According to The Daily Beast, The Simpsons’ record-breaking 23 season run may soon be coming to an end. The reasons seem kinda asshole-ish on Fox’s part:
For the first time in nearly a quarter century of haggling, the executives have insisted that if the cast doesn’t accept a draconian 45 percent pay cut,The Simpsons will die an abrupt death as a first-run series.
The show is a massive cash cow. With syndication worldwide, a massive variety of merchandise, comic books and even theme park attractions across America, Fox certainly aren’t strapped for cash. Despite falling ratings, the show is insanely popular, and it seems bizarre that Fox are even contemplating it’s cancellation.
But despite all this, it’s hard to have sympathy for it’s oncoming demise. Firstly, the voice actors are on millions every year, and even with this pay cut would annually receive over $4 million for roughly 22 week’s work. You can argue, maybe even rightly, that they’ve contributed enough to the show, and have certainly helped mould the characters into faces recognised worldwide. Therefore, they deserve a cut of the show’s worldwide revenue. But more importantly, I won’t shed a tear when it finally finishes because, quite frankly, The Simpsons has outlived it’s welcome. It’s just not funny any more, and hasn’t been for years.