CBS’ popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory began its final season last month but the series’ main stars look to be receiving a lofty exit salary.
The earnings of several high-profile television actors has been released and the four main stars of the CBS series occupy the top spots as the highest earning actors on television today.
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For the fourth year in a row, Jim Parsons is the highest paid actor on television earning $26.5 million this past year; his impressive salary augmented by endorsements and executive producing the spinoff series Young Sheldon. C0-star Johnny Galecki comes in at second place at $25 million while Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar are tied at the third spot at $23.5 million each. The top figures come in even after all four actors lowered their salaries to $900,000 an episode to increase the salaries for co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch.
Also making the top ten list for the very first time is outgoing The Walking Dead star Andrew Lincoln who earned $11 million this past year. With co-star Norman Reedus reportedly negotiating a pay raise of his own, there’s a good chance he could crack the top ten himself for the first time.
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Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, and Melissa Rauch, The Big Bang Theory airs on Thursday nights on CBS.