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Big bank theory! Big Bang Theory cast demand huge pay rise

The Big Bang Theory's much-loved lead cast members have banded together to demand a pay rise from production studio Warner Bros Television.

Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco, who respectively play Sheldon, Leonard and Penny, want to get more bang for their buck, it would appear.

According to an exclusive Radar Online report, the trio "will demand salary increases to as much as half-a-million dollars per episode each" throughout the 24-episode run of the eighth season.

Currently, the actors earn $350,000 per episode each. That's $8.4 million per season, each. Yep, they're totally being underpaid, right?!

An in-the-know TV insider told Radar that they also want a percentage of the hit comedy's profits in syndication, a right they won in their last round of negotiations.

With season seven due to air on September 26 in the US, it's renegotiation time for the next season. If they don't get their way, well, the big bang might just fizzle for good.

The situation recalls the group pay rise demands negotiated by the Friends cast back in 2002, which earned each actor $1 million per episode for the final season.

"They know the critical position Big Bang holds on CBS' prime-time schedule and the only thing preventing them getting what they want would be a spectacular ratings demise this season," Radar's insider says.

"That isn't about to happen anytime soon. They'll put on a united-front during negotiations."

It's interesting to note that the leads earned a comparatively tiny $60,000 per episode during the first three seasons of Big Bang. Do they deserve to earn $500,000 each episode now that the show's a worldwide ratings winner? Tell us below.

The Big Bang Theory season seven is coming soon to the Nine Network.

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