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Aaron Paul Says He Makes Nothing From Breaking Bad Streaming On Netflix

Aaron Paul is making his frustration crystal clear.

The Breaking Bad star told Entertainment Tonight Canada during a SAG-AFTRA picket that he makes zilch in residuals from his hit show being on Netflix.

While standing on the picket line in front of Sony Pictures Entertainment Studios in Culver City, California, with his co-stars Bryan Cranston and Jesse Plemons, Aaron said it’s time for streaming services to “pony up” and pay talent properly.

“I don’t get a piece from Netflix on Breaking Bad, if we’re being totally honest, and that’s insane to me,” Aaron told ET Canada.

“Shows live forever on these streamers, and it goes through waves,” he continued, adding that he recently saw that Breaking Bad was trending on Netflix.

“I think a lot of these streamers, they know that they have been getting away with not paying people a fair wage, and now it’s time to pony up.”

Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt and Jesse Plemons joined a SAG-AFTRA picket line last week.
Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Betsy Brandt and Jesse Plemons joined a SAG-AFTRA picket line last week.

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When Aaron was later asked if he felt “optimistic” about the strikes, he gave a very Jesse Pinkman-like response.

“I think so, yeah, because we’re not going anywhere,” he said, full of angst. “So, they got to do something!”

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan has credited Netflix as the reason why his incredibly popular and critically acclaimed series went from a modest to a smash hit series.

“I think Netflix kept us on the air,” he told reporters in 2013 after the show won its first Outstanding Drama Series Emmy, according to Variety.

“Not only are we standing up here (with the Emmy), I don’t think our show would have even lasted beyond season two. … It’s a new era in television, and we’ve been very fortunate to reap the benefits.”

After Netflix began airing old episodes of the drama about a high school chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston) teaming up with one of his students (Aaron Paul) to cook meth, the show became more popular on AMC, its original network, Vox reported.

According to the outlet, the season four finale of Breaking Bad had less than two million viewers — but when the series finale aired two years later, its audience had ballooned to 10 million.

Vox also noted that AMC has said that Netflix is just one of many reasons why the show blew up and also credited video-on-demand and Breaking Bad marathons that the network would run as reasons for gaining a wider audience.

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