The Simpsons, one of American television programs which run longer duration and a popular export throughout the world, which could end after its forthcoming 23rd season except the voice cast agreed to a 45% pay cut.
The principal cast members are believed to earn about $ 8 million (5 million pounds) per season. The show has recently been averaging about 7-8m viewers per episode, which is very healthy, but it represents a small decrease in the number five years ago. The show makes large amount of money around the world, but apparently the current economic model implies that Fox can no longer pay the voice cast as higher wages.
It's apparently not only the voice of cast members which are asked to accept a pay cut. Members of the production team are reportedly also in negotiations on wages to continue the show beyond the current United States television season of year 2011-12.
While some fans may wonder why Fox would have to reduce the costs of a very popular show, it is likely that others wonder if the time comes when The Simpsons is ready to be put to pasture. After 23 years and 500 episodes, perhaps one of the bulwarks of American television landscape may be ready to go out in style rather than over dribble.