Big Bang Theory Stars Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Johnny Galecki to Make $1 Million Per Episode
Holy majoli! The three central stars of CBS' smash series The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, and Kaley Cuoco, have signed plush new three-year contracts, according to Deadline. Under the terms, each star will get $1 million per half-hour episode for the 72 remaining episodes expected from Seasons 8 through 10.
The winning agreement will keep Cuoco, Galecki, and Parsons on the show through the 2016 to 2017 seasons. The latest salary upgrade triples that of what each star is currently making per episode: $325,000. The three will also receive additional perks like talent deals and an increased ownership stake on the show, which according to Deadline, has quadrupled.
When totaled, Cuoco, Galecki, and Parsons are each expected to make at least $90 million, which could potentially reach upwards of $100 million with potential syndication in play.
As previously confirmed by Us Weekly, production for the show's eighth season was delayed due to ongoing contract negotiations between Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco. The show's other two actresses, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, already negotiated their contracts last fall ahead of season 8.
While their salaries have been settled, two cast members are still up for negotiation talks. Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, both original stars on the show, are also seeking to raise their per-episode fees, which is currently at $100,000.
The latest salary agreement mirrors that of what the cast members of NBC's smash sitcom, Friends, received on the show's final two seasons. From 2003 to 2004, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry were each paid $1 million per episode. The agreement made Aniston, Cox, and Kudrow the highest-paid TV actresses of all time.