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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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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.

1139 days ago
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Africanlegend    

They have no talent and after a few seasons I am actually tired of them. Their demands will not be met because I am sure MTV knows the only way for them is down!

1134 days ago
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Judy    

They are overestimating their value: I'll get drunk and yell at people for $100 bucks an episode :) They make so much money on endorsement deals, clothing lines, styles of sunglasses, and appearance fees. If they keep pushing, they're going to get replaced.

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