It looks like The Big Bang Theory season 10 original cast members will rally behind their female co-stars to keep them in the show.
Reports indicated that Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard), and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) are all willing to take a pay cut. This is to give Mayim Bialik (Amy) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) a salary increase.
The stars of the CBS hit comedy are still in salary negotiations. All of their contracts are due to expire when season 10 ends. Currently, Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco enjoy a $1 million per episode salary. Helberg and Nayyar, on the other hand, are in the range of $750,000.
Both Bialik and Rauch joined the show in the third season of TBBT. They negotiate their salary separately and have much lower pay than the other cast members who have been with the series since it premiered in 2007. The two are currently in the $200,000 per episode range.
According to Variety, reps for Bialik and Rauch are pressing Warner Bros. for parity in the actresses’ salaries. The Big Bang Theory season 10 original cast reportedly agreed to each take a $100,000 cut in their salary, so their two female co-stars’ salary would be near $450,000 an episode.
Apparently, the deal is for seasons 11 and 12. If the new deals are signed, this would mean Rauch and Bialik could make more than $21 million for the two-year contract. Will the efforts of The Big Bang Theory season 10 original cast pay off?
Both Bialik and Rauch have been a vital part of the show through the years. Rauch’s character provided more laughter to the mix. She married Howard and had a baby earlier this season.
Amy, on the other hand, became Sheldon’s girlfriend. Their romance brought so much fun to the show and it is expected that they will bring their relationship to the next level by the end of this season. Bialik had won an Emmy award for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for her role in TBBT and had been consecutively nominated for the category from 2012 to 2015.
What’s Next on Big Bang Theory Season 10
The show is currently on a brief hiatus and expected to return on March 9. In the upcoming episode, Penny might finally admit to her husband that she is not happy with her job as a pharmaceutical rep. Raj may also find another job to make ends meet.
In the previous episode, Raj decided to be financially independent and not accept support from his parents. He tried several jobs and even worked for Stuart to make extra money. He also tried to sell his collectibles.
Howard and Bernadette offered to pay Raj for babysitting Halley but he rejected the money. He also declined the couple’s generosity to finance his trip to Comic-Con. Raj found a financial manager – Sheldon, who advised him to skip Comic-Con and save money instead.
The Big Bang Theory season 10 airs every Thursday at 8 p.m. in CBS. Stay tuned for more updates on the show’s future seasons.
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