Strike threat looms heavy over Springfield

There's been some tough talking at Moe's bar in recent weeks as the voices behind the Simpsons have been having a set to with Fox over what they get paid.

Hollywood's Daily Variety reports that the actors have failed to show for their script readings in protest over the time its taking to sort out their contracts. The last round of negotiations in 1998 was eventually settled. Back then they were on 30,000 dollars per episode whcih seems slight compared to the 360,000 an episode they're apparently demanding now and is more than double the 125,000 they are currently earning - that's a lot of doughnuts for Homer!

If the spat drags on then there could be some delays to the next season.

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