PREACH IT! Hi! Now that I've spoken, that'll be $100,000
Repeat: Celebrity (and, like her or not, Snooki is famous) buys her own handbag.
Stars are infamous for demanding truckloads full of free stuff every year -- everything from jeans to, yes, handbags -- largely through their publicists. Snooki’s purchase just makes her all the more huggable.
Then again, it looks as if she can afford that bag. According to another report,"Jersey Shore's" Snooki is now commanding a $10,000-a-pop fee for personal appearances. Per Celebuzz, that puts her well above Seaside Heights cohorts Pauly D ($7,500), J-WoWW ($5,000) and Ronnie($3,500). The 10 grand demand may sound ridiculous, but a girl needs tanning money, and that hair isn’t going to pouf itself. Besides, if you believe some of the celebrity-appearance booking sites out there, Snooki’s price isn't nuttin’.
Sure, asking fees have dropped in accordance with our hard-luck times. According to Forbes, reality stars were able to demand up to $25,000 per appearance back in 2007. Now, a simple meet-and-greet might command only $3,000.
But quite a few stars are still demanding top dollar, particularly musicians, who are expected to not only appear but also sing at private appearances.
“All the real A-level music talent will need a minimum of $200,000 to $300,000 for events,” says talent wrangler Robert Tuchman, executive vice president of Premiere Global Sports.
And there are a few stars still commanding six figures just to walk around and talk. Per the booking agency All-American Speakers, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry the Cable Guy, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres and Donald Trump all have one thing in common: a $200,000 minimum asking fee.
The agency did not return requests for comment. Still, “those fees are real,” Tuchman assures me, “but negotiable in some cases.”
Of course. I myself charge the Los Angeles Times only $100,000 per post, you know.
Recession and all that.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Photos: (top) Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, left, Jenni "J-WoWW" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Pauly "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio arrive at Spike TV's 7th annual Video Game Awards in Los Angeles on Dec. 12. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
(bottom) Donald Trump and his wife, Melania. Credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images
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