The Simpsons face the end as cast and Fox network argue over pay cuts

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

October 5, 2011 | 1 min read

The longest running cartoon series in history, The Simpsons, could be coming to an end after owner 20th Century Fox admitted that it may drop the show after it struggled to renegotiate new contracts with the voice artists.

The network has admitted that it may finish production at the end of the current series, after the actors Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright and Yeardley Smith, were told to take a 45% pay cut which would reportedly see them paid $4m each.

It is understood that the case has proposed a 30% pay cut in return for some of the show’s profits from global syndication.

The series has run since 1989, and is now in its 23rd season.

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