The two actors are earning $2 million per episode on their new Apple TV Plus dramedy “The Morning Show,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The stars’ salaries are a big jump from what they’ve received in television. Aniston didn’t earn $1 million per episode on “Friends” until the last couple of seasons in 2003 and 2004, and that was a headline-grabbing sum back then. Last year, Witherspoon negotiated a hefty raise to $1 million per episode on HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and was credited with correcting the cable channel’s gender pay gap.
Not that Aniston and Witherspoon were hurting for cash. The two reportedly have networths well into the hundreds of millions of dollars. And their “Morning Show” contracts amount to even more moolah with producing fees and ownership points, per the THR.
Apple’s investment in its behind-the-smiles look at morning TV shows ― in which Aniston plays the veteran host and Witherspoon the newbie ― is pretty staggering. The 20 episodes on order will cost $15 million each for a total of $300 million over two seasons, THR noted.
“The Morning Show” premieres Nov. 1 on the Apple TV Plus streaming service.