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Fans of The Simpsons may have reason to worry as talk of the show’s cancellation sparked this week. The Simpsons has been aired since 1989 and has broadcasted more than 500 episodes worldwide.
Approximately a week ago, FOX decided to apply an enormous salary reduction of The Simpson’s key dubbing staff. The sector’s employees were outraged by the proposed pay cut which would lessen their pay by 50 percent.
This mean a reduction from 400 thousand dollars to 250 thousand dollars a year for the crucial staff members including Dan Castellaneta, the voice of Homer, Julie Kavner, the voice of Marge, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart, Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa, Hank Azaria, the voice of Chief Wiggum, Moe and Apu and Harry Shearer, the voice behind the characters Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner and Kent Brockman.
FOX defended their plans for salary cuts. According to the Network, their aim is to cute off 30 percent of the total costs associated production of the show. Fox also gave a clear warning of their intended salary cuts prior to them making the official announcement.
“We believe that this brilliant show can and must continue but we can not produce the next seasons under this [current] financial model,” the Network said.
After 24 seasons, the conclusion of The Simpsons is a very real possibility. However, negotiations between FOX and The Simpson’s dubbing staff have resulted in the agreement to produce two more seasons to our favorite TV show.“Negotiations are like a baseball game: You never know how it’s going to turn out” (…) “I thought it could be [the end], because everything comes to an end at some point.
And I’ve always felt that whenever the end comes, it’ll be for economic reasons,” Al Jean, one of The Simpson’s executive producers, said. Jean said that he is grateful that the show will continue for at least two more seasons which will be the 24th and 25th season of the show. Jean added that he hopes the show will reach its 30th season.
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