Three stars of The Big Bang theory just saw their bank accounts go supernova! Deadline reports that Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, and Johnny Galecki have all signed three-year contracts that will net each of them $90 million dollars.
How on earth will they earn such an out-of-this-world salary? They'll receive a reported $1 million per episode for Seasons 8 through 10, so that means $72 million for 72 episodes. But then they'll also rake in cash from signing bonuses, production deals, and back-end advance — which will have them approaching the nine-digit mark.
They had been earning $350,000 an episode, but since their contracts expired at the end of last season, they weren't obligated to return back to work to start on Season 8.
And they used that fact to their advantage, compelling Warner Bros. into giving them substantial pay raises to get them back on set — so that the studio could produce new episodes of the hugely profitable sitcom.
Meanwhile, the trio's castmates Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg are still hashing out their contracts. The two actors currently earn $100,000 per episode and will assuredly get big raises, as well. The other two series regulars, Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik, renegotiated their contracts last year.
This round of contract negotiations has delayed production on Season 8 by one week, but the show is still expected to premiere on September 22 on CBS.
In the meantime, we wouldn't be surprised if Jim, Kaley, and Johnny are discussing which small countries to buy with this incredible windfall.