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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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