TMZ is reporting that tensions are rising between MTV and the unruly and money-hungry cast of their hit reality TV show Jersey Shore. As you may recall, negotiations to get the cast to return for season 2 of the show got a bit hairy leading up the deadline for the cast to sign on for another season of the show … but at the last minute, MTV played hardball and got the cast to return under the terms set by the network. Now, the cast is required to film more footage for the series but they are banding together and refusing to cooperate with the network unless they all get more money. Season 2 of the series is already in the can and ready to roll at the end of this month, but will this contract dispute put season 3 at risk? God, I hope so. Read on …
The cast of “Jersey Shore” is so dissatisfied over their contract situation that they refused to shoot scenes for the upcoming third season until they get a better deal … this according to sources connected with the show. The cast was supposed to begin shooting “at home” scenes today for season three, but we’re told JWoww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny — who are spread out between New York and Rhode Island — told the crews they weren’t shooting without new contracts. The Situation and Snooki are supposed to shoot tomorrow, and we’re told Snooki plans to do the same. No word yet on The Situation, but as we first reported … he’s having contract issues of his own. Sources close to the show tell TMZ the cast feels they can make more money doing appearances for two months, rather than filming the show. A rep for MTV had no comment.
At this point, I kinda feels like MTV really does have to pay the cast more money if they want them to return for a 3rd season. The cast has scored the cover of an as-yet-published issue of Rolling Stone magazine and individual castmembers like Mike The Situation Sorrentino and Jenni JWoww Farley have nabbed their own product and endorsement deals. They are still in big demand and MTV will have to pay up if they want to keep them. That being said, I wonder how long all the attention that the cast is getting with last if MTV decides to 86 them all and feature a new cast of self-described guidos and guidettes. These sorts of negotiations can get really tricky … but, in the end, MTV has the upper hand. If they want to keep the original cast (or any of them individually) they’ll prolly have to pay more … otherwise, they can just hire new kids on the cheap. The Jersey Shore cast will either have to play nice with MTV or venture out on their own … which I don’t think will take any of them very far. We shall see. I personally couldn’t care less either way, they can stay or they can go.