Jersey Shore cast will make over $100,000 per episode each next season

So things are looking up for the clueless drunken wonders on Jersey Shore. They’ve gone from making just $10,000 an episode, which they had to fight for in the first place, to at least $100,000 an episode. There were 13 episodes in each of the last two seasons. That means that Snooki, J-Woww, and The Situation, et al. are pulling in $1.3 million just for the show, with hundreds of thousands more for promotional appearances and endorsements. Plus we just heard that Snooki, J-Woww and Pauly D got spinoffs.

The good news for the Jersey Shore cast: They’re getting a huge raise.
The other good news: They get to spend it shooting next season in Italy.

And the bad news is … actually, for the Shore cast, there is no bad news. Didn’t you read the above? The cast is being paid a massive amount of money to get drunk and screw around in Italy. For the Shore stars, there is no downside.

As has been reported, the eight-member cast has just finished their salary negotiations. Multiple sources close to the matter tell EW the deal has members of the “core group” now pulling down at least $100,000 per episode, especially once you factor in their bonus structure. Each season is usually 13 episodes. (MTV had no comment.)

That’s a quantum leap for a group that once made headlines by haggling a raise to $10k per episode for season 2. And, of course, the per-episode salary from MTV is only part of the group’s income, with appearances and product endorsements tacking on additional large sums. (One tally puts The Situation’s annual income at $5 million.)

Regardless of what you might think of Snooki, Sitch and Co., they’re not pulling a robbery — on the balance sheet, they’re worth the money. Jersey Shore is like the American Idol of basic cable, delivering huge adult demo numbers that are higher than many, if not most, broadcast shows. The season in Italy, which starts shooting in May and already has the locals lining up to criticize the show, could bring the series to a whole new level.

[From EW]

So everyone has signed on for this fourth season of Jersey Shore too, so they can continue with their same formula of drinking, fighting and f*cking and MTV will drag this mess out for as long as possible. They’ll be filming in Italy for part of the next season, where they’ll be able to offend an entire country with base portrayal their stereotype. I can only hope that all this Jersey Shore saturation leads to a popularity drop, but even when that happens it’s not like we’ll stop hearing about them. After all, Kate Gosselin is still around.








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  1. Brittney says:

    God, $1.3 million is a LOT of Ed Hardy and spray tan.

  2. Sol says:

    OMG!!! Please someone tell me what they see in this people??? They think they are God’s gift to the world!! btw they copied the Gotti boys style haha.
    Im shocked at how quickly someone becomes a celebrity in USA.
    Example those on american Idol they have been on the show for what 2 months and already they are celebrities dating celebrities.A least they are talented 🙂
    It seems to me North America is a land of contradictions.

  3. Quest says:

    I actually started to sob when I read this headline…while we Joe’s have to actually earn a living. 🙁

  4. Rachel says:

    Ugh, that is disgusting. They make more than the cast of Glee. You may or may not like Glee but those kids work damn hard and they deserve to make more than those loser Jersey Shore things that only seem to get drunk and fight.

  5. flourpot says:

    The epitome of what’s wrong with America. They reward trash.

  6. Emma says:

    I’d just like to act as an ambassador for the state of New Jersey right now when I tell you that we really aren’t like this. Dear God, please believe me when I tell you WE AREN’T REALLY LIKE THIS!

  7. GradStudentEatingHotPockets says:

    I’m going to need some hardcore numbers in order to believe you. 🙂 just kidding.

  8. lucy2 says:

    I second that Emma!
    They’re so gross – I don’t care what they’re being paid, no money is worth living that way. Hopefully they all save their cash though, because sooner or later it’ll all burn out and they’ll be nobody’s again.

  9. truetalk says:

    there’s no justice in this world

  10. JustJen says:

    This is why I haven’t watched MTV in 20 years…

    When I think of all the wonderful teachers who inspired me throughout my life; the firemen and policemen who run INTO disaster, when the rest of us are running out; even the poor crew members who are subjected to these losers week after week….there just aren’t words.

  11. Justaposter says:


    So glad such wonderful role modles are out there for my kids.. (NOT!)

  12. Dorothy says:

    Eh….Is this a fist pump moment? 🙁

  13. Jacq says:

    Devil’s advocate: they’re at least promoting safe sex (Situation excluded), they’re vapid (at best), sure they’re drunk, but theyre HARMLESS! The show it a DIVERSION! I have enough problems, I like having 30 minutes or an hour when I do NOT have to think! The guys aren’t so bad to look at, either.
    I can only imagine how butt-hurt Angelina is over coming in the first (and second) seasons thinking she would be queen bitch – look where that got her!

  14. JQ says:

    @JustJen, I couldn’t agree more! And what kind of message are we sending the youth of the world by rewarding these horrid people with more money? Somedays I hate living in my husband’s country (China) but on days like this, I am happy to be an American expat.

  15. jover says:

    TO follow on your comment justjen – why does MTV even exist anymore it has to be a cash cow or tax write-off for Viacom.

  16. Trillion says:

    Failing upward. The new American Way. How embarrassing.

  17. MissVJJ says:

    Yay!!! Can’t wait till it airs!!

  18. original kate says:

    it make me ill to think these leather-skinned, ignorant trolls are making so much money for doing…what exactly is it they do? ugh, “clueless drunken wonders” indeed.

  19. dragonlady sakura says:

    Let me get this straight, I went to college for four years and graduated with a degree, but all I really need to do was be stupid, tan and oversexed to make $100,000 dollars? Wow, I really need to reevaluate life.

  20. flourpot says:

    +karma to dragonlady, totally nailed it

  21. Cherry Rose says:

    What amazes me is that people actually watch this show. I have never seen it, nor will I ever. I avoid the MTV channel like a plague.

    But there is seriously something wrong with us if we pay these losers $100,000 an episode to act like idiots. And what is the message we’re bringing in with it?

    No need for going to college or trying to actually have some sort of talent. Just party your ass off and act like complete idiots, and the other idiots of the world will clamor to watch you and pay you enormous money to talk about nothing intelligent.

    Wonderful. Why the hell am I even bothering to go to school?

  22. Crystalline says:

    Note to self: forget college, become an Italian stereotype. Tanning is all you need to succeed. Bonus if you are wasted 24/7!

  23. Confuzzle says:

    I suppose this gives a career alternative to greedy kids who were thinking of going into drug dealing?

  24. George says:

    Wow, we have aerospace engineers who create planes to defend our country and protect our troops that are making $100,000 a year. We have doctors who save lives and are making $300,000 a year. We have troops who make $30,000 a year while risking their lives to fight for our country. While these guys get drunk and make more than the doctor, the engineer, and the soldier combined. Fuck this Bull Shit. That is why I will either demand to make a million as an Operations Manager or join the welfare line and contribute nothing to this dumb society who have nothing better to do than to watch MTV. I love the people who make a lot of babies and get welfare. Why should they work hard since society only rewards the select few.

  25. CeeCee says:


  26. Zelda says:
    Gawker sums up beautifully why this isn’t a big deal.

    Frankly, the show makes money. Lots of money. These people are the stars of that show. By the ratings, by the downloads, by the site hits, by the merchandise–these people are making money for MTV. The network is only paying them this much because they are making them this much, and that in turn, is only happening because people do want to see them. So they should be paid accordingly.

    It’s not like they’re being paid out of the public coffer. They are being given money from the pool of money set aside by private corporations to finance profitable product. This is MTV’s overhead budget, here. It’s only for you to get upset about if it is your money. And there is an easy way to make sure it isn’t–don’t buy. Simple.

  27. bob says:

    Which cast member do I have to smush to get the $100,000 worth of student loans I’ve acquired by attending an institution that, as it now turns out, is completely unnecessary to make it in America! Stupid me…

  28. TonyInk says:

    Hey Cherryrose, what do you care if while you work and go to school and earn your living there are idiots out there doing nothing? Okay, so there are kids that don’t do anything but party and work meaningless jobs. I still need my groceries carried out and my gas pumped, and well I’m fulfilling my life because I function at a higher level they are doing whatever they are doing, who cares. It’s the beauty of life. So that’s why your going to school, to do good in your own life…… right?