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Old 06-Oct-2011
Simpsons: the end is nigh?

In its 23rd year on TV, The Simpsons could be on the endangered species list.

The show's producer said on Tuesday the show can't continue under its current financial model, following a report that big pay cuts are being sought for the actors who provide voices for Homer, Marge and Bart Simpson and other characters.

"We believe this brilliant series can and should continue, but we cannot produce future seasons under its current financial model," said Chris Alexander, spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television.

The Fox network reportedly loses money each year on new episodes, even as all the old episodes run in perpetuity in reruns and are a cash cow for producers and creators.

The Daily Beast reported that producers are demanding a 45 per cent pay cut from the six voice actors.

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