“After this group comes back from Italy and shoots season 5 this summer, that will be the end for them,” a source says.
The primary reasons for the recasting are the high salaries and outside commitments that the increasingly popular group enjoys. The new cast will be “a lot cheaper,” but that the current stars “will leave on a high note.”
With each passing season, the ‘Jersey Shore’ cast holds out for a bigger pay raise, arguing they miss out bringing in the big bucks from sponsorship deals and club appearances they can’t do while filming for MTV.
The “core group” comprised of Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley, Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Paul ‘Pauly D’ Delvecchio earned around $100,000 per episode for Season 4 – filmed in Florence, Italy, this spring.
Although agreements for salary and other conditions were worked out for Season 5, it seems like MTV has had enough with the cast’s high demands and has decided to start over with a new group of urban trailer trash.
MTV can then make another group of losers into superstars. Fame is valuable, regardless of the complete absence of any talent on the part of the famous – just look at Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton – Snooki is no LESS talented than those two.
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