"Simpsons" creator opens a can of worms over salaries

“Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean said that an upcoming episode of the show features Mark Cuban and Jeff Bezos playing themselves with what’s probably the richest supporting cast in the history of television.

“Other than the ‘The Simpsons’ cast,” interjected “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening.

Whoops. It was obviously a joke, but it did open a can of worms about the latest contract negotiations. Those ended with the cast members getting a bump to a reported $400,000 per episode.

Asked a follow-up question about those salaries, Groening retored, “You’re just causing trouble.”

“Everybody works really hard,” he said. “And people need to be compensated, and I’m happy for ‘The Simpsons’ . . . They’re fantastic, and I want them to be as rich and unhappy as anyone in Hollywood.”

What do you think? Are the voice actors worth $400,000 per episode?

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