Report: Former Bayonetta voice actor’s pay claims disputed by sources

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The claims by former Bayonetta voice actor Hellena Taylor of having received an “insulting” offer of just $4000 to reprise the role for Bayonetta 3 have been disputed by sources of Bloomberg and VGC, and it seems that this could have been a messy misunderstanding and miscommunication.

According to people with knowledge of the situation (not PlatinumGames) and documentation seen by Bloomberg and VGC, the intention was to rehire Taylor for the role. This would have been for multiple sessions, each of which would have paid between $3000 and $4000 for four hours in the studio. This would have amounted to a total fee of $15,000 – more than she was paid for Bayonetta 2. Per Bloomberg, Taylor responded to this by asking for a six-figure sum and residuals, though VGC’s sources only corroborated the counteroffer for residuals.

However, Taylor has stuck by her original account when speaking to VGC and Bloomberg in private messages. She states that it was “categorically untrue” that she was offered more than $4000.

Despite having had a swell of support for her from Bayonetta fans online, Taylor would now like to put the episode behind her. She told VGC, “I’d quite like to put this in the [rearview] mirror and leave the whole bloody franchise behind, so I think I’ll just let my videos stand. I spoke the truth.”

In the end, it feels like this isn’t quite as clear cut a situation. It’s unlikely that PlatinumGames would first intend to rehire her, then try to lowball the offer, and then go and hire a respected artist like Jennifer Hale at her going rate. Regardless, this whole episode has ended up feeling very messy.

Hale’s own statement on the situation may not have been all that illuminating, but she did make an important point. She said, “I sincerely ask that everyone keep in mind that this game has been created by an entire team of hard-working, dedicated people and I hope everyone will keep an open mind about what they’ve created.

“Finally, I hope that everyone involved may resolve their differences in an amicable and respectful way.”

Bayonetta 3 is launched later this month, coming exclusively to Nintendo Switch on 28th October 2022.

Source: Bloomberg, VGC

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