Jersey Shore cast refuses to film without new contracts, more money

Michael The Situation Sorrentino bares his chest at the Jersey Shore Soundtrack Album Release Party in Marquee on July 13, 2010 in New York City, NY.  Fame Pictures, Inc

Earlier this year, the cast of Jersey Shore was holding out for more money for their second season. They were said to want $10,000 an episode, which they eventually received. Now the “second half of the second season” is being filmed. Technically MTV wants it considered the second half of second season so that they don’t have to call it a third season and deal with contract re-negotiations for all the bronzed booze-loving fame and money-seeking stars. Some of them are thinking it’s the third season, though, and they want to get paid. That guy “The Situation” whose situation consists solely of showing his abs, has already been offered a bonus for that “second half” or “cycle three” based on ratings plus $27k-$45k an episode for season 4.

This story is confusing because it looks like MTV’s Jersey Shore producers want to call this latest round “Part B” of Season two when they’re filming, but they’ve called it “cycle” 3 in that offer to Mike “The Situation” and will probably name it “Season 3” when it actually airs. At least that’s the impression I got. Here’s Radar’s report:

MTV is taking a “take it or leave it” approach with The cast of Jersey Shore, has learned exclusively.

The cast’s original all-for-one, one-for-all contract status had fallen apart and MTV had given the show’s stars until last Friday to individually negotiate new deals, a source close to the cast tells

“None of them did. So when the 16th passed and there were no new deals, MTV took the position that all the cast’s original contracts were still in force at their $10,000 an episode fee.”

The cast was ordered to return to work Monday, or else. “The ‘or else’ part is that if they don’t come back to work tomorrow, it goes to legal,” the source explains.

A big part of the controversy stems from the fact that the cast’s original two-season deal became muddied when MTV decided to break season 2 into two parts, which they are contractually calling “cycle” 2A and 2B.

“MTV is taking the position that they are still in season 2, even though the cast may look at it as season 3 and therefore not covered by their existing deals,” the source explains.

Angelina has already been dumped from the cast. She told exclusively that working conditions on the show “sucked.”

[From Radar Online]

I don’t like these Jersey Shore kids and generally find them to be entitled idiots who would be lucky to get a tenth of the opportunities that MTV is handing them. Even considering that, though, it looks like MTV is trying to pull a fast one on them. In that letter to The Situation they offer him a bonus for season three based on ratings and a per-episode rate for season four based on ratings and basically tell his people to get back to them in two days or the deal is off. Then they push filming for Monday without giving anyone the time to negotiate. They probably don’t care and consider these kids interchangeable. They are to an extent. They fight, hook up and get drunk on camera. There are plenty of other kids who will do all that for much less money.

TMZ reports that the cast is on strike. J-Woww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny are said to have refused to film. Snooki is expected to follow suit and it’s unknown what The Situation plans to do. The good news is that this show may be derailed, at least for a short time.

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi poses for the cameras at the Jersey Shore Soundtrack Album Release Party in Marquee on July 13, 2010 in New York City, NY.  Fame Pictures, Inc

Paul DJ Pauly D DelVecchio poses for the cameras at the Jersey Shore Soundtrack Album Release Party in Marquee on July 13, 2010 in New York City, NY.  Fame Pictures, Inc

NEW YORK - JULY 13: Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino attends the 'Jersey Shore' album release party at Marquee on July 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

NEW YORK - JULY 13: Jenni 'J-WOW' Farley attends the 'Jersey Shore' album release party at Marquee on July 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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  1. Sumodo1 says:

    I heard about this. Good luck to all.

  2. ligeia says:

    they let fame get to their heads. too bad, there are hundreds of newer and hungrier guidos just waiting to jump in on the show and do it for free just for the exposure.

  3. Johnthing says:

    These people are delusional. Nobody gives a rat’s ass about them. Please, please DON”T SIGN YOUR CONTRACTS. STAY OFF THE TUBE.

  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    All I have to say is thank God. Now MTV use the money you were gonna use on these losers and do more episodes of True Life.

  5. guesty says:

    no doubt they could find a million other kids to do this…BUT…the chemistry of these characters is celebu-tard gold.

  6. Whatever says:

    Let them go back to whatever bullshit jobs they had before MTV dug them out of the dumpster, hosed them off and put them on TV. They are ALL far too old to be acting like tools at the beach in the summer. Get a new cast that is actually Italian or better yet, dump the whole stupid thing.

  7. Me1st says:

    maybe they shouldn’t have used so much of the money they made on fake tans. if you live down the Jersey Shore you would get a real tan and I can guarantee you it wouldn’t be ORANGE. Damn ommpa loompas

  8. meme says:

    oh please god let this be true and these morons will have to get real jobs at mcD’s.

  9. debbie says:

    Snooki’s hair looks nice in her photo! So shiny…the color’s great…and no poof!

  10. logan says:

    And there are no more orange dim wits in New Jersey at all? If not we have a butt load of the in PA

  11. Kiska says:

    They probably all realize that their 15 minutes of fame will come to an end and want to capitalize on it. Although, I find them all rather distasteful, I can see how easy it would be to fall into all the hype and $$

  12. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    Low life pieces of trash.

  13. Green Is Good says:

    *eye roll* What a tragedy (not).

  14. Iggles says:

    They should bring in a brand new cast. Now that they’re “famous” it won’t be the same. Miami is NOT the Jersey Shore.

    Let them round of new kids and film them at the real Shore.

  15. Skins says:

    Oh No! Gosh, these people are all such talented artistes. How can they possibly be replaced?

  16. bellaluna says:

    @ iggles – That’s what I said when this contract mess started the first time! Dump them all, so they see how disposable they truly are.

  17. andrea says:

    idiots, all around, both the cast and mtv for the absolute crap it’s turned into. if these idiots give mtv a hard time, then it’s well-deserved – what do they expect when “doing business” with these brightbulbs?

  18. Leek says:

    It’s probably time for them to get contracting and nail tech jobs.

    There is supposed to be a Korean answer to Jersey Shore coming out called K-Town. Now that looks much more interesting than this group of “guidos” acting like trash. They are the reason I lie and say I’m not Italian.

  19. Roma says:

    They make a ridiculous amount of money doing promotional appearances, and that seems to be why they want more money to actually shoot episodes.

    That being said; they don’t seem to understand that if they’re no longer on tv, clubs will stop paying them to come.

  20. Steeze says:

    look, i know that these kids are ridiculous but i watched the first season and it was undeniably addictive and i think it has to do a lot with these particular kids personalities. they arent as replaceable as everyone thinks.

    i think mtv is making a load of money off of their shenaningans and they should at least get part of the profit.

    it looks like mtv is trying to take advantage of them… but from a network like mtv, thats not surprising.

  21. Novaraen says:

    If you look at the situations abs..right in the middle…it looks like someone bending over…like butt cheeks. LOL.

    All these orange oompa loompas are pathetic and totally replaceable.

  22. ashleighlauren says:

    It turns out that I do hate people because of their skin color. If their skin color is orange.

    I’m definitely a sucker for working the way I do when getting drunk and hooking up would garner me my annual salary in three episodes.

  23. Jennifer says:

    Just thankful to not see another picture of Snooki’s *painfully ridiculous* poof hairstyle. I still don’t understand what the allure is watching these quasi-retarded, do-nothing, useless a**holes.

  24. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “And there are no more orange dim wits in New Jersey at all? If not we have a butt load of the in PA”

    actually, none of them are from NJ, I believe. all from NY from what I understand.

    Iggles, I agree…I think a new group every season is a good idea.

  25. SolitaryAngel says:

    This is the first and last time I’ll comment on these as*holes. I think they’re all disgusting and would LOVE to never see another photo of any of them the rest of my life. That kid with his shirt up all the time—is it just me, or are his abs nothing to write home about? Actually his stomach looks weird to me. Dump the whole lot of them, MTV—and replace that show with a REAL one, if you’re still capable of recognizing a *real* show.

  26. aenflex says:

    Can’t blame MTV too much for trying to pull a fast one on these idiots. And they are bloody idiots.

  27. Ron says:

    Who knew Tangerine Honey was a new base makeup color. That girl looks like citrus.

  28. Canucklehead says:

    Saw this coming…

    what does MTV expect, they makes these crackers into celebs on a show that makes tons of dough. They’re going to want more money.

    It’s not like “the Hills” where the cast is too retarded to ask for more, and it’s not like “Real world” where they are replaced each season.

    I say they should put the thumb screws to MTV and get all the cash they can.

    MTV is the source of all this faux-celeb scumbaggery, they should pay through the nose. Maybe then this type of TV will become too expensive and we can all be spared this eyeball-cancer causing crapola.

    MTV Sucks.

  29. Bored@Work says:

    They all make me sick. I watched 1 episode in season 1 and that was it for me. They are all as dumb as a box of bricks. When will they just go away…ughh

  30. Laura says:

    I know I would hate this show, so I don’t watch it – everyone else here just hate –

    Seriously? let it go. Millions do love the show – and MTV is raking it in –

    Whats he’s face makes $800,000 an episode to play his jerky self, and these guys want just a little more and they’re scum?

  31. Jeri says:

    Why does the Situation bother with a shirt when all his poses have him holding it up. Is that supposed to look hot?

  32. kelbear says:

    The Situation’s situation doesn’t look as nice as it used to.

  33. Sincerity says:


    You hit the nail on the head! MTV is probably doing just that! The “shelf life” of this show has just expired! Hopefully, if all goes well, we won’t see these clowns again!

  34. poster 1 says:

    Sweet jesus that one girl is so orange she looks like an oompa loompa!

  35. logan says:

    @poster 1, haven’t you heard? It is now a medical fact that constant stupidy will turn the body orange when subject is placed in front of a camera for too long.

  36. Shandy says:

    I run along the Seaside boardwalk every morning and pass the Jersey Shore house on my route. There has been a crew working on it for the last week. Today MTV was on the boardwalk and beach filming a blonde girl carrying a huge stuffed shark or whale or something, and some shorter girl in a camo tank top. Definitely not the cast members. Oh, and they painted over the red, white & green Jersey logo on the garage door, and have a security guard stationed at a table in front of the house day and night. But no sign of cast members.

  37. Kim says:

    They can find thousands of similar Jersey kids people would watch – they should be smart and take the $10k!

  38. Feebee says:

    Please let both parties stand firm, ie don’t sign and don’t film. I took the train from Newark to Penn Station for the first time on the weekend and saw several people who could and would take their places… but please don’t.

  39. LolaBella says:

    I have never seen this show (and never will) all I know about these people I know from reading Celebitchy and DListed.

    I am NOT impressed with The Situation’s Situation; his abs look like they are deformed or in the wrong place.

    The pic of Snooki is the best I have ever seen her look.

    MTV is making a shit load of money off these kids, why shouldn’t they hold out for more money? If they hold out AND stick together MTV will give them better contracts; they’re not going to risk losing the entire cast.

    I have a strange crush on Pauly D.

    *Hangs head in shame*

  40. Candis says:

    Seriously? What makes them ANY different than the “stars” on MTV’s show The Hills? At least the the kids from JS actually DO something. Even if it is just tanning and fixing their hair! Way more entertaining than the contrived BS of Spencer and Heidi. So PAY UP MTV!! Not like they aren’t banking on this crap!

  41. Boombeeba says:

    As much as I loathe this show, & as an Italian American actually born in Italy, I generally find the show gimmicky & offensive HOWEvER after reading a while back about the stars of the Hills contracts & how insanely lucrative they were I feel these “guidos/guidettes” do deserve a higher pay, especially seeing how much more popular & Hyped the Jersey Shore Show is compaired to the flialing Hills. Why was LC or KrisCav worth more money to MTV than miss Snooki or Jwoww even thought it’s clear they are more popular than those faux hills girls at this point in time. I always saw Jersey Shore as like an ethnic version of the Hills… You’d think the jersey shore cast were black or something as poorly as they are treated bicomparison to their network counterparts… Hmmm?

  42. gg says:

    The Sitch’s abs are very weird looking. It’s just a little cavern in the middle of his gut. Has anybody noticed that his abs are the only muscles he seems to work? What is the deal with the flat pecs, and the Popeye hairdo?

  43. Jover says:

    Yes canucklehead MTV sucks everyone knows it. I’d like to know was it just money that made MTV become the bottom feeder swill it has become; it was actually cool in the 80s and early 90s and then went to hell, but what caused the change? As for these Einsteins, I’ve seen baboons at the zoo picking bugs of each other that exhibited more intelligence than these hair product lamposts.

  44. Nuget says:

    MTV should not sign this….forget the show, and go back to what “MUSIC TELEVISION” was all about….music videos. MTV is so sad now and aimed at 14 year olds. Sure would be nice if it was still music.

    how can they take what their name stands for and keep putting ‘reality’ show trash on the air.

  45. meme mcgee says:

    I only watch this show because I can’t believe humans can be so delusional as to not know the whole world is laughing at their trashiness and mental retardation. They constantly talk about ugly people when their std infested, greasy, vile selves are so ugly and vile it defies description. This is comedy and tragedy at its best! Keep up the good work low lifes!!!!

  46. kylee strutt says:

    they’ll slowly drop back into normal life when people are sick of them.

  47. CJ Plourde says:

    “I will never learn why white trash has orange skin.”©CJ Plourde, 2010

  48. Charles says:

    Ya know whats funny about this is that “Snooki” Is now asking that people dont call her that anymore. She wants people to call her Nicole and she gets upset if called Snookie. It seems that she is trying to be ” Respectable” now. I say that there should be no changing up mid-stream and that she was Snookie the Whore then and should remain Snookie now. I mean come on! Who do you think you are?? F—ing Demi Moore?? No matter how much money she ever makes, she will always see a Whore when she looks in the mirror.