Big Bang Theory Stars Refuse to Film Unless They Get $1 M per Ep

Today in mo' money mo' problems, production on the hit CBS show The Big Bang Theory has halted over salary negotiations: The stars want MILLIONS.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have not yet reached a new deal with studio Warner Bros. Television, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with the cast officially not returning to work on season eight.

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Emmy winner Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are negotiating together and seeking big salary increases. Sources told THR in September that the trio, who currently earn $325,000 per episode, are seeking up to $1 million per half-hour with a cut of the show's backend.

One million dollars per half hour. It's true that BBT is TV's number one comedy. But season 5, season 6 and season 8 each contained 24 episodes. Three stars want a million each. Any way you slice it, that is a lot of money.

Writing for The Telegraph, Alice Vincent points out that in 2002, the cast of juggernaut sitcom Friends asked for a million per episode — and got it. Are Big Bang Theory and Friends on the same level?