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The Big Bang Theory is coming to an end.
Warner Bros. Television and CBS announced Wednesday that the series will end its run in May 2019. The Emmy-winning show, which debuted in 2007, will conclude at the end of the upcoming season 12. As the stars prepares to bid their emotional farewell to the show that made them household names, we’re looking back at some of the beloved comedy’s behind-the-scenes secrets.
The sitcom snagged a spot in the television record books in 2014 when the show’s five original stars — Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar — landed the elusive $1 million-per-episode paycheck, similarly rewarded to the cast of Friends in its final season.
The raise was a substantial jump from the reported $300,000-plus an episode the actors had been earning, easily landing them among the highest paid actors on TV.
Spread the Wealth
But two stars who joined the cast later, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, didn’t make quite as much — $200,000 per episode. In 2017, in the midst of contract renegotiations for the show’s 11th and 12th seasons, the original five reportedly took a voluntary pay cut so their costars could get a raise.
What Could Have Been
As it turns out, Macaulay Culkin was almost one of TV’s biggest stars. Earlier this month, Culkin revealed that he was approached to star in The Big Bang Theory but turned it down — three times.
“They pursued me for The Big Bang Theory,” the Home Alone actor, 37, said on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “And I said no. It was kind of like, the way the pitch was, ‘All right, these two astrophysicist nerds and a pretty girl lives with them. Yoinks!’ That was the pitch. And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool, thanks.’ And then they came back at me again, and I said, ‘No, no, no. Again, flattered, but no.’ Then they came back at me again, and even my manager was like twisting my arm.”
“I’d have hundreds of millions of dollars right now if I did that gig,” he added. “At the same time, I’d be bashing my head against the wall.”