Cloud, consider how many tens if not hundreds of millions each episode generates for Fox. Fox execs were just greedy and looking to display their power.
Look for a lot more well-deserved attacks on Fox within the Simpsons these next two years.
I hear the voice actors were wanting $500k an episode. They settled for $300k. Makes me wonder how long it takes to record an episode, how much effort it is on their part and how much revenue each episode is worth