THE BIG BANG THEORY

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It's official: It pays to be a nerd! 

The Big Bang Theory's main trio—Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Jim Parsons and Johnny Galecki—signed lucrative (understatement?) deals today for a whopping three more seasons, at a reported salary of $1 million per episode. That's $24 million per year. Or as we like to call, it "Friends money."

"Everybody should be very successful and happy and rich," Big Bang creator Chuck Lorre recently told E! News of the stars' hefty pay-hike demands. "They earned it. It's a great cast. It's their time."

Big Bang is without question the most-watched comedy currently on television. But are Kaley, Jim and Johnny now the highest-paid TV stars?

Believe it or not: Nope!

In fact, you probably will be shocked to find out who the highest-paid TV star is. (We audibly gasped.)

Click below to see what some of your favorite (and not so favorite) TV stars make, and where Big Bang fits in…

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