Show them the money!
The new Us Weekly (on newsstands now) exclusively reports the staggering amounts of money the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore are raking in:
PAULY D Want to get DJ Pauly D to spin beats at a bash? The going rate is a cool $20,000.
THE SITUATION He’ll earn about $100,000 for Dancing With the Stars; his cologne, fitness DVD and endorsement for a nutritional supplement could net him millions.
RONNIE For party hosting, he gets “$12,000 to $20,000,” says his manager, Matt Cohen, adding that he also has plans to sell his signature drink, “Ron-Ron Juice.”
VINNY The house’s most mellow member earns $6,000 an hour to appear at clubs and, a source tells Us, “he’s recording a single.”
SNOOKI The star charges $20,000 to walk an event’s red carpet. She also has hair products and a book in the works. JWOWW In addition to the $25,000 they each make per show, her Filthy Couture fashion line helps pay the bills.
ANGELINA The lowest earner of the bunch ($5,000 for appearances), she has an accessories line under way.
SAMMI She earns $15,000 for event appearances. Plus, “I have beauty and fitness products in the works,” she says. Not everyone is thrilled with the money — and fame — the self-described “guidos” and “guidettes” are getting.
The National Italian American Foundation issued a statement earlier this year expressing concerns over the way the show depicts Italian Americans. Said NIAF President Joseph V. Del Raso: The show’s characters have “more in common with the adolescent residents of Animal House than with Italian Americans.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie even declared that the hit show — MTV’s highest-rated telecast in the network’s 12-34 demo in eight years — is bad for the state.
On Tuesday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, castmate Vinny fired back, saying people should be worrying about other issues. “There’s the economy, poverty, equal rights — and Jersey Shore is the worst thing that’s wrong?” he asked.
Snooki insisted they don’t just party all the time, either.
“I think no one knows how we really are,” she said. “We have, like, different sides. Obviously you see us on the show we party, we do this, and we do that. But outside of the show, we’re very quiet.”
Snooki, for example, said she’ll “go to frickin’ Barnes & Nobles, get a coffee and just sit down and read. No one would ever think that. We have different sides to us and people don’t see that.”