• Futurama is getting rebooted at Hulu
  • The voice cast is back minus "Bender"
  • Actor John DiMaggio has a new update

The Futurama fanbase was stunned by news the show could return without its most famous voice: "Bender," the foul-mouthed but lovable robot.

The popular animated series returns in 2023, and all the stars are back except for John DiMaggio. The "Bender" actor still wants to return, but it sounds like he's no closer to ending his stalemate with Hulu.

Futurama reboot: "Bender" drama update

DiMaggio now wants to set the record straight, after reports said he hasn't joined because he wants a better salary than his co-stars. The star says it is a matter of "self-respect."

On Twitter, DiMaggio wrote: "I've been thinking about everything that's been going on these past months and just to be clear, I don't think that only I deserve to paid more. I think the entire cast does.

"Negotiations are a natural part of working in show business. Everyone has a different strategy & different boundaries. Their 'price.' Some accept offers, some hold their ground.

"Bender is part of my soul and nothing about this is meant to be disrespectful to the fans or my Futurama family. It's about self-respect. And honestly, being tired of an industry that's become far too corporate and takes advantage of artist's time & talent."

So it sounds like nothing is imminent for DiMaggio and Futurama, but he did add that he is "still hoping for the best."

Also interesting:

DiMaggio has a lot of fan support, as he picked up over 50K likes on his tweet, and he's calling the situation "#bendergate."

After 10 years off the air, Futurama returns with 20 new episodes in 2023 on Hulu. And "Bender" could reportedly be recast if DiMaggio and Hulu can't come to an agreement.