Nightly News   |  October 05, 2011

‘The Simpsons’ may end over budget issues

In its 23rd year on television, “The Simpsons” may have to come to an end because of a contract dispute. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: There are some animated discussions under way surrounding one of the longest running shows on TV . The bottom line here is " The Simpsons " may have to come to an end because of a contract dispute. 20th Century Fox Television says it can't produce any future seasons under the current financial model. That means pay cuts for the show's six main voice actors. The producers reportedly want to cut their multimillion-dollar salaries in half.