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Maria Shriver's HUGE Payday for Doing Nothin'

3/17/2008 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Maria ShriverMaria Shriver got paid a fortune by NBC over the last three years -- even though she worked exactly once for the network since 2004.

According to "statements of economic interest" filed in Cal-ee-for-nia, NBC shelled out "between $100,000 and $1 million," the L.A. Times reports, in each of the last three years, as part of an "exit agreement. " The network was uncomfortable about Mrs. Schwarzenegger reporting news while Arnold served as Governor and took her off "Dateline NBC" back in February 2004.

NBC felt there was a conflict of interest because she became first lady of Calif. -- so what's the deal with the sweetheart arrangement? Interesting.

Maria's chief of staff, Daniel Zingale, confirmed the payments to the Times, though he didn't indicate what her total windfall was. NBC was mum.

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Kelli    

I need a job like that. Call me.

2319 days ago
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earthmonkey    

Damn those teeth and that mouth ruin her.

2319 days ago
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janet    

Everyone knows that she gave up that job in New York to keep an eye on her husband that was fooling around when she left town.

2319 days ago
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fergiebear    

That is what happens when they let her go!!!! Remember she had a contract they still had to pay her!!! I knew when they let her go they would have to pay her. I just did not know how much!!!! Girl Power!!!!

2319 days ago
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Mia    

She has the most unfortunate face. She's starting to look like Michael Jackson.

2319 days ago
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FABIO    

She looks like SKELETOR.

I would definately keep her away from my KIDS!!!

2319 days ago
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Sheila    

If she had a contract with them then so be it...that is what contracts are for. She did not ask to quit working...apparently they forced her to. Hope she gets all that is owed to her...just like I would hope anyone in any job would get what their contract states.

2319 days ago
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Western Observer    

Hey, who let Skeletor on TMZ? Can't she buy a meal with all that bogus money?

2319 days ago
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JessBcuz    

Shame on her!!! She should give that money to her husband so he can pay California's debt!!!! Because she wants to be stingy, they're cutting 4.5 BILLION dollars from education funds!!!!! Booooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Who voted for this Austrian and Skeleton to run the Golden State?? NOT ME!!! Booooooooo!!!!

2319 days ago
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Western Observer    

Is it Halloween already?

2319 days ago
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Somebody , shoot it! Quick!    

The money should be doanted tocharity to make her look good out this. It is not a scandal ,but it just make her look good. She gives money ,but she shouldleakit that this was given away. She earned that contact same as anyone else ,but it would just make her look better to be rid ofit.
Looks, she was stunning whenshe was young. Older now, she looks mor eand more like her momand the kennedy women. Brillant real womenthey are ,but not soattractive. Maria needs to forgo the Hollyweird look and get fatter and a nd a fuller face. He rbone structure calls for a fuller face. That sullne look due to being Hollyweird thin makes her look sickly.

2319 days ago
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williamj    

Someone please buy that women a few happy meals. She looks like a straving hunger wolf.

2319 days ago
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He's Boring now    

shes looking more and more like her late grandmother Rose with each passing day. wonder if shes acting like her too?----when Rose remained silent and stoic while her husband Joe banged all in Hollywood.

Best keep an eye on the Guvernator

2319 days ago
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Switch    

That's a Kennedy for you

2319 days ago
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Cynic    

Them that has, gets. Why should that surprise anybody? There's nothing fair about our system and there never has been.

The Kennedys are just as crooked as any other fake American dynasty. By the way, I thought we got rid of monarchy for a reason. But with self-appointed "royal" families like this one running everything, we really aren't better off.

2319 days ago
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