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Is This It for The Simpsons?

I will not cancel this show after 23 years. I will not cancel this show after 23 years ...

Fox is threatening to end The Simpsons after this season if the show's voice actors don't agree to a 45 percent pay cut, which, believe it or not, they're not willing to do. According to the Daily Beast, Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, and Harry Shearer offered to take a perfectly cromulent 30 percent cut in exchange for "a tiny percentage of the show’s huge back-end profits," but Fox declined. While this is the first time straight-up cancellation has been on the table, salary and contract disputes are nothing new for Fox and The Simpsons. Though at this point, is anything new for The Simpsons? Maggie spoke her first words nineteen years ago, the monorail song is eighteen years old, and Homer learned about the Stonecutters sixteen years ago. The Simpsons has been on for a really, really long time. [Daily Beast]

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