Relax: Snooki only made about $9,180 an hour to speak at Rutgers

Jersey Shore cast member Nicole Polizzi’s managers have leapt to her defense about her $32,000 payday for speaking at Rutgers last week, which has resulted in criticism directed at both the university and Snooki, who told a local news station to back off criticism of her.

But as it turns out, she wasn’t paid an obscene amount at all, at least according to her mangers. “The $32,000 covered both shows, the host, all the travel and all the expenses. She roughly earned around $24,000 or $25,000,” her manager, Dan Mackey, told People. That money came from student activity fees, which, in fairness, typically pay for entertainment programming at colleges and universities, and that can range from a band to a reality show cast member.

In any case, let’s take the average of what Snooki’s manager said her take-home pay was: $24,500. Divide that by 160 minutes (two 80-minute shows), and we get about $153 a minute–cheap!

That’s approximately $9,180 an hour, which I’m pretty sure is close to minimum wage.

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.