Nadya Suleman’s 14 kids will get $250 a day on her reality show

Octomom Nadya Suleman’s kids are apparently worth $250 a day, as that’s the price she’ll get for them from production company Eyeworks to appear on the reality show she insisted she didn’t want. The show starts filming Sept. 1.

Suleman “has signed an agreement for each of her 14 children to earn $250 a day to star in a reality television show,” the AP reports, and the contracts she “filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court guarantee the children will collectively earn about $250,000 over three years” but “require a judge’s approval.”

The kids get “$125,000 collectively for 36 days of shooting the first year; $75,000 for 21 days in the second year; and $50,000 for 14 days the third year,” and “15 percent of the kids’ earnings will be placed in a trust account, as required by California law, that none of them will be able to get at until he or she is 18 or legally emancipated,” E! News reports.

I’d bet $250 that the “legally emancipated” part comes before the 18th birthday for at least one of them, especially if they meet up with the Gosselin kids and form a support group/class action lawsuit.

Meanwhile, later today, there will be a hearing in an L.A. court over “a lawsuit brought against her by child actor advocate Paul Petersen and famed attorney Gloria Allred … requesting a third-party guardian be assigned to oversee the financial estates of Suleman’s world-famous octuplets,” the Whittier Daily News reported.

Suleman inks reality show deal for her 14 kids [AP
Octomom’s $250,000 Brood [E! News]
Octomom Suleman petitions to dismiss Allred lawsuit [Whittier Daily News]

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