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'Jersey Shore' Star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Could Make $5 Million This Year

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 23rd 2010 11:20AM
Mike Is this a sign of the Apocalypse? Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of MTV's 'Jersey Shore' is making loads more money than other TV stars such as Anna Paquin, Edie Falco and Matthew Morrison. After a successful raise negotiation and several product endorsement deals, Sorrentino could rake in $5 million this year alone.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, that's $4.1 million more than Paquin, $2.9 million more than Falco and $4.46 million more than Morrison.

So how did the 29-year-old do it? Well, through shrewd business negotiation, it seems.

"We are really excited about all the opportunities coming Mike's way," Mike Petolino of Gotham Entertainment, the reality star's manager, told The Hollywood Reporter. "He has been able to secure many endorsement deals, business opportunities and additional television offers based on the success of the show. Our goal has always been to try to build a brand if the situation presented itself."

Sorrentino makes close to $60,000 per episode after bonuses based on ratings. He'll get a cut from all the official 'Jersey Shore' merchandise, including Halloween costumes based on his muscles and his co-star Snooki's famous hair poof. Sorrentino is also set to bring in close to $1 million from appearance fees alone.

Beyond being paid to show off his abs, the reality star has a variety of other deals in place. He'll write 'Here's the Situation,' an autobiography that reportedly got him a six-figure advance, and has endorsement deals with a new line of vodka, a song on iTunes, a "GTL" mobile application, a workout video, chewable supplements at GNC, deals with Vitamin Water and Reebok and a clothing line in the works with Dilligaf.

As if all that wasn't enough, he's also reportedly fielding offers from studios to pop up in some films. It's quite clear that America has a big Situation on its hands.

Tell us: Do you think The Situation's 15 minutes are almost up?

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ANG

THIS IS A LOST SOUL , WITH A EGO PROBABLY SO OUT OF CONTROL , ANY REAL MAN THAT CALLS HIMSELF THE SITUATION .. WELL YOU GOT TO WONDER , ANYWAY HES MAKING BIG CASH , I JUST HOPE HE DOES GIVE PLENTY OF IT TO THE POOR , PERSONALY I WOULD NEVER WATCH THIS STUFF , JUST HOPE WE DONT SEE HIS FACE ON A DOLLAR BILL

September 22 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ellejay8

Sadly, NO. people want to see more of this isanity. Sad when there are teachers and artist who are actually contributing to mankind, damn near starving and making ends meet.

August 25 2010 at 8:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lily

Great. Now I know what I have to do to become rich and famous. Forget my graduate degree and behave like pure trash!!! This guy has no talent whatsoever. He is being paid to act like a straight moron! Why is that show even on the air?!? Oh let me think, America loves trashy people!!!!

August 24 2010 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bonehead

It's amazing how a reality show can take a person from the slums and most him a so-call celebrity! Another trashy show with trashy people in it. DUD!!!!

August 24 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chloe

I'm an adult. Haven't watched this show, only seen a few "bit parts" of it and that was enough. As someone else said, these people have NO morals, especially those girls. How sad that this generation of children will grow up watching this kind of filth.
I read a book back in the 90's that stated our government was going to first start with our youth, slowly desensitizing them, then demoralizing them with television and porn, etc. Well, guess what folks? It is coming true, year after year. Some of the things on tv today was inthinkable even ten years ago. Sad sad sad for future generations. It scares me to death to think what this world will be like in 15 to 20 years. All I have to say is...believe in God, say your prayers, have morals because this world has become very evil. Some of you are probably laughing and going to call me a bible thumper, well go right ahead, I don't care.

August 24 2010 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LA Menard

Really a "Star"??? - and very few people deserve to make that kind of $$$. I can't beleive people actually watch that @#$%$.

August 24 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jake192168

can you beleieve people actually pay for this crap. the situation is an uneducated person,who talks in and uneducated manner, acts violent, and hangs out with alcohol intoxicated people using drugs. i tell my kids see this guy, this is how you dont want to be.

August 24 2010 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chino

I sure hope for his sake he saves some of it, because from what I see is he only has enough talent to make it to a gym. This guys is just a total skeez...the show sucks ass, but I guess its easier to shape a brainless body's career than someone who has intelligence and natural talent. I am also a full blooded Italian and it is pathetic how these people choose to represent their culture. If you ask me their 15 mins was up 15 mins ago.

August 24 2010 at 1:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
chris

I can't think of ANY product I ever bought because of an edorsement from a "celebrity", I can think of some I did NOT buy because of the affiliation.Do advertisers actually think this guy will appeal enough to make anybody want to buy a product. Shows how out of touch they are.

August 24 2010 at 1:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TKoehlar

Please boycott...stop rewarding bad behavior!!!!!

The are "stars" because they get drunk, act like idiots and fools. Do you really want our children to have them as role models?

These shows are lies and many of these so called "Stars" are crooks.

NO MORE! If we don't watch these stupid people on these stupid shows they will go away!

August 24 2010 at 1:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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