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  Simpsons stars agree big pay rise
Updated 01 May 2004, 15.51
The stars behind the Simpsons are being paid more money
Simpsons fans can look forward to loads more episodes of their fave show after the voice stars agreed a new pay deal.

The people who make the famous family talk stopped working because they didn't think they were earning enough.

There were worries that the current series of the show might be shorter than usual, but the programme's makers are sure they'll still get 22 episodes.

The show has made more than $1bn for its makers Fox, and the stars wanted a bit more of that money.

The voice actors were arguing that they were as important to the show as the actors on Friends, but were being paid much less money per episode.

They were paid around 70,000 an episode and were hoping for as much as 200,000 an episode.

It's not been revealed how much the actors and Fox agreed, but the deal is expected to keep the show on TV for a number of years.

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