This news started floating around on Friday, and it is going to be pretty bad if it’s the case, but when (and if) Futurama returns to the airwaves, it may not features the voices we’ve grown to love over the years.Â Why?Â Money, pure and simple.Â Contract negotiations between Billy West, Katey Sagal, John DiMaggio, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille and the studio have broken down causing the cast to find themselves out of jobs.Â 20th Century Fox wants to pay the actors only $75,000 per episode, while the cast believes they deserve more.
As a result, 20th has put out a casting call to find replacement voice actors for the show. According to insiders, a deal could eventually be struck that brings the original voice actors back — but for now, the studio said it’s serious about finding replacements.
This isn’t the first time Billy West has been involved in contract disputes over money – his publicized exit from the Howard Stern show was also over money.
That being said, everything is still up in the air.Â Often news like this is sent around the press and the Intardwebz to judge the reaction to these kind of changes or to stir up fans into forcing the studio’s hand.Â It’s really touchy trying to do something like this as it could backfire ala Terrance Howard’s removal from Iron Man.
I’ll let your fan outrage bubble to the surface…now.