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Kriss4


e83talus
Jan 23 2009, 09:26 AM
Kriss4
Jan 22 2009, 11:38 PM
I'm not happy that Drake and Deidre were released, but if they were making 1.3 million per episode, that would be a huge drain on a financially troubled show. Is that figure correct or did I read it wrong? Maybe I did. And is that each of them, or just Deidre? Or a combined total?

Stephen and Mary Beth are not as highly paid as that...They couldn't be, and considering how long they were gone, S/K do have a good size fanbase. I mean, it's actually pretty remarkable when you consider that the characters were gone for 16 years.


e83talus
 

1.3 a year, not per episode.
Susan Lucci reportedly makes around this same figure if not a little more. This would match most vets of their stature like Susan Lucci, Eric Braeden, Erika Slezak, Melody Thomas Scott, etc.

Newbies make around $250,000 per year. Mary Beth and Stephen are likely in the middle somewhere at around $500K or $600K. The comparisons of MB and SN salaries to the DH's are not fair as one who is at a job longterm receives increases in salary annually based upon their experience and stature at that show, while people who take breaks in acting gigs are not really steadily moving up in the salary ranks.



Kriss4
 


Thanks! I thought it was exhorbitant and if they made that much, I could definitely see why TPTB would think they had to cut them loose right now, with things as they are financially.

1.3 million is still a lot of money, though.

I'm not saying that Drake and Deidre haven't put in their time on Days because I know they have...and it's not even about whether they deserve that salary or not (though we could engage in a spirited debate over the salary of an entertainer v. doctors, policemen, firemen, or even good teachers). Drake and Deidre should be paid the going rate of a 20+/30+ year soap vet/headliner. But the show can't afford that salary...None of the shows can at this point.

Thing is, Drake and Deidre weren't even given the OPTION of taking a pay cut. TPTB should have made them an offer. If Drake and Deidre had opted not to take it, okay. That would have been their choice and whatever choice they'd made would have been supported by their fans.

But for them not to be given a choice was wrong.



Edited by Kriss4, Jan 23 2009, 08:59 PM.
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