The top CBS stars of The Big Bang Theory are currently without a contract to keep the show going, which is making the recommissioning of the show extremely difficult. It has been rumored that Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch were reluctant to sign on for a new series due to their low pay compared to their fellow cast members. Luckily, fans of #TheBigBangTheory need not worry, as their fellow stars came to the rescue to help their friends out where needed.
First joining The Big Bang Theory back in Season 3 in 2010, Rauch and Bialik had negotiated their contracts and deals separately and agreed on a much lower pay than the original members of the long running comedy sitcom.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg have all agreed on a pay cut, which allows Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch to get the pay rise they deserve. It's been reported that the original five cast members have agreed on cutting their $1 million an episode pay by over $100,000 each, which will then be shared between Bialik and Rauch, earning them roughly $450,000 per episode.
48 Episodes Are Part Of This New Salary Deal
This new salary deal is set to expand out into two brand new seasons, both consisting of 24 episodes. With two new seasons scheduled, Bialik and Rauch will earn more than $21 million as part of their new salary contract. CBS has been very open about the future of the show itself. CBS boss Glenn Geller told reporters at the 2016 TCA Summer Press Tour:
"We are very confident that everyone involved wants more 'Big Bang' past year 10 and I know Warner Bros. will make those deals. We'll put it on for as long as everyone wants 'Big Bang' on the air. I hope it lasts forever."
At this moment in time, Warner Bros. TV has refused to comment about the future of the show, and CBS themselves did not respond to request for comment about the salary cuts for Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
You can catch the tenth season of The Big Bang Theory Thursdays, 8pm on CBS.
(Sources: E News)