‘Big Bang Theory’: How Much is the Cast Making for Their Final Season?
The show ending announcement may have come in August of last year, but that still hasn’t made the ending any easier to come to terms with.
“It’s like a long, drawn-out death,” Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy Farrah Fowler on the show, told Variety. “It’s one thing to have a personal experience where a job of nine years — or 12, for some of the cast — ends, but we’ve done it very publicly.”
And no one is ready for it to come to an end.
“As Kaley [Cuoco has] said, we could do this 25 seasons, and it would still be difficult saying goodbye,” Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard, told the outlet. “There’s not going to be a time that comes when any of us are sick of it. This feels as right as it’s ever going to feel.”
But as the show comes to a close and the actors have to consider what their next jobs will be, let’s take a look at how much the cast is making for this final season.
Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch salaries.
Bialik and Rauch are supporting characters on the show. The women are reportedly each making $425,000 episode. Previously, the women were only making $175,000 per episode. This salary increase came after the five stars of the show agreed to take a $100,000 per episode pay cut in 2017.
Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg’s salaries
Before Bialik and Rauch’s salary increases in 2017, each of the main cast members was making $1 million per episode. With the small pay cut, they are each making $900,000 per episode.
The cast’s wealth
Throughout their time on the show, the cast of The Big Bang Theory have become some of the wealthiest people on television.
Between June 2017 and June 2018, Galecki earned $25 million. His costars, Helberg and Nayyar, earned $23.5 million.
For four years in a row, Parsons earned $26.5 million.
During that time period, Cuoco became the second highest paid actress on TV by earning $24.5 million.
How does the cast feel about the show ending?
While the cast is sad that the show is coming to an end, they seem to be satisfied with the way things are wrapping up.
“I’m thrilled with [Penny’s] ending, yet beginning,” Cuoco told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s beautiful. There’s not anything catastrophic, it’s just beautiful. And the characters are gonna live on in your minds and in your hearts, and I think that’s what is so special about it. It’s really touching.”
The goal of the final episodes of the show was to give each character one last time in the spotlight.
“When we found out this was going to be the last season, we sat together and started talking about the landing place,” executive producer Steve Holland told Variety. “We knew what was going to be the last piece of the finale for a long time. One of the things that was important to us, and also the most challenging, was to make sure everyone got to shine in these last episodes.”
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