"The Big Bang Theory" five original stars are asking for more money for their roles on the hit CBS series. Deadline reports that Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are seeking for big pay raises after Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch got major salary bumps.
Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are reportedly negotiating in a group seeking equal pay, while Helberg and Nayyar are in another group. Lead actors Galecki, Parsons and Cuoco, who are now making $350,000 an episode, are expected to get at least $500,000 per episode after the salary negotiations and to sign on for another two seasons.
Newer cast members Bialik and Rauch have earlier got huge salary bumps that double their previous per episode take from $20K-$30K range to around $60,000 per episode and signed on for another year. They are expected to make nearly $100,000 an episode by the end of their contracts.
Back in 2010, the five original cast members had significant pay raises after contract renegotiations, which became big news. Galecki was apparently uncomfortable that such issue was made public, saying in 2012, "I don't even understand why the Internet has made it possible to reveal contract information. We didn't sign off on that being made public. It seems tasteless, which is maybe very Midwestern of me, but I just don't understand."