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'Jersey Shore' Cast Members "Strike" to Get More Money - UPDATED

by Audrey Fine, posted Jul 19th 2010 3:41PM
UPDATE: [3:45 PST] The Hollywood Reporter posted an exclusive story saying that the cast is "near a deal" that will see them net a 200 percent increase in salary -- $30,000 an episode each. MTV is still mum on the subject, releasing this statement instead: "We don't comment on any contractual conversations."

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Hang on to your wife beaters folks, the guidos are on strike.

According to TMZ, the garden state's finest are don't think that $10,000 each per episode is enough money and they're refusing to begin shooting season 3 of 'Jersey Shore' until MTV coughs up more dough.

Citing sources "connected with the show," the gossip site claims that JWoww (Jenni Farley), Ronnie (Ortiz-Magro), Sammi ("Sweetheart" Giancola), Pauly D (Paul DelVecchio) and Vinny (Guadagnino) have told the crew that they wouldn't show up on set until new contracts were put in place. And, according to the same sources, Snooki (Nicole Polizzi), who's lost her famed "pouf" and, last week debuted red-hued hair, will follow suit tomorrow when she's slated to begin filming.

All of this is going down because, as RadarOnline.com has reported, the cast was unable to negotiate new contracts to their satisfaction by last Friday's deadline. "When there were no new deals, MTV took the position that all the cast's original contracts were still in force at their $10,000 an episode fee," a source told the site.

For his part, "The Situation" (Michael Sorrentino) has had an ongoing money issues with the cable network despite the fact that, as TMZ also reported, MTV has offered him a bonus ranging from $60,000 to $180,000 contingent on how well season 2, which was shot in Miami, fares in the ratings.

MTV has refrained from commenting on the goings on, but with the second season's premiere (July 29 at 10PM) just ten days away, will they try to stall until the ratings reveal whether the cast is worth a pay bump or will they, as has been rumored, just pluck the more notorious members away from others and design a spin-off around them? Even with an increase for a few of them, It'd be cheaper than paying eight salaries. However, the producers have said that "the show is not about famous rich people with managers," so at this point, the next move is anyone's guess.

Last season, the drunken exploits and generally obnoxious behavior of everyone involved garnered impressive ratings with the season-ender delivering a 4.8 rating in the coveted 12-34 demo and 4.8 million viewers. To put that in context, the show debuted with a 1.2 rating and only 1.375 million people tuned in.

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That picture disturbs me so much.

July 19 2010 at 4:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Jersey shore has a big platform to fall back on, because of the reality tv show path The Hills paved for them, Jersey Shore definitely made more money faster... I watched the Hills seasons on Streaming Flix!

July 19 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

They deserve it. That was hard to type without laughing.

July 19 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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