Three stars of CBS' hit sitcom "The Big Bang Theory" won't have to worry about getting day jobs ever again.
Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco are set to earn $1 million per episode under a deal signed Sunday and reported by Deadline.com. Their new three-year contracts also give them signing bonuses, production deals and other perks that could net each $90 to $100 million over the next few years.
The three previously earned $350,000 per episode. Their new per-episode rate puts them in the salary stratosphere of the stars of "Friends" in that show's final season.
A contract impasse had delayed production on "Big Bang's" eighth season, which is set to kick off Sept. 22. The show is the No. 1 rated comedy series on TV, with more than 20 million viewers per week. The stars' new contracts suggest the show could extend to 11 seasons. Co-stars Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik renegotiated their contracts for Season 8 last fall, and Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are said to be close to finalizing their contracts, according to Deadline.com
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