Revealed: Pamela Anderson gets just $4,000 a year from Baywatch residuals after she made ‘bad deal’ as naive young actress
Pamela Anderson only makes $4,000 annually off of residuals of the popular 90s series Baywatch, her son Brandon Lee said Monday.
Lee, who is a producer on the doc, said his mother was criminally underpaid during her time on the 90s pop culture staple.
The latest: Pamela Anderson, 55, only makes $4,000 annually off of residuals of the popular 90s series Baywatch, her son Brandon Lee, 26, said Monday at the Netflix Tudum Theater in Hollywood, California at the premiere of his mother’s new Netflix documentary titled Pamela: A Love Story
‘When I go back and I even look at past deals and residual checks people would be shocked to find out how people really took advantage of her,’ said Lee.
He described his mother – who played the role of C.J. Parker on 110 episodes of the syndicated series from 1992-1997 – as ‘a young girl making a bad deal on a big show and she was the biggest star at the time.’
He continued: ‘A lot of people made a lot of money off that, people are going to have to have their day when we come knocking … when she makes $4,000 a year off of Baywatch? That’s a crime.’
The Ladysmith, Canada native, 55, was a breakout star in the ensemble cast of the beach-based series, which also featured David Hasselhoff, Yasmine Bleeth, David Charvet, Gena Lee Nolin, Nicole Eggert, Donna D’Errico and in its later years, Jason Momoa.
Anderson played the role of C.J. Parker on 110 episodes of the syndicated series from 1992-1997
The Canada native was a breakout star in the ensemble cast of the beach-based series, which also featured David Hasselhoff and Yasmine Bleeth
She posed with her sons Brandon Lee, 26, and Dylan Lee, 25, at the LA premiere
The $4,000 annual residual rate pales in comparison to many of Anderson’s contemporaries who appeared on hit shows that went on to syndication, according to a 2019 piece published by Yahoo.
The principal six cast members on Friends – Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc – earn $20 million a year on a deal that gave them 2 percent apiece on residuals, according to a 2015 USA Today report.
The creators of another iconic 90s show, Seinfeld, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld – make up to $400 million each cycle of syndication, New York Magazine reported in 2014.
Cast members Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander do not own a stake in the series, the International Business Times reported in 2013.
Ray Romano’s royalties for the hit CBS series Everybody Loves Raymond earned the actor up to $18 million annually, according to the Yahoo report.
Seinfeld co-creators Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, pictured in 2015, make up to $400 million each cycle of syndication
The cast of Friends – Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Matt LeBlanc and Lisa Kudrow – have earned $20 million per year in residuals apiece