Jersey Shore cast may get $10,000 an episode for season two after negotiating as a group

The original cast of Jersey Shore is close to re-signing for a second season of MTV’s break-out hit, and they’ll receive $10,000 per episode, double an initial offer of $5,000 per episode. Both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that $10K figure this morning, and since reading the entertainment industry trade newspapers is often the equivalent of reading a press release shortly before it’s issued, it’s probably accurate.

The Hollywood Reporter says “Agreements could be reached by week’s end for another season of MTV’s breakout hit, whose cast collectively rebelled against the network’s low salaries for freshman performers.” While Variety reports that MTV wants “back on the air in summer, if possible,” THR notes that “winter in New Jersey [is] putting the show’s summer beach house locale under snow,” which either means taping somewhere other than the Jersey Shore or waiting to begin production.

Both sides were public about the negotiations. The cast is replaceable, a “top MTV exec” told the Sun-Times: Finding obnoxious, pushy, trash-talking idiots who want to be on TV is as easy as falling off a log.”

‘Jersey Shore’ cast closer to deal [Hollywood Reporter]
Snooki and Co. likely to return to ‘Jersey Shore’ [Variety]
‘Jersey Shore’ season 2 — with a whole new cast? [Sun-Times]

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