'Jersey Shore' salary smackdown: The trash talkin' has commenced
Last night, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was the first to comment publicly from the cast on the negotiations.
"I believe that the cast we have right now is irreplaceable," Mike told " Access Hollywood." "Once you find that magic, it is hard to replace."
"As it comes to negotiating, we know that there will be a Season 2 and we hope MTV will have us back and I am pretty sure that is going to happen," he added.
This morning, the network punched back. A top MTV exec close to the negotiations told the Chicago Sun-Times that the cast has let the show's success go to their heads. The source says MTV has replacements already lined up if the cast doesn't fall back on their demands.
"Finding obnoxious, pushy, trash-talking idiots who want to be on TV is as easy as falling off a log," says the MTV source. Boom!
Reportedly, the main conflict revolves around higher salaries. The numbers thrown around by different media sources say that the last offer MTV made was a $10,000 signing bonus and $10,000 per episode salary for each guido and guidette. The cast seems to be holding out for more.
Last year, it became clear that castmembers from MTV's other reality hits, "The Hills" and "The City," make about $100,000 an episode. If that's true and considering that "Jersey Shore" has earned higher ratings than those shows, it seems to us that the cast deserves much more than the reported offers.
Do you think MTV has underestimated the value of this season's guidos and guidettes? Or, could the show go on with a new crew with lower price tags?
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