The cast of Jersey Shore is very close to signing on the dotted line for an enormous pay raise for the show's third season, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Season-two production on MTV's reality hit — scheduled to resume in Seaside Heights, NJ Monday — was stalled by contract negotiations. Snooki, the Situation and their housemates had asked for $30,000 an episode (a 200%) raise — and MTV countered "with a number that's close to that figure," The Hollywood Reporter writes.
The stars were expected to accept their amended offers by the end of the day Monday; they made $5,000 per episode during season one, and $10,000 for season two.
And everyone is expected to return for the show's third go-round, a source tells UsMagazine.com:
"The entire cast will be returning to Seaside Heights for season 3. There were rumors that some cast wouldn't return and that was the case at one point, but creators changed their minds."
But some stars may rake in more than others with the new deal. "Snooki and Situation would make the most," the source tells Us.
"Then second tier would be Vinny, Pauly D and Jwoww. The third tier would be Ronnie and Sammie."
Season 2 of the show debuts July 29.
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