Is "The Big Bang Theory" on its last legs as cast feuds and salary disputes threaten to tear the show apart? That's the claim in one of this week's tabloids. Gossip Cop, however, can exclusively debunk the alleged behind-the-scenes drama.
According to Star, one of the main points of contention is that Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki are resentful of Jim Parsons being the highest-paid actor on TV with an annual salary of $27.5 million. A supposed "source" tells the magazine his co-stars are "jealous as hell" and "silently simmering" over his success. However, this is completely inaccurate.
Cuoco and Galecki make the same exact salary as their co-star, which is $1 million per episode. The actor's marginally higher yearly income is thanks to an endorsement deal with Intel and some other side projects. Still, the supposed insider adds, "Jim is the leading man on 'Big Bang.' Johnny will always be second fiddle and his ego can't take it. It's no secret Kaley thinks of herself as the big draw on the show. It's really put a chill on her relationship with her co-stars."
The outlet's seemingly phony source continues, "Everyone's moving in different directions these days. It's no longer a tight-knit group. Jealousy and greed have truly gotten the better of everyone. 'The Big Bang Theory' may just go out with a whimper." Unfortunately, Star's sister outlet, RadarOnline, is also spreading this bogus narrative.
But Gossip Cop checked in with a CBS insider, who dismissed all of the claims made by the tabloid. A rep for Galecki also assures us the magazine's account of events is "totally untrue," adding, "The cast is super tight and do not fight over money or anything else." In fact, the show's five main stars took pay cuts earlier this year so that co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch could get better deals.
It should be noted, "The Big Bang Theory" may be coming to an end soon, but it's not because of any issues among the cast. Galecki told reporters at the Television Critics Association earlier this week that the CBS sitcom will likely wrap up after season 12, but he also made a point of noting that he and his castmates are "all going to be very sad when that day comes."
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.