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'Jersey Shore' Kids

Drive Hard Bargain

1/24/2010 11:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0124_jersey_shore_photo-1The "Jersey Shore" kids didn't fall off the pizza delivery truck yesterday -- TMZ has learned they have rejected MTV's salary offer for Season 2.

Sources connected with the negotiation say MTV offered Snooki, Pauly D, "The Situation" and the others each a $10,000 signing bonus and $5,000 an episode.

We're told the cast rejected the offer and made it clear -- they were negotiating "Friends" style ... everyone would get the same amount and it had to be a lot higher than MTV's offer.

Sources say MTV came back and doubled the offer -- $10,000 an episode. The cast hasn't responded to the offer.

It's still a bargain. The season finale of "Jersey Shore" was off the charts with 4.8 million viewers.

And, with some members of "The Hills" scoring north of $100,000 an episode, the "Jersey Shore" kids, frankly, should be holding out for a hell of a lot more than $10k.

We've also learned MTV has a contractual hold on the cast for another year, so technically Snooki and company have no right to renegotiate -- but it's done all the time with hit shows.

An MTV spokesperson would not comment on the negotiations and said the network has not made a decision on bringing the show back for Season 2. We're also told MTV has received thousands of tapes from would-be Guidos and Guidettes.

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31.

MJ    

WTF? Where's the $0 option, TMZ?

1701 days ago
32.

Nancy    

If these no talent idiots have a tv show, then anyone can have a tv show. These losers should thank their lucky stars that their on tv. They actually look like they belong in bad acting porn. This is by far the most stupid group of people I have ever seen. Snooki most certainly looks like her next gig will be porn. Do any of these people have a least a GED?

1701 days ago
33.

Bruce    

The cure for Jersey Shore withdrawl: Check out “Jersey Shore (A Love/Hate Song)” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNq7LyJ5dAc

1701 days ago
34.

justagirl    

"Don't count your chicken before they hatch." What is a household name today could be gone tomorrow. So after one season, especially with all the controversy surrounding the show, you are walking a fine line between "shock value" vs. and audience turning it's back. These kids may be "admirable citizens" outside the show. But someone like Ronnie got into many fights, bragged about it and justified each fight, when he could have taken the high road and walked away. The show promotes has no other focus then sex, a mild disrespect for woman and violence...(as you could see their "job" was overshadowed by all the partying. The atleast on the Hills had a platform of furthering education and careers along with "love" and drama. Only after one season, the Jersey Shore should be thankful the opportunities and bringing in an income I am quite sure most of them did not have a year ago. MTV is smart to keep the strong arm..and the cast does need to remember..they are a dime a dozen BIG heads at this stage of the game is quite a BIG turn off....

1701 days ago
35.

Luornu    

DOESN'T ANYONE ON THIS GOD-FORSAKEN WEBSITE KNOW HOW TO SPELL OR CONSTRUCT A SIMPLE FRIGGIN' SENTENCE??????

HAVE THEY STOPPED TEACHING ENGLISH IN SCHOOLS???

UN-FREAKING-BELIEVABLE.





This nation is sliding downhill. Fast.

1700 days ago
36.

joanne    

$2.00 is way to much......let them go there over-paid as it is...

1700 days ago
37.

wayne    

Some of you people are either damn jealous or just plain stupid - or maybe both.
Do you guys have any idea how much money these people - MTV - makes off these kids. Millions!!!!!!!!!!! Why should the President/VP, pull in 6-7 figures and the reall stars collect monkey change?
Nonsense!
The same crap happened with Jeana on the Real Housewives of the OC/and all the other housewives. They are being used - they provide free script, free locaation, content(real lives), etc. All for $10k an episode!
The entire wolrd gets to see these people's personal lives - the nonsense they do and say, divorces, their homes, and at the end of hte day they are the one being riddiculed all over the media,, not the VP of Production!

Get your money Jersey Shore, get your money!

1700 days ago
38.

Ella    

If they're going to do another season with the same cast or at least partial cast, then they need to get filming right away. There's no time to wait for summer in Jersey. Send them somewhere warm right now and see how they fare. Obviously they fit in on the Jersey shore (even though they are not native to it), but how would people relate to that attitude on the West coast or in South Beach, for example?

The same old thing isn't going to work for a season two but this cast is stellar; at least Snooki, Mike, Paulie and Vinnie are, and if you put them on the road we'd have another hit. Like them or not, they're hot right now. Not six months from now when it's warm then three months later after editing.

MTV needs to double their offer again and then get started asap.

1700 days ago
39.

Lola    

TMZ, go find some news. Nobody cares about these greasy, slimy people from NJ. They are so low class that the other residents of their state are plainly embarrassed at the whole business.

They get attention because the current crop of young people are so glued to their tv that they'd sit there and watch the turtle exhibit at the zoo, if MTV put it on. Hey, I'll bet the turtles wouldn't try to break their contract and get more goodies.

1700 days ago
40.

ewamaria    

Well, okay, comparison to the Hills is probably a good one, but did the cast get the "north of 100,000" on the second season? I doubt it, I remember reading about some people getting 7,000 or 10,000, some of the main people. Lauren got more, but she was already a recognizable face at that point and she was the lead. So JS kids should hold off on some heavy negotiations and accept the 10,000. Especially if MTV lost some sponsors as a result of the controversy.

1700 days ago
41.

loo    

Why are Americans so stupid and follow crap like this? When you watch these ignorant TV shows you only add to their worthlessness. It is so sad that this country promotes stupidity and even pays for it.

1700 days ago
42.

abby    

Why do they keep showing photos of the girl who left the show... She sucks.

1700 days ago
43.

doubledown    

wow, i need to get rich by having zero talent... wait I have zero talent give me some money MTV!!!! in a pinch, I would do snooki....rhinonights.blogspot.com

1700 days ago
44.

Al Michaels    

The dudes are all gay with that gym, tan and laundry bs. "Yo, you GTL?" That is the gayest crap I've ever heard coming out of dude trying to act str8. Usually the more macho the bigger the closet queer.

The girls are either skanks or puds like snookass.

So what to pay them? Make them pay MTV. But MTV is so stupid they'll make em millionaires.

1700 days ago
45.

Peaches    

GEEZ GIMME A FRINKEN BREAK......1ST OF ALL, QUESTION....IS THE SNOOKIT CHICK PART DWARF OR MIDGET?..........WHY DO THESE UGLY GIRLS LOOK AT LEAST 15 YEARS OLDER............HERE'S THE FREAKIN TALENT????...............THE "SITUATION" BOTTOM DUDE....SHOULD GET HIS BIG NOSE FIXED..............AND THEY ALL NEED TO GO TO A DENTIST

1700 days ago
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