The Big Bang Theory Main Cast Might Take a Pay Cut to Get Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch a Raise

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Give them raises! Photo: Monty Brinton/CBS

Say what you will about these nerds: They can do the math. The Big Bang Theory is up for a two-season renewal, which would bring its run to a possible 12th season. It’s great news for the show’s five main cast members, who now each make a hefty $1 million per episode. But while Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Kunal Nayyar, and Simon Helberg will all continue to rake in those near-Friends-level paychecks, Variety reports they have allegedly agreed to take a pay cut of $100,000 per person to give co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch a raise. Bialik and Rauch have been on the show for the last seven seasons, and both make approximately $200,000 an episode. While contracts have not been finalized, the increase would bump their episodic payments up to $450,000 each, an investment in both gender parity and having the most chill, supportive co-workers in the world.

Big Bang Theory Cast Might Cut Pay to Give Co-stars Raises