The original stars of Big Bang Theory have reportedly taken pay cuts to give Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik raises. Very cool.
Variety says Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, who earn around $1 million per episode, have agreed to reduce their salaries by $100,000 an episode for the next two seasons. That extra half million will be divided between Bialik and Rauch, who are still negotiating new contracts. That would take them from around $200,000 an episode to about $450,000.
Both actresses joined the CBS series in season three.