Exclusive: CBS to its stars -- no raise for you!

Okay, now you know the recession is bad when the cast of CSI: Miami has to start clipping coupons. Read the full post.


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  • Beverley

    If any of these actors had to get by on $50,000 a year to pay for a mortgage and put food on the table for a family of five, instead of $50,000 or more for ONE WEEK of work, then they wouldn’t complain that they don’t get enough. They can all KISS MY ASS!

  • Lark3

    Something smells fishy to me. At my last job our “prez” had just laid off over 50% of our company, asked the remaining to take a 15% pay cut just to stay. (No Executives had to take the cut). The next week he laid the remainder of us off and gave us severence at the lower rate! So a freeze is NOTHING in the real world!

  • dan

    Is Les Moonves, the grossly overpaid CEO of CBS still getting a bonus? I’m guessing so.

  • Victor

    Its tough for everyone…Something tells me that CBS stars will not go hungry without a raise.

  • Mel

    Once again we see the “unreality” of famous actors in the news. Because of ad dollars they should be paid a lot, but I bet if we average folks “froze” our viewing of their programs, their salaries or jobs would get cut pretty quickly.

  • PT

    I agree with Jenn and Kevin, Caruso is not at all worth watching and wouldn’t care who they got rid of for more $ in his pocket. Never liked him, never.

  • Andrea

    I think any and all cost cutting measures should be considered. It seems fair that lead actors don’t get raises, as long as no one else does either, this includes high level staff for production companies and network execs.

  • Alex

    I think David Caruso needs the bonus to finish his acting lessons. He’s still in the course ‘Using overacting in moderation.’ PLEASE GIVE THE MAN HIS RAISE AND FAST!!!

  • KC

    Even though CBS is not “hurting” for money now as most of you say, taking this measure now by freezing salaries will help keep money in the bank so further cuts/freezes do not need to happen at the extent they are in other companies. This makes perfect sense to me and sounds like good management to me.

  • Scott S

    Note to viewers: If you get tired of particular shows or actors, or object to outrageous salaries – DON’T WATCH THEM! This is the surest way to bring back some sanity to the salaries and greed of both actors and management.

  • Dan

    as long as the freeze is for the company as a whole – from the janitor to the CEO is wouold be ok. No bonuses to the executives either. That is the only way to be fair, treat ALL persons employed by CBS the same.

  • Cat

    Does this affect CBS Daytime too?

  • Dianne

    The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. All of these TV people, from the execs to the second tier actors make A LOT of money. Have they heard about the 598,000 jobs lost in January across this country. In many places people who only make 40,000 a year have had to take a pay cut in order to keep their jobs. Why can’t the execs and actors to the same. It is all about ME and MY MONEY and not about anything else. I have no compassion for any of them.

  • shermax

    So let the lead actors walk if they don’t agree. There are plenty of actors and actresses out there who need the work. Why should actors be treated any different than the rest of us?


    As long as Mark Harmon is still on, I don’t care what you pay him. The world is a much better place when you can watch him!!

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