley paid more than Mayim or Melissa , and Johnny does not deserve any more than the other 2 guys if that much don’t think hes that funny. Really think what they are asking for is over the top

        Comment by karen eggers – March 29, 2014 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You have to take context into consideration. This show makes an obscene amount of money for the studios because they can command top dollar for ad space. The stars know what they bring to the table and they use it as leverage. You think that Melissa and Mayim making $390,000 a year is extravagant? That’s about what Kaley makes AN EPISODE! Jim and Johnny make even more. THAT is what I find inconceivable.

      Comment by Babygate – September 18, 2013 03:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This doesn’t seem greedy. Big Bang is making a fortune in profits, it’s the biggest hit comedy in YEARS. The actors are why people watch; they could legitimately make even more money if they wanted. Ashton Kutcher makes THAT much for a lesser hit on a show that has been in decline for years? There’s something wrong here.

    Comment by bill – September 18, 2013 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How on earth is Ashton Kutcher making that much money?

    Comment by Morgan – September 18, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • CBS is stupid. He took over a part on a successful sitcom and negotiated well. And somehow viewers are still watching enough to get it good ratings.

      Comment by cas – September 19, 2013 05:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How much are the writers, the ones that actually MAKE the show, making?

    Comment by Gina – September 18, 2013 03:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Are you saying the writers should be earning more?
      If so you are stupid.

      Comment by Robb – September 18, 2013 03:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Did you see me ask that? No. I just asked a simple question.

        Comment by Gina – September 18, 2013 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Gina does not deserve to be called stupid for her comment. Grow up!

        Comment by TV Gord – September 18, 2013 06:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just what TBBT needs: more commercials to pay for the actors. I can practically watch an entirely different show while waiting for the commercials on TBBT to end.

    Comment by Badpenny – September 18, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why such pay disparity between Kaley and Mayim,Melissa?Or between the whole cast?Or bewteen Jim,Johnny and Kunal,Simon?How come Simon & Kunal negociate salary seperately?Is there a behind the scenes fued?Why arent Simon and Kunal making as much as jim ,Johnny, theyve been regulars on the show since it started.I think to avoid fueds the whole cast should be paid the same.

    Comment by Brandy – September 18, 2013 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • When you sign your initial contract the amount is generally based on the needs of the role and your overall acting experience. Everyone doesn’t get paid the same amount as each person’s agent negotiates the best deal they can get their client at that time. That’s how the agents earn their 10-15%. Everyone doesn’t just get paid the same, nor should everyone get paid the same. It’s clear different actors have a much bigger impact on the series, and their character’s role gets expanded because of that. Look at how much Sheldon has changed between season 1 and now. As the character became more popular the writing for him changed and he became more quirkier.

      Comment by Badpenny – September 18, 2013 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is interesting. It’s like there are certain members of the cast working as a team, but the whole cast isn’t working together as a united front. I wish I could say more, but that’s interesting.

      Comment by lll – September 18, 2013 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly, I think Mayin and Melissa deserve MORE than that. For me, the addition of the females has vastly improved the show from the early seasons. Yes, Jim Parsons is still the star. But I believe the three women have brought the show to another level in terms of the comedy. The recent seasons have been a lot better than the early ones. I still think the pilot is awful.

    Comment by Josh Emerson – September 18, 2013 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also, may I add, Johnny Galecki is NOT worth $500k an episode! Is there anyone on Earth that actually watches because they want to see Leonard? lol The show would be fine without him.

    Comment by Josh Emerson – September 18, 2013 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Plenty of people, he is integral to the show his salary shows that.

      Comment by Sam – September 18, 2013 10:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Raj can’t even catch a break in real life.

    Comment by David – September 18, 2013 04:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah. How sucky for him that he only makes $75,000 for 5-8 minutes of screen time each week. :)

      Comment by Badpenny – September 18, 2013 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You know married to a Miss World right?

      Comment by Sam – September 18, 2013 10:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Is married to a Miss World

      Comment by Sam – September 18, 2013 10:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amy and Bernie are certainly the newest additions and should therefore make significantly less, but it just seems almost comical that Sheldon might make 10 times as much as Amy. Sheldon is so central, I’m not even sure I disagree with it. But it seems weird.

    Comment by GIlda – September 18, 2013 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a big fan of TBBT, but these salaries are ridiculous! Ashton Kutcher getting paid $750k per episode – just wow. The problem with Hollywood is that these actors get paid so much (really unnecessary amounts) and most don’t know what to do with it. Personally, I think 10% of their wage would be more than enough for them to live on…not forgetting this is PER EPISODE. The Big Bang Theory is only 20-minutes long. Yes I know it’s not just going in there, doing their bit and going home. I’m well aware they have to learn their lines, do a ‘dress-rehearsal’ and then the actual live show etc., but still, I don’t think this qualifies for such big bucks. The same goes for footballers!

    Comment by allthingsentertainment94 – September 18, 2013 06:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s somewhat important to keep in mind that by the time Agents, Managers, Publicists, dues, Security, and Taxes (especially California state taxes) are paid the actor gets less then 50% of the amount paid to them. That’s not to say they don’t make a HUGE amount of money. But when you see someone making $300,000 they’re only going home with around $125,000 of it.

      Comment by Badpenny – September 18, 2013 06:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Very true and a fair point. However, over here in the UK, that equates to about £77,000, that’s more than a doctor gets paid a year and they’re getting paid this for just one of 24 episodes. I do agree, articles like this fail to mention the actors’ outgoings, but still, to me it’s still way too much.

        Comment by allthingsentertainment94 – September 19, 2013 05:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do any of you commenting on here feel athletes or actors are making way too much money? The amounts they make DIRECTLY affect cost of going to games or movies and to me are ridiculous. I am guessing that somewhere down the line we pay more due to less show time, more commercials and higher cable fees…..see Direct TV and CBS. These salaries are ridiculous. I love TBBT but it is sort of sickening to see these demands. Give them a percentage of syndication rights instead.

    Comment by Boiler – September 18, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You really think that if athletes got paid less, that ticket prices and cable fees would go down??? That money would just go into someone else’s pocket. They will charge whatever people are willing to pay.

      Warner Bros is getting $6 million an episode for TBBT from CBS, TBS, and Fox stations. Add to that overseas money, DVDs, streaming, etc. This is probably a multi-billion dollar franchise. I think the actors deserve their share of that. With the 3 stars negotiating together, they know that the show can’t continue without them. A deal will be reached that everyone can live with, because that is in everyone’s interest. There is too much money involved for a deal not to be made.

      Comment by Dave – September 18, 2013 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • To answer yopur first question, if the salaries were somewhat reasonable yes ticket prices would go down. As to cable fees, athletes have nothing to do with that directly and I didn’t imply that, but networks charge cable for carrying their product and do pass along costs. The whole salary structure is out of whack and as much as I like TBBT perhaps it is time for networks to tell these folks forget it

        Comment by Boiler – September 19, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good for them. For anyone who thinks its an obscene amount of money – ya, it is. But why should the actors get paid what the rest of us make and then the head people at the studios make even more money. The actors deserve an equal piece of the pie – its just a really rich pie

    Comment by liz – September 18, 2013 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m actually surprised by the difference in salary between Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar. I would consider them about on the same level as each other character, story line and starring-wise. I couldn’t believe that Simon makes about 50k an episode more than Kunal. That is not a knock on Simon in any way. I love all the characters and actors. I really just thought they would be making about the same amount for some reason.

    I also think the ladies, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, should be making more per episode than even their new contracts give them. I think if the “main three” end up making 500k an episode then the others should all make at least 100k minimum and probably a lot more than that. 250k each for the boys and 100k for the ladies sounds good. (Not because of any sexist reasons, just going by how long they have been on the show.)

    Comment by The Squatch – September 18, 2013 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. Last season Raj & Howard had most of the stories. Girls nights were one of the other really fun things on the show. It almost seems unfair that Mayim would make about 10 times less money than Johnny Galecky, considering her being in almost every story, being nominated for an EMMY for second time and being a consultant on the show, because she is the only actress there with an actual PHD.

      Comment by Lubomir Raykov – September 18, 2013 11:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I don’t think they care about her PHD.

        Comment by cas – September 19, 2013 05:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • On a side note, how much money do people think NBC would pay the cast of Seinfeld per episode to come back for a season? ;)

    Comment by Pat D. – September 19, 2013 05:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That just seems really selfish to want a $200,000+ raise, per episode. Most American’s are living paycheck-to-paycheck…or worse no paychecks. I think they are super talented and as a whole have a great chemistry, but it just makes me think less of them as human beings. Be thankful you have a job, and one you all love!! I wanna know why “Raj” Kunal, gets so much less than “Howard” Simon??!! Seems strange to me, sure he doesn’t speak if women are present, unless he’s drunk but he still is hilarious with his facial expressions and whispers!!! The leads should get more, but supporting characters (like Simon & Kunal) should be making the same amount as the other. People in show biz need to get their heads out of the clouds and realize what they are making now is more than some people see in a lifetime!!! stepping down from soapbox

    Comment by Annie – September 19, 2013 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You DO realize that thanks to advertising and licensing, huge money is there and that if the actors don’t get it, the studio executives do get it?

      Comment by AmbidextrousAspie – September 19, 2013 07:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wolowitz and Raj are so much funnier than Leonard. I struggle to see why Galecki makes so much.more than them – the show really could function without him. Jim Parsons by far deserves the most money though.

    Not sure why people get so outraged by the amount these actors get paid. They only get paid that because the show makes so many millions more. If the money didn’t go to the actors, it’d be going to the corporate conglomerates that make the show + Chuck Lorre. I’d much rather it go to the actors.

    Comment by Jay – September 19, 2013 10:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m surprised Kaley would be getting a raise, since they hardly ever use her like they used to. It’s all Amy these days. I think she’s funny, but in small doses. I miss the earlier seasons when Penny was the focus. I know they need to switch things up after so many seasons, but too much Amy is not a good thing.

    Comment by Mikael – September 19, 2013 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rauch and Bayik are severely underpaid compared to their costars. I had expected them to be paid not too much under Helberg and Nayar.

    Comment by meg – September 19, 2013 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howards mom should get 500k too.

    Comment by brickslayer – September 19, 2013 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amy sucks, she boring,annoying and a closeted lesbian with feelings for Penny & will never be happy in her relationship with Sheldon until/unless the sleep together which will never happen.I love Penny &Leonard but Penny will never be on the same page at the same time as him relationship wise_2 1/2 seasons of dating before she finally says I love you, and shes still not ready for them to live together?Raj was a good character the first three seasons, now he like a cartoon, a girly one.Lenord,Penny,Sheldon ,Raj used to be my fave characters but even Sheldons arrogonce, ego,selfishness and eccecriticies are getting too much and annoying.They barley use Penny anymore and shes a semi alcohlic the last couple seasons.

    Comment by Brandy – September 19, 2013 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh, and irl, Howard and Bernadette would never have gotten married what with the major difference of opionion on kids.Its a deal breaker in irl.He would have to give up his dream of having kids to make her happy since she hates kids or she wouldve decided to have one for him to make him happy.Neither is right,but neither is Bernadettes “ill work and avoid/ignore my family while Howarf stays home with the kids”.

    Comment by Brandy – September 19, 2013 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • too much MONEY for acting what about the POLICE AND FIREFIGHTERS THEY DESERVE
    MORE

    Comment by donnaparr50@yahoo.com – September 23, 2013 11:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was very interested to see how Jim Parsons was going to attack these negotiations. Lets call it for what it is: Clearly, Sheldon is the most popular character on that show. Additionally, Jim Parsons is required to learn the most dialogue by far, not to mention the fact that he’s the one with all the accolades( 3 Emmys, GG, Critics Choice, etc…) All this proves to me is that he doesn’t have a massive ego when clearly he could, and I don’t think anyone would fault him for that. If he were going into these negotiations separately from Johnny and Kaley he would be demanding probably at least 100k more than them…minimum, for the reasons I just stated. If I was his agent I would be looking at 1 # and 1# only…750k which as we all know is what Ashton is making. This isn’t about who’s the bigger *star* but just in the confines of TV, and the reality is TBBT is the number 1 comedy on television and currently he’s making 400k more than Jim. Outrageous!! With that being said, I applaud him (Jim) for putting his ego aside and going in head first with his other two co-stars. It just shows he views them as equals (performance wise, and obviously in every other way that counts)

    Comment by Matthew – September 25, 2013 12:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Almost forgot: Simon Helberg is without a doubt the most underutilized and underappreciated actor and character on that show. I know it’s easy to get overshadowed by Jim Parsons but Simon Helberg does more than hold his own. Just from a performance standpoint he should be making at least 250k an episode. Johnny Galecki is just meh, same as Kaley Cuoco but I get their significance to the show at this stage. But yeah, give Simon his money, he deserves it.

    Comment by Matthew – September 25, 2013 12:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well said. The man does impressions, sings, plays instruments and is just a wonderful performer/actor he definitely deserves a raise considering he has to showcase his talents much more than the other actors.

      Comment by Zelia Ruka – November 11, 2013 07:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do people have to go on about how much they’re making? Think about it this way, when an actor plays a character, especially in a tv series like this for an extended amount of time, they miss out on time with their friends and family, and they probably have to be kept an eye on mentally. they’re playing the personality of someone who is not them. Easy way to develop mental disorders. Not to mention, it’s their job to keep us entertained. Just like it’s my job to take orders, cash them out, and give people food. It’s what they have chosen as a profession. Just because we couldnt/didnt make the same choice they did, does not mean we have any right to critisize them.

    Comment by Kathryn – October 16, 2013 06:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A nice piece of a sweet pie. Even crumbs in this business are a lifetime achievement for most salaried workers. Its not really right to compare but complaining will not get you sympathy or empathy on any level nor should it.

    As for “hazard” pay I think the military gives you like $300 extra a month if you juggle prisoner food grades of explosives with a few hundred more if you also do it underwater as your lungs try not to burst.

    As far as normal America is concerned if your paying $10,000 for a pair of shoes not only would we walk in them we would sell them and pay rent for a year. How many episodes a year? So a paltry 20K an episode congratulations dr.surgeon with no liability and 12 yrs of school to pay off!

    Comment by fud90f – November 6, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Honestly speaking the characters Amy and Bernadette are getting more involved in the show they really do deserve a raise considering the difference between their pay and the other actors. honestly I believe they all should get raises due to the money the show makes but I dont think there should be such a difference in pay between the actors

    Comment by Zelia Ruka – November 11, 2013 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should be making much more money

    Comment by sherron – December 14, 2013 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You can’t compare a top leading actor/actress in TV to any regular salary. In many fields there is the cream of the crop that will get paid in extravagant amount of money. It is all based on risk/reward..all part of capitalism. The top 10% of actor/actresses make less than then a doctor. You are looking at the top .5%… Most can barely make a living, another portion can make a modest living comparable to most fields, then a very very tiny portion make huge amounts because they were successful. They are the “Steve Jobs” of their field. In addition, they do work long demanding hours…and let’s face it their time to make this money is short-lived. That and they have quite a bit of responsibilities in terms of promoting the show that are required… If you write a book and it’s hugely successful like…per say Harry Potter… should you not get a portion of the profits? It’s the nature of capitalism.

    Comment by Nicole – December 18, 2013 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t care what they make as long as they continue to entertain.

    More power to them.

    Comment by Carl – January 4, 2014 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bbt is my favorite show never miss an episode. They should pay everyone the same. There’s great chemistry all around

    Comment by Debbie – January 14, 2014 07:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Asking for more money?

    This makes me angry and has lowered my perception of the 3 actors. Clearly they don’t realise what type of show they are in, and the type of people that enjoy the show, and what those people support. $300,000 is more than enough!

    I was never a fan of Cuckoo any way.

    Comment by Jack – January 14, 2014 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Friends was the most overrated show of all time.

    Comment by Anne – January 28, 2014 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • we end each day with the big bang theory reruns. hope they last forever.

    Comment by robert isenmann, sr. – February 26, 2014 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ok this does not seem to he me I put in the search why has the big bang theory been cancelled then it comes up with this I do not understand! Urgh

    Comment by Chris – March 8, 2014 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • the money is there- as actors they’re just trying to get a fair percentage of what’s being earned. if they don’t get a fair percentage of the earnings, it just goes to studio/producers, etc….

    Comment by bryandyer – March 12, 2014 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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