The five stars who have been on The Big Bang Theory since season one have agreed to take pay cuts for the upcoming seasons so that two of their female co-stars can get raises, according to a report from Variety.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg currently earn $1 million per episode, compared to Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch who joined the show in season three. They both have significant roles on the show, but currently earn $200,000 per episode.
According to Variety‘s report, multiple sources have said that the original cast members have agreed to making $100,000 less each per episode to give Bialik and Rauch $500,000 raises extra, which would bring each actress’s pay up to $450,000 per episode.
Deadline previously reported that the actresses are seeking parity, which of course this arrangement is not. But, it would be a start.
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