Jersey Shore cast getting rich?


The roomies want their MTV ... pay hike!

Cast of Jersey Shore
MTV's Jersey Shore

By Miami Herald Staff

Looks like the Jersey Shore cast is going to be able to afford a lot more spray tanning sessions.

On the heels of a reported strike, the classy crew is nearing a deal on a substantial pay increase for season three, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The young roomies have reportedly been holding up production on the second half of season two after asking for $30,000 per episode following MTV's decision to split the season into two parts -- SoBe and Seaside Heights.

The cast signed a deal for season two for $10,000 after being paid $5,000 for the highly successful first season. At least somebody is happy: According to Mike "The Situation'' Sorrentino’s manager, the abbed one reached his own deal with MTV Monday

TMZ reports the former personal trainer -- who is becoming a brand with a cologne, book and iPhone app -- gets a one-time bonus of $60,000 to $180,000 for season 3, depending on the ratings for season two.

The cast signed on for season two for $10,000 after being paid a measly $5,000 for the first.

MTV released a statement, which said basically nothing: "We don't comment on any contractual conversations. Season 2 premieres July 29 and production is on schedule."

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