Email RSS Feed Twitter Feed See these? American donuts. Glazed, powdered, and raspberry-filled. Now, how’s that for freedom of choice?Homer

Simpsons Stars On Strike

Simpsons News — Posted 02 Apr, 2004 by Scott

D’oh! Homer Simpson and the rest of the mustard-colored citizens of Springfield are on strike.

The actors who do the talking for Homer, Bart and the rest of the cartoon stars of the long-running Fox television show ”The Simpsons” are keeping their mouths shut until producers pay them more money, a source familiar with the situation said Thursday.

A source confirmed a report in Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety that each of the six cast members was demanding a a salary of $360,000 per episode, or nearly $8 million for a 22-episode season. Each actor currently is paid $125,000 per episode, the source said.

The last “Simpsons” work dispute arose in 1998, when the actors were making $30,000 per episode. At that time, the show’s producer hired casting directors in five cities to replace most of them before both sides worked out a new deal and resumed production.

“The Simpsons” currently averages about 12.5 million viewers a week on Sunday nights, down from its peak ratings several years ago, but it remains a critical favorite and worldwide pop culture phenomenon seen in dozens of countries. It also is a cash cow for 20th Century Fox TV for the handsome revenues it generates in U.S. syndication. Read it all Here.

The six “Simpsons” cast members banding together to force a settlement of their contract renewal talks are Dan Castellaneta (Homer), Nancy Cartwright (Bart), Yeardley Smith (sister Lisa), Julie Kavner (family matriarch Marge), Hank Azaria (bartender Moe and Apu the convenience store clerk) and Harry Shearer (Homer’s tyrannical boss, Mr. Burns and Bible-toting neighbor Ned Flanders).

Latest news

Hollywood Reporter Simpsons 500 Episode Cover
04 Mar, 2012 • Simpsons News

Ralph Wiggum Gets His Own Comic
16 Feb, 2012 • Simpsons News

Garrett Popcorn Releases 500th Episode Special Tin
16 Feb, 2012 • Simpsons News

Matt Groening Get Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
16 Feb, 2012 • Simpsons News

Jeremy Scott x Simpsons Collaboration
16 Feb, 2012 • Simpsons News

Matt Groening Figure for 500th Episode Celebration
16 Feb, 2012 • Simpsons News

Season 14 DVD Out Now
16 Feb, 2012 • Simpsons News

Simpsons Movie NOT Suitable for Children
12 Jan, 2011 • Simpsons News

Artists Banksy Does Controversial Opening Sequence
12 Oct, 2010 • Simpsons News

Artist writes out all of Bart's blackboard gags!
26 May, 2010 • Simpsons News

Season 13 DVD details and cover art
05 May, 2010 • Simpsons News

BREAKING: Seth MacFarlane to take over The Simpsons
01 Apr, 2010 • Simpsons News

Cast of Glee to appear in The Simpsons
08 Mar, 2010 • Simpsons News

Coca-Cola Superbowl ad in full
09 Feb, 2010 • Simpsons News

Ullman Shorts page redesigned
04 Feb, 2010 • Website Updates

Coca-Cola to run Simpsons advert during Superbowl
28 Jan, 2010 • Simpsons News

Upcoming episodes and a promo card
25 Jan, 2010 • Simpsons News

Season 20 DVD released, lacks special features
16 Jan, 2010 • Simpsons News

Simpsons documentary airs tomorrow
09 Jan, 2010 • Simpsons News

Vatican gives blessing to The Simpsons
29 Dec, 2009 • Simpsons News