The group was to appear at the Futurama Comic-Con panel last week, but was disinvited at the last minute due to the salary impasse. Creator Matt Groening and producer David Cohen did appear at the panel, and expressed hope they would come to a deal.
There were reports the cast were asking for $75,000 an episode – but it turned out the cast’s demands were lower than the reported amount. If Twentieth didn’t reach a deal with the cast, they threatened replace them with new voice actors – usually a negotiation ploy in a situation like this.
With Twentieth and Comedy Central looking for a way to make the show financially viable for cable, the budget was cut, including staffing fewer writers and shortening the delivery time on episodes.