‘The Simpsons’ Faces Cancellation Over Voice Actors’ Salary

| by Michael Allen

The longest-running sitcom in the history of TV, 'The Simpsons,' may end this spring after its 23rd season because of a salary dispute between the show’s voice actors and the Fox TV network, according to The Daily Beast.

Fox has asked the six main voice actors to take a whopping 45 percent pay cut. They refused and proposed a 30 percent pay cut, plus a small percentage of the show’s back-end profits from merchandise and syndication, which Fox turned down.

Currently, the voice actors - including Dan Castelleneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Yeardley Smith (Lisa) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart) - earn about $8 million apiece for 22 weeks of work per season.

An insider from the show told the DailyBeast.com: “Fox is taking the position that unless they can cut the production costs really drastically, they’ll pull the plug on new shows. The show has made billions in profits over the years and will continue to do so as far as the eye can see down the road. The actors are willing to take a pay cut of roughly a third, but that’s not good enough for Fox.”