‘The Big Bang Theory’ original cast took pay cuts to get raises for Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch

The Big Bang Theory” has turned into a big payday for supporting players Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. The two most recent additions to the cast had been making in $200,000 per episode range. Though impressive enough, these pale next to the million dollar paychecks per week cashed by the original five cast members.

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To help out their colleagues, who joined the show in season three, this quintet — Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar — took a pay cut of $100,000 each per week. Helberg and Nayyar reached that mark in their negotiations with Warner Brothers several seasons back, bringing them up to the level enjoyed by the first three for a few years now. And the studio kicked in another $100,000. Assuming this extra money is split between Bialik and Rauch, that would mean they are going to pull in $500,000 each per episode for the next two seasons.

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“The Big Bang Theory” was nominated at the Emmy Awards as Best Comedy Series from 2011-2014, and Parsons scored whopping six consecutive Best Comedy Actor Emmy bids of which he won four: 2010-2011 and 2013-2014. Bialik, who plays his girlfriend, earned four Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Supporting Actress between 2012 and 2015.

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