Phew! TV's biggest comedy will bang on. Warner Bros. TV has finalized deals with the two remaining cast members of The Big Bang Theory, and production on the sitcom's eighth season will proceed Wednesday, August 6.
Yes, that means the ink is finally dry on the contracts of Kunal Nayyar and Simon Helberg, who play Raj and Howard, respectively. Details on the actors' new terms weren't made available, but Variety says the pair, who support main stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, and Kaley Cuoco, will earn something in the range of $500,000 per episode.
That's up from the $100,000 they reportedly earned before; however, it's still a lot less than the $1 million per episode that Parsons, Galecki, and Cuoco will earn. The three stars' lengthy contract holdouts ended Monday.
Nayyar and Helberg apparently requested deals similar to those of their co-stars, but the studio refused to cave and allegedly threatened to write both Raj and Howard out of the show if the actors did not accept the terms they were offered on Tuesday. Nayyar and Helberg's fellow supporting cast members Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik renegotiated their contracts last fall, leaving them as the only two actors without new agreements in place.
Season 8 was initially supposed to begin production on July 30. However, the lost time will not affect the show's 24-episode order for Season 8, which is still set to premiere on Monday, September 22 at 8pm on CBS.
Do you think Nayyar and Helberg deserve to earn as much as their co-stars?