This is awesome!
According to a new report, the five main cast members on The Big Bang Theory are all taking pay cuts in their new CBS contracts to give co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch raises.
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Multiple sources recently revealed to Variety that Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg will each decrease their salaries by $100,000 for Seasons 11 and 12 of the hit show to free up $500,000 for Mayim, 41, and Melissa, 36.
Melissa (left) and Mayim (right) on Big Bang in 2012. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
If their new contracts come to fruition, Mayim (who plays neuroscientist Dr. Amy Fowler) and Melissa (who portrays microbiologist Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz) will each earn roughly $450,000 per Big Bang Theory episode going forward. That would add up to a $21 million total salary for 48 shows over the next two years for the actresses. They were previously earning about $200,000 per episode.
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The two stars joined the long-running CBS comedy for Season 3 in 2009. The five original cast members — Jim, 43, Johnny, 41, Kaley, 31, Kunal, 35, and Simon, 36 — have all appeared on Big Bang since Season 1, which premiered in September 2007.
Kunal, Mayim, Jim, Melissa, Simon, Johnny and Kaley in 2015. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Recent reports have stated Jim (Dr. Sheldon Cooper), Johnny (Dr. Leonard Hofstadter), Kaley (Penny Hofstadter), Kunal (Dr. Raj Koothrappali), and Simon (Howard Wolowitz) are all each currently paid a whopping $1 million per Big Bang episode. Final negotiations on Mayim and Melissa's updated CBS contracts reportedly began earlier this week.
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Late last year, Melissa's character, Bernadette, and Simon's character, Howard — who are married on the show! — made headlines for welcoming the first Big Bang Theory baby. In the adorable episode, which aired on Thursday, Dec. 15, Mr. and Mrs. Wolowitz revealed their little girl's cute, science-themed name — Halley Wolowitz, after Halley's Comet. So sweet!
The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.
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