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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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76.

happy day    

HAHAHAHA I have to laugh. Snookie looks like a little fat Piglet, hahahaha.

1696 days ago
77.

Please!    

I don't care how much alleged education these people claim to have. They have no morals. Degrading to their race.

1696 days ago
78.

Michelle    

5k for acting like idiots. These people give all Americans a bad name. Too bad MTV sold out for ratings years ago. If not they would have canceled this piece of crap show before episode 2. PLEASE do not give these trashy losers more money. Give that cash to people who really need it!

1696 days ago
79.

Bre    

look i like the show its funny but in order to get 100k u need to earn that and they havent so stop bitching about it or im sure MTV can find a bunch of other ppl who are willing to do it

1696 days ago
80.

Kell    

MTV is making money off of them so they should return the favor and stop being greedy. The boring Hills get 100k per episode and do not deserve it. Don't care for this show but they are making money for the MTV, so they should be paid acccordingly.

1696 days ago
81.

Kell    

IT'S ALL AN ACT.

1696 days ago
82.

popcultured    

If their agent suggested negotiating "Friends" style, The Situation, Pauly D and Snooki need a new agent.

1696 days ago
83.

Terry    

geeez ...just recast it ...all new people
they do it with .. its that way with Real World and Road Rules ,,just start again

1696 days ago
84.

taddyd    

Give'm the $$$, they are wonderful!

1696 days ago
85.

Anton Chigur    

Remember the treatment "The Three Amigos" got when they demanded more money? Thats exactly what I'd do to these talentless losers. MTV can pick up any bunch of good looking, quirky kids and deliver the same show and yield the same result.

1696 days ago
86.

tim    

they are getting MTV the publicity good or bad.they are making the money.so pay them.

1696 days ago
87.

Ryan    

There's no option for nothing, so I didn't vote

1696 days ago
88.

Harvey's Mom    

If I was one of the cast members I would ask for $35,000 an episode.

10 episodes, they all walk away with some decent money, plus they are all making a killing off of appearances and future entertainment endeavors.

But I wouldn't settle for anything under that amount. I give Mtv a deadline and if they don't want to do it. Wait until their contract is up and get a show on another network. But $5,000? What a bunch of crap!

1696 days ago
89.

sheesh    

greed will get you no where, except obscurity.

1696 days ago
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