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Simpsons on Verge of Being Cancelled?


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The future of long-running animated television comedy "The Simpsons" appeared to be up in the air on Tuesday after 20th Century Fox Television said it could not continue to afford producing the show under its current business model.


"We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model," Fox said.



"We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows 'The Simpsons' to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come," the statement added.


"The Simpsons" is the longest-running comedy series on U.S. television and is currently in its 23rd season on Fox. The show also generates billions of dollars through global syndication, as well as DVD and merchandise sales.


The Fox statement followed a report on news website The Daily Beast that the six principal voice cast members -- including the voices for Homer (Dan Castellaneta), Marge (Julie Kavner), Bart (Nancy Cartwright) and Lisa (Yeardley Smith) -- were having difficulty negotiating their contracts that currently see them earning around $8 million each per season.


The Daily Beast, quoting an unnamed insider, said Fox had threatened to end the series if the cast refused to accept a 45 percent pay cut.




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My first thought was that its been over 20 years, so enough is enough. I personally have not watched a Simpsons episode since the early 90s, maybe 1992.


But this is not about that, its about money.

So they're telling us that FOX (Twentieth century Fox) owned by Newscorp, the single richest media company in the world hands down can't afford to pay its employees? They have to take a 45%

cut?? Doesn't make sense, at all.

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