The longest running sitcom in the history of American television might see its last days on Fox if the studio and voice over actors of “The Simpsons” characters can’t agree on a deal.
The Daily Beast reported that studio executives are insisting that the cast take a 45 percent pay cut, or beloved characters, Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa will no longer be the source of Sunday night laughter after this season ends.
This is big news for an animated television show that has raked in billions from clothes, a movie, DVD’s, video games, and of course, syndication around the world.
“The Simpsons” is currently in its 23rd season.
The report says Fox execs delivered the news on Monday after a proposal from the cast that included a 30 percent cut. The Daily Beast quoted a source who said Fox wants to cut production costs, or else.
In a statement, the studio told the publication “we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model.”
“The Simpsons” rise to fame started in 1989 with its first episode. It all started with a Christmas episode on Dec. 17, taking viewers into the life of the Simpsons family for the first time. In the episode, Homer doesn’t get a Christmas bonus and decides to become a mall Santa Claus to earn some extra cash.
Its loyal fan base has continued to tune in, making “The Simpsons” the longest running sitcom in American television. In 2007, “The Simpsons Movie” came out, and grossed over $183 million domestically. But its power isn’t contained within the states. The movie earned $343 million away from the U.S.
Some of the actors in the middle of the dispute are Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Julie Kavner (Marge), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (Lisa), Hank Azaria (Professor Frink). All except for Smith perform voices for multiple characters.