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'Jersey Shore' Cast

Squeezing MTV For More $$$

6/17/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The "Jersey Shore" cast has put the screws to MTV for a FIFTH TIME -- negotiating new contracts for an upcoming season back in New Jersey ... and we're told, they locked down their biggest salaries yet.

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Plans are already in motion for a fifth season back in Seaside Heights -- but sources connected with the "Jersey" cast tell TMZ ... Pauly D, Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the gang refused to take part without signing new contracts first.

We're told MTV originally planned to shoot the new season under the terms of the Season 4 contracts -- but lawyers for the cast refused ... so MTV drew up new papers.

We're told the majority of the cast has already re-signed for a bump in salary -- not a HUGE raise, but still significant -- and the rest will sign this week.

The cast is scheduled to fly back from Italy on the 23rd -- and start shooting the new season in Jersey on the 26th. 495 Productions has not returned calls, and MTV had no comment.

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46.

meyay    

I would have liked to have seen them be sent to the Middle East instead of Italy, see which one survives the longest... that'd be an instant TV classic, and bring America closer together with a huge cheer of victory at the season finale...

1171 days ago
47.

Ro    

To MTV: DON'T DO IT! They are SOOOOOO NOT WORTH IT!!! Step back and walk away from the deal. And while you are at it, do the same thing to Teen Moms! All these "shows" that you are playing are stupid! Why not go back to the old school days and actually play music videos?! WOW MTV, there's an idea!! Y'all are "Music Television" anyways, right?! Or is that all just gone to crap for good? Might as well change your name to STV (Sh*t Television).

1171 days ago
48.

If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Hey look they might as well go for it. After the next NJ season I think that's going to be it, & after their personal appearances & commercial endorsements dwindle down, they'll need all of that money because you know they won't want to go back to a real job. Can you really see Sammy having to actually show up early 5 days a week & do real work for her money? Uh uh. If they're smart they'll talk to an established moneyman to make good investments. Then agian, the key word here is "smart".

1171 days ago
49.

fran    

honestly why is this show on ...any other show with low ratings like this would have been booted long ago

1171 days ago
50.

larry    

Why do people watch these skanky bimbos and douchebag himbos??? Snooki is the envisionment of being a true skank!!!!

1171 days ago
51.

TiredofPrimadonnas    

Time to say sayonora to the overexposed, under talented wannabes.

1171 days ago
52.

whocares    

Amazing. Being paid and given free room and board for being a bunch of drunken ****heads.

1171 days ago
53.

jane    

they all need makeovers
they look dated

1171 days ago
54.

Problem?    

Another season of drinking, fighting, Ronnie and Sammie fighting and making up every 5 seconds, the Situation whining and instigating like a 15 year old high school girl (actually the only reason I might put the show on), Vinny becoming a bigger jerk than all 3 of the guys combined, the two short girls doing stupid things, Pauly doing whatever it is he does, and Jenni being the only one with any sign of intelligence. Huzzah. I watched some of the third season and that will probably be the last one I watch, except to see what went down between Ronnie and Mike.

1171 days ago
55.

robert    

good they're making mtv a boat load of money they should get a fat chunk of it.

1170 days ago
56.

christina    

they have enough money they need to stop trying to get more money from MTV. they need to stop being gritty Bitches. there are other shows that are better then them. Quite Crying Jersey Shore!!!!

1170 days ago
57.

Wat time is It    

All jersy gots to go. The only person pauly,ron is kool but all others,mainly,fatass,snooky,sam,jwow,and,dezznutss.outtttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt.It's time For a new Showwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

1170 days ago
58.

amanda     

you people need to get a sense of humor. this show is hilarious, its not like there out there commiting murders or breaking the law.To all u haters... stop trying to knock someones hustle!!! if u dont like the show, simply don*****ch it or waste ur time commenting about it. boneheads

1169 days ago
59.

obama'saracist    

please mtv dont pay let them fade into the nothingness that they are s*** with no class drunken morons please let them go

1169 days ago
60.

Helen    

I don't understand why people are so upset by this show....every reality show and MOST movies magnify "stereotypes" (most which aren't true or flattering to the group that is being stereotyped) but no one complains about that. Get over it---these kids have a hit show that rakes in millions for MTV and they deserve to be paid accordingly. I think that when we are so upset about someone else's fame/success what we are really saying is that we aren't happy with our own accomplishments....and FYI you are on TMZ.com, not CNN.com so let's not pretend like you are holier than thou.

1169 days ago
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