It’s the beginning of the end for “The Simpsons”! After 23 seasons, FOX’s hit show will most likely be canceled since the salary negotiations with the six core actors who voice the iconic Simpson characters have reached an impasse.
“Twenty-three seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world,” a rep for 20th Century Fox said in a statement to E! News.
“We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model. We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows The Simpsons to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come.”
The executive producers of the show want to continue, but expenses have to be cut, starting with a 45% cut on talent salaries. The main cast, Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria, who reportedly earn $8 million a year, have been looking to get even more money, which include a cut from the proceeds of the show’s merchandise.
On the other hand, the creator Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, who are responsible for the huge success of the Emmy-winning sitcom and longest-running scripted show of all-time, already have very lucrative deals, including syndication deals.