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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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121.

j    

Just the simple fact that there is already this many comments says that they are worth it. Also 99% of the people bitching about it are obvious viewers. As the situation would say....don't be hatin.

1679 days ago
122.

Inquiring Mind    

I love Jersey Shore! It's entertaining!!! Hello Haters out there!!

WTF.. Do you want? The Hills and all the other boring A** shows to run forever? Yuck Heidi can't even mover her fugly New Face from all that Plastic surgery! Yuck....

MTV .. Keep Jersey Shore!

WE WANT SNOOKS BACK!!!!

1679 days ago
123.

JBone    

Seriously? The girls are tramps, and Sammi sweetheart is anything but. The boys collectively might have an IQ over 100. The show is a train wreck.

1679 days ago
124.

JJ    

Why didn't you have a "zilch" option to answer your poll?
The way our society and media make people famous for doing absolutely NOTHING is completely nauseating.

MTV sucks. Remember when they actually played music videos?
What does the MTV stand for now? Moron TV!

1679 days ago
125.

oreo    

They are worth nothing.

1678 days ago
126.

T JAM    

CAN WE ALL POLL MONEY SO THEY LEAVE ,,OR END THE SHOW !!!!

1678 days ago
127.

DrTruth    

Becoming a measly thousandaire for a blatant ethnic slur show that makes fun of you and will be history after the second season is chump change. Back in the media good old days when they had sane, civilized TV with writers and scripts and plots, cast members made 25k to 50k to start and hundreds of thousands or millions when a show became hot or a hit. Here in reality show dreck generation suck, you get paid peanuts to be an idiot on the idiot box so an ongoing hate speech media agenda can make more olive skin look bad.

1678 days ago
128.

emmasn    

They are worth nothing. They are trash.

1678 days ago
129.

g37racer    

Are kidding me... how much are thy worth? Try nothing. What a waste of good air time.

1678 days ago
130.

evaperon    

Garbage! Stupid, talentless morons. Sadly, the media (and late night talk shows) give these idiots valuable air-time. The audience should be compensated for being subjected to this crap. Not interested in opposing responses. If you support losers making money and gaining fame for nothing----you are even lower than they are.

1678 days ago
131.

Dave    

@taddyd .... you are a retard!

1678 days ago
132.

mark    

redo the poll with a 0$ amount and watch the numbers

1678 days ago
133.

ZERO OPTION NEEDED    

HOW ABOUT $0.00.. THIS SHOW IS GARBAGE AND THE PEOPLE WATCHING THIS SHOW MUST EITHER BE EXTREMELY YOUNG(TEENS) OR SMALL MINDED PEOPLE. SORRY, BUT THERE ARE BETTER THINGS OUT THERE ON T.V LAND TO WATCH. YEAH, YEAH I KNOW THE RATING WERE HIGH, BUT SERIOUSLY?? SO KIDS TELL ME WHAT DID YOU LEARN TODAY FROM MTV AND THE CAST OF "JERSEY WHORES"??????????? TRASH!

1678 days ago
134.

A    

Quite frankly, neither one of them have any business negotiating with a major television network. They were very lucky to have been a part of a show that just so happened to have become very popular very quickly. I think MTV's initial offer to them is far more than they deserve, and far more than they would make having a normal job. This very sudden meteoric rise to fame is ballooning all of their egos, and I really think they shouldn't be looking gift horses in the mouths.

1678 days ago
135.

Inquiring Mind    

151. You may not think they are worth it but the bottom line is if YOU were making MTV thousands and thousands of dollars...wouldn't you want to be paid fairly?

They may not be your favorite people on TV but that doesn't mean MTV should get to make TONS of money off them. And let's face it, they were much more "real" and interesting than The Hills...those rehearsed bunch of brainless wonders got over $100K an episode!!!

If they got paid $100K each, just think how much MTV was making off of them!

Posted at 11:21PM on Jan 24th 2010 by Kathleen



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I totally Agree.. that's nuts! These people should get their fair share they are much more entertaining then some other shows.. IDK, What the big fuss is about that this reality show is stupid and all these kids are dumb.. Tell me what show is so F***'n educational? "The Hills?" WTF... as long as the ratings are coming in they should get paid well.

1678 days ago
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