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PREACH IT! $5,000 each for 'Jersey Shore' Season 2? Sure, for EACH of the Situation's ab muscles

January 25, 2010 |  5:52 pm

Jersey shore ray Do I go with the cliche lead? Sure, why not!

The “Jersey Shore” kids are reportedly saying "fuhgeddaboudit" to a low-ball salary offer for Season 2 of their hit reality show.

Per TMZ, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and the rest of the crowd were each initially offered $5,000 per episode for the second season; with 12 episodes planned, that would be $60,000 per season per guido or guidette.

Understandably, the kids balked.

Now, there are some seriously pitiful reality-show paychecks out there -- as little as $100 to $150 a day for some shows, particularly in the competition category. It’s not even unheard of for producers to ask some reality-show contestants to appear free; apparently somebody still thinks that appearing on a reality show will lead to champagne kisses and caviar dreams one day.

You know -- like an investment.

Housewives new york(To be fair, sometimes that does happen, but the payoff is more like $5,000 to make an appearance at a bar.)

But it’s much more typical for a successful reality show to pay its cast in the five figures per episode. One report indicates that "The Real Housewives of New York City" each earn about $30,000 an episode. And Jon and Kate Gosselin earned a reported $22,500 per episode at the height of their show's popularity.

So what’s next for the "Jersey Shore" cast?

Their salary offer reportedly has been doubled to $10,000 per episode, but the final deals have yet to be inked -- and, apparently, there are other juiceheads waiting in the wings should, say, Pauly D or the Situation get too greedy.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photos: So, the "Jersey Shore" cast is good enough for "The Rachael Ray Show" -- they joined her for the Jan. 21, 2010, episode, top -- but not good enough for more than $5,000 per episode of the MTV hit? More important, are they good enough to out-pouf and out-tan "The Real Housewives of New York City," left? Credits: David M. Russell / The Rachael Ray Show / Associated Press, top; Heidi Gutman / Bravo, left.

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