The Big Bang Theory contract fight has ended in out-of-this-world new contracts for the show's biggest stars, including Houston's own Jim Parsons.
Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki and Parsons each landed close to the $1 million per episode they sought, according to Hollywood sources — a substantial raise from their previous $350,000 per episode deals. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar also requested significant raises for starring in the half-hour show, but are still in negotiations.
A similar situation occurred more than 12 years ago when the cast of Friends threatened to quit before the ninth season if their salary demands were unmet. Ultimately, the Friends cast secured the salaries they requested: A cool million per episode, just like the stars of The Big Bang Theory.
With The Big Bang Theory generating an estimated $2 billion each year and approximately 20 million viewers a week, it's no surprise that Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco's demands have been met as CBS couldn't afford to lose the biggest stars on television's No. 1 comedy series, no matter how steep their requested salaries.
The show has officially been renewed through Season 10 and production on Season Eight will likely resume Wednesday following a one-week delay due to the contract impasse.