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Posted at 08:42 PM ET, 10/07/2011

‘THE SIMPSONS’: Show renewed for 2 seasons after cast ends salary impasse

As the voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta can let out at least a muted “Woo-hoo!”

You can’t spell “Montgomery” without M-O-N-E-Y. (THE SIMPSONS / Montgomery Burns)
TV’s longest-running scripted show ever has just reached a deal that will run through the next two seasons, bringing the legendary animated show to 25 seasons and 559 episodes, Fox Television said in a statement.

Fox TV and the six lead voice-over actors on “The Simpsons” have agreed to salary terms for two more seasons, Fox announced. The terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday night.

Fox suits and the six actors — including Julie Kavner, Harry Shearer and Hank Azaria — had reached a standoff over salaries, with Fox reportedly wanting the lead actors of the billion-dollar animated franchise to take a 45 percent pay cut in in their $8-million annual salaries. The actors offered to take a 30 percent pay cut, in return for receiving a share of the back end: global world-wide licensing, syndication and merchandising. The Daily Beast first reported Tuesday of the labor impasse.

Fox had reportedly set a Friday deadline to reach the agreement.

Earlier Friday, Shearer said he proposed to Fox that the actors get a share of the back-end revenue, but that “there were, the Fox people said, simply no circumstances under which the network would consider allowing me or any of the actors to share in the show’s success.”

On its Facebook page, Fox wrote: “In the words of Homer Simpson, ’Woo Hoo!’ I outlasted Andy Rooney!" 

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