‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast Are Overpaid, Says Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory cast are “all overpaid,” thinks a cast member of the CBS show, as reported by Digital Spy. Mayim Bialik, who plays Amy, Sheldon Cooper’s (Jim Parsons) girlfriend, on the show, claims the main actors of the show are all overpaid.

However, the actress thinks that not only are her fellow The Big Bang Theory cast members overpaid, but all actors are. Bialik also insisted that she doesn’t make as much money as people believe she does, adding that she doesn’t “think about the money a lot.”

“I am an employed actor and we are all overpaid. I am grateful to be employed. But I still need to think about what is next and I think about it a lot.”

Last year, The Big Bang Theory cast members were reported to be the highest-earning TV actors of our time. Parsons, Kaley Cuoco (who plays Penny on the CBS hit comedy), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), as well as a few of their co-stars earn about $30 million each year from their salaries and bonuses, as well as other deals.

Bialik also said that their huge salaries have nothing to do with the quality of The Big Bang Theory, adding that the CBS show has an “extraordinary cast and amazing writing staff,” and they all care “passionately” about high-quality episodes every week.

The Big Bang Theory, one of the most watched series in the world, aired its first episode on September 24, 2007, and is scheduled to run for 10 seasons.

A number of The Big Bang Theory characters have already experienced major changes in their lives this season, and it seems that Penny is the next one, according to Ecumenical News. According to spoilers, Penny will go through a crucial period in her professional life during the show’s next episode.

Over the years, Penny worked as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory to earn a living, but she always wanted to become a Hollywood actress. And while Cuoco’s The Big Bang Theory character was disappointed with her inability to land major movie roles, she gave up trying to act and started working at the pharmaceutical company of her old friend, Bernadette.

But, according to The Big Bang Theory executive producer Steve Molaro, Penny is going back to pursuing her dream of becoming an actress this season. The executive producer added that even though the character makes pretty good money at the company of her friend, she still doesn’t enjoy it.

The upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory will also introduce its fans to a new character: Leonard’s father, who is portrayed by Taxi actor Judd Hirsch. Leonard’s father, who is an anthropologist, has been mentioned in the show throughout its nine-season run, but the character has never made an onscreen appearance.

Hirsch played the role of Alex Reiger on TV show Taxi, which ran from 1978 to 1983, as well as lead roles in Dear John and Regular Joe. The 81-year-old actor received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Ordinary People.

Younger fans of The Big Bang Theory might remember Hirsch from his role as Jeff Goldblum’s dad in 1996’s Independence Day. Galecki, who plays Leonard, said at the Los Angeles television festival PaleyFest last week that he offered the Taxi actor, who’s reprising his role in the upcoming Independence Day sequel, the role of his dad on the hit comedy show during filming for NBC’s tribute to director James Burrows.

The new episode of The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursday, March 31, on CBS.

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