The Big Bang Theory Makes Highest Paid Television Stars
You know the old saying good things come to those who wait? Well, that turned out to be super true for the cast of hit show The Big Bang Theory. The stars of the show were at a standstill this summer, refusing to begin the upcoming season without contract renegotiations. The outcome has made the main three cast members some of the highest paid stars on television! Much like the cast of Friends during its final season, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are officially earning $1 million per episode.They signed a three year contract sealing the deal.
With all the bells and whistles, the three main stars Sheldon, Penny and Leonard are estimated to acquire around $90 million for three years. The second tier stars of the show, Simon Helburg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) tried to achieve the same salaries but were shot down. Still, they ended their negotiations at a comfy 70 million dollar 3-year contract. Meanwhile, the other ladies of the show, Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler) and Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) will continue with their contract renegotiations from last year. They make about $100,000 per episode. Not too shabby by any means. They still deserve their spot on The Life Elite!
Are you wondering why people are making such a big deal about this news? Here are some facts that shed some light on it all.
-Without commercials, each episode only runs about 22 minutes.
-Did you whip out your smart phone’s calculator? That’s around $46,000 per minute for Parsons, Cuoco and Galecki.
-In 2013, the yearly income in America was $48,872—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the average, which means they’re making more per minute than most people make in a year!
What do you think? Are their contracts outrageous or appropriate for the industry and popularity of the show?