Remember when we said that Fox was asking the cast of The Simpsons to slash their salaries to keep the longest running TV scripted show in the history of the medium running? It seems like even that won't be enough.
When last we checked in with SimpsonsGate, Fox claimed they "cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model," given that each member of the main cast was making a reported $400,000 per episode.
Since then, the actors have offered to cut their salaries—not by the 45 percent that Fox wanted, but more like by 30 percent, with a bigger taste of the backend (which is made up of all the assorted merchandising, DVD sales and streaming profits)—and the producers have also reduced their own take-home pay in an effort to keep The Simpsons going. But the studio needs it to be cheaper still and even that would be for just one final season.
According to "an executive close to the show":
"The cuts proposed to actors are in line with cuts proposed to others involved in the show. The object here is not for the actors to pay personally for the reduction. ... The cost is that the cast is a component of the show, all of which is being downsized to do a final season."
A study commissioned by the actors has found that Fox has already made $1 billion in profits from The Simpsons and will clear something like $2.9 billion when all is said and done.