John DiMaggio is formally set to return to voice Bender in Hulu’s revival of Futurama, that means all key solid members will reprise their roles within the sci-fi cartoon. The present’s return was introduced early last month, with Billy West (Fry), Katey Sagal (Leela), Tress MacNeille (Mother, many others), Maurice LaMarche (Kif), Lauren Tom (Amy), Phil LaMarr (Hermes), and David Herman (Scruffy) all set to return again of their authentic roles.
On the time, Deadline reported that DiMaggio’s function was within the means of being recast. The actor had reportedly turned down the preliminary provide, which he felt “was not aggressive primarily based on the success and identify recognition of the unique sequence.” Followers have been outraged (clearly), and a #Bendergate hashtag emerged (clearly), and DiMaggio himself finally took to Twitter to supply a fuller rationalization.
“I don’t suppose solely I should be paid extra. I believe the whole solid does. Negotiations are a pure a part of working in present enterprise. Everybody has a special technique and completely different boundaries,” DiMaggio wrote in an announcement, “It’s about self-respect. And truthfully, being bored with an trade that’s turn out to be far too company and takes benefit of artist’s time and expertise.”
Unsurprisingly, DiMaggio provided a extra optimistic assertion upon the information of his return. “So rattling grateful for the love and assist of followers and colleagues alike throughout this entire time (particularly my spouse, Kate), and I can’t wait to get again to work with my Futurama household,” DiMaggio stated. “#Bendergate is formally over.” Deadline reports that DiMaggio’s paybump is believed to have been “minimal at greatest” after negotiations.
The brand new 20-episode run, which is scheduled to return to Hulu in 2023, is the third time the sci-fi sequence has been revived. The present’s authentic run on Fox was canceled after 4 seasons, however was later revived within the type of 4 direct-to-DVD motion pictures that have been additionally broadcast on Comedy Central. The community then ordered new seasons of the sequence which once more aired in 2010, earlier than cancellation in 2013.