Snooki received $32,000 for two Q&A sessions at Rutgers

Jersey Shore cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi appeared Thursday night at Rutgers University to answer students’ questions at two different sessions, and for her time and insight (“Study hard, but party harder.”), she was paid $32,000 out of student fees. By comparison, the university is paying Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison $30,000 to deliver their commencement address.

The Star-Ledger reports on student reaction and the event, and notes that “Snooki would not get the entire $32,000 fee. Shares will probably go to her comedian sidekick, her management and the speakers bureau used to book her.”

Outrage over reality star pay is nothing new; in 2004, we learned that Real World cast members can make $90,000 in appearance fees alone. But the truth is that Snooki and everyone else makes gets as much money as they do because someone’s willing to pay that much.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.