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'Jersey Shore' Producers -- They're All Expendable

7/19/2010 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The producers of "Jersey Shore" don't want to cave to the cast's demand for more money, and are ready to cut the cord, TMZ has learned.

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TMZ broke the story ... members of the cast went on strike yesterday, refusing to shoot over the weekend for Season 3.

Sources connected with 495 Productions tell TMZ the cast is ultimately hurting the show.  As one source put it, "The show is not about famous rich people with managers coming to the Shore."

495 would like to keep a few of the cast members -- notably The Situation, Snooki and Pauly D -- but they think the strike by the cast is the last straw.

We're told the cast feels like they've been tricked, because they felt their contract -- which gives each of them $10,000 an episode -- was only supposed to cover Season 2 in Miami.  They feel they're being screwed now that producers want them to go to the Shore and shoot another installment under the existing deal.

As we first reported, The Situation is being tempted with a sweet new contract and we're told it's pissed off some of the other cast as well as the crew.

Here's the rub ... Sources say MTV thinks they have "magic in a bottle" with this group and wants to keep the cast intact.

A rep for MTV had no comment.



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1.

Jim    

They sure are! Make examples of them.

1474 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

they all look like wh*res.

1474 days ago
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Dan    

Clean house! Get rid of that fugly Snooki mess first. These people are all a joke. Their 15 minutes of fame should have ended last year

1474 days ago
4.

jhunter    

They are all gay, who cares. This show is personally responsible for the recent delinquency of my wife. I swear she is "stupider," with a direct correlation to this show. -Texas

1474 days ago
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G.R.    

NEXT!!! MTV is just playing tough guy. They will not get rid of any of them, MTV are a bunch of p*ssies. Kill the show already!!! It sucked when it started and it sucks now.
More than have of them will be dead from skin cancer in a year or two anyway.

1474 days ago
6.

JJ    

They ACTUALLY all SUCK.

THis is American youth at it's worse; the parents must really be proud to have raised DOPES.

1474 days ago
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angles    

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SUCESS GO TO THERE HEADS I WOULD JUST REPLACE THEM OR SHUT DOWN THE SHOW

1474 days ago
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jus-sayin    

Just cancel the show and put something of worth on-they all need to go. MTV needs to go back to "PLAY SOME MUSIC!"

1474 days ago
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trinity911    

I can't be the only person who doesn't watch any form of reality tv, but the press tmz gives these tools makes me wonder.

FFS, of *course* they are expendable. It's not like they are A list crème de la crème talent.

I really hope that a day comes when trash like this is off the airwaves.

1474 days ago
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Mary    

I am sure there are a lot of immature people with over sized egos who act irresponsible they can find to replace them.

1474 days ago
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jus-sayin    

MTV..I agree-what happened to the music? Come on-get those fools off of there! I havent watched MTV since the music died.

1474 days ago
12.

Carvey    

Hey MTV, very few people were watching this show initially - and you know it. Snooki got punched in the head, it got a lot of publicity, and people tuned in to watch. A few of them stuck around to watch the rest of the season and then the season rebroadcast because these Jersey idiotse are freaks. It was like slowing down to see a traffic accident. You didn't catch lightening in the bottle, it was simply a fluke. Get over yourselves. Move on to the next thing. We're bored with these losers.

1474 days ago
13.

Chris    

Who? What? Nasty looking people.

1474 days ago
14.

Michelle A.    

Please drop the entire show. I dont want to see any of their faces ever again. They are retarded; and I dont understand why the show is still on!

1474 days ago
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becky    

I agree... pull the plug and put back on the music videos. MTV get back to the music and stop with the crap!!!

1474 days ago
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