Fox says it can’t continue to produce The Simpsons under current ‘financial model’

The SimpsonsThe future of animated comedy The Simpsons could be in doubt as Fox says it can not produce further seasons ‘under its current financial model’

According to The Hollywood Reporter the future of The Simpsons could be in doubt as 20th Century Fox wants its voice cast to take a pay cut – in order for further seasons to be produce. The company feel that the current ‘financial model’ of the animated comedy make it impossible to produce further seasons.

“23 seasons in, The Simpsons is as creatively vibrant as ever and beloved by millions around the world. We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model….We are hopeful that we can reach an agreement with the voice cast that allows The Simpsons to go on entertaining audiences with original episodes for many years to come.” – Statement quoted by The Hollywood Reporter

The Daily Beast reports that Fox wants the stars of The Simpsons to take a hefty 45% pay cut! The regular voice cast of The Simpsons includes Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer. Fox have threatened to end the comedy with its current 23rd season if a deal can not be reached but it seems unlikely the cast would be prepared to take such a large pay cut.