'Jersey Shore' cast continues fight with MTV over salaries
You may have heard that the cast of Jersey Shore was locked in a battle of wills with MTV over contract negotiations for a second season of that godawful show, but Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino went on Access Hollywood Monday night to speak publicly about the row for the first time. We're sure he had something profound to say about all that, too.
"I believe that the cast we have right now is irreplaceable," Mike told Billy Bush. "Once you find that magic, it is hard to replace."
Oh, right. Sure. But what about the reports that MTV had offered a $10,000 signing bonus and $5,000 to $10,000 per episode to the cast, who basically get to go on vacation and act like fools to get paid?
“I gotta say false,” said Mike, who was joined on the show by "Pauly D" Delvecchio and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi. “Everybody has their own way of doing things and I can only really speak for myself and know that we are making a Season 2 happen. The numbers that were offered … I really can’t speak about numbers.But I believe everything is being worked out this week. I am being a gentleman right now and we are trying not to speak about numbers.”
Well, considering the casts of The Hills and The City get $100k apiece, we can understand the guidos and guidettes being unhappy -- besides, a second season sure beats having a real job. But according to the Chicago Sun-Times, MTV isn't impressed by the one-for-all, all-for-one approach the Shorebirds is taking.
"Finding obnoxious, pushy, trash-talking idiots who want to be on TV is as easy as falling off a log," an MTV source old the paper. Indeed, The Juice* speaks from experience that the Philly area alone is loaded with eager replacements.
[Photo: Mike, Jenni "J-Woww" Farley, Snooki and Pauly think they are famous for some reason. Getty Images]