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Oct072011

Report: 'The Simpsons' Will Continue, Cast Accepts Pay Cut

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Fox confirmed in a press release Friday night that it has renewed The Simpsons for what it called "an incredible 24th and 25th season, bringing the series total to an astonishing 559 episodes."

The network went on to say, "In the words of Homer Simpson, 'Woo Hoo! I outlasted Andy Rooney!'"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- Simpsons fans can breathe a sigh of relief -- it appears the show isn't going anywhere.

According to the The Hollywood Reporter, the main cast members of the Fox show are close to signing a new deal which will allow it to continue, but at a reduced salary for its stars.

Fox had initially stated that The Simpsons would have to go off the air unless the cast -- including Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Harry Shearer, Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith -- accepted 45 percent pay cuts.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast has agreed to a reduction in the $400,000 per episode that they currently earn, but it's not 45 percent.  Fox's demand would have reduced each cast member's per-episode take to $250,000 per episode.

Earlier on Friday, Harry Shearer released a statement saying that he would take a cut of as much as 70 percent in salary if he was given a piece of the show's huge "back end" profits, which include licensing, merchandising and syndication.  But this new deal reportedly does not include any such agreement.  Nancy Cartwright said in a statement on Friday that she wanted to see the show continue, stating, "The Simpsons is a remarkable chronicle of our times.  I've wanted to do this since I was 16!  And I want to keep doing it until I am 86!  Long live the Simpsons!"

The Simpsons is currently TV's longest-running entertainment show.

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