When reports emerged earlier this year that the five “original” stars of The Big Bang Theory had agreed to take pay cuts so Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Mayim Bialik (Amy) could get raises, our hearts melted.
However, turns out this lovely deed may not be true.
Asked about the claims by People, actress Bialik said: “I think in general, don’t believe everything you read. I’m not specifically speaking about that.
“I think in particular with things with TV and movies, there’s a lot of moving parts that are part of the business, and the corporate and the finance, and things that honestly I really kind of tell my lawyer, ‘Just wake me when it’s over’.
“What I am is, I’m a person who plays dress up for a living and I’m grateful to do that at all.”
Hmm. Well, that makes it all a bit more vague.
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It was reported by Variety in March that Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), Simon Helberg (Howard) and Kunal Nayyar (Raj) each offered to lower their salaries by $100,000 an episode so later cast members Rauch and Bialik’s deals would be more in line with theirs.
Anyway, even though Bialik hinted that this isn’t quite how the negotiations went down, she did go on to say that the cast are as tight as ever.
“I’m happy to report that we have a very cohesive cast and we all know that our strength is together,” she added. “We all really love each other, we love going to work and we’re very excited to do two more seasons.”
Awww. We never had a doubt.
The Big Bang Theory airs on CBS in the US and on E4 in the UK.
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