These Stars Could Take A Pay Cut So Their Female Castmates Can Get A Raise

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The five leading stars of The Big Bang Theory are taking a stand in the fight for wage equality.

By reportedly slashing their annual salaries by $100,000 each for the potentially forthcoming seasons 11 and 12, the CBS sitcom's stars — Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg — could help increase the salaries of Mayim Bialik and Melissa Ranch, both of whom are seeking parity in their new contracts.

"The move is evidence of the strong camaraderie among the key players on the show that remains primetime's most-watched comedy," Variety wrote.

The original five have been with the show from the start in September 2007. Bialik and Rauch came late to the series and were signed on as guest-starring roles. Still, there's a considerable difference in their salaries, with the five leading stars making $1 million to Bialik and Rauch's $200,000 for each episode, especially given the prominence of each of their characters over the last several seasons.

Now, with the leading five's reported self-imposed decrease in salary, Bialik and Rauch could make up to $450,000 per episode, or more than $21 million for a two-year, 48-episode deal. But with both seeking parity, there's no confirmation whether that will be enough.

As their deal negotiations begin, both the network and studio are optimistic in reaching an agreement while fans hold their breath in hopes for two more seasons of the hit series.

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(H/T: Variety)

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