In 2012, original Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson told No Pink Spandex that while the early '90s kiddie action show "taught her so much," she also had some qualms. Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was a non-union show and not as subject to certain salary rules. "We were being paid, I think, tops $600 a week." And considering that the series shot two episodes a week, that works out to just 300 bucks per episode … and no residuals for reruns.
Original Red Ranger Austin St. John told San Francisco Comic Con that he enjoyed his time on the show, but that the cast "had very little creative say when it came to the script or how we might change a line or anything." There's one wince-worthy piece of dialogue in particular that he wishes he would have refused to say. In the episode "No Clowning Around," he had to yell at the villainous Pineapple the Clown, "You're going down, clown!"
Johnson and St. John's issues are nothing compared to what Blue Ranger David Yost faced. At the time, he was coming to terms with his homosexuality, for which he says he was constantly harassed. In an interview with No Pink Spandex, Yost says it got so bad that he quit the show: He walked off the set one day during a lunch break, having "been called 'f*****' one too many times from creators, producers, writers, directors."