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It seems MTV might have learned a thing or two from the last time they had to negotiate with the Jersey Shore cast.

As we reported yesterday, the JS cast is currently on strike, and refusing to film for the all new 3rd season.  The reason? They cast wants more money, more than the $10,000 per episode they got for season 2.

During the negotiations for the 2nd season, the cast decided to take a Friends approach by all sticking together and striking a deal together.  Things are however different this go around as TMZ is reporting some of the popular cast members, aka The Situation and Snooki are being offered more money than the rest.

The first to take the bait? The Situation according to a new TMZ report.  His manager confirmed yesterday that he has signed a new deal for the third season.  And how much does he stand to make?  Just a mere $27,500 to $45,000 per episode.  Not bad for a kid who calls himself ‘The Situation.’

As for the rest of the cast, the strike rages on.  A new report by the Hollywood Reporter however states a new deal should be reached any day now.

The cast asked MTV for $30,000 per episode — a 200% raise, and it seems MTV is caving in by countering with a number that’s close to that figure.  Sources also tell TMZ that MTV thinks they have “magic in a bottle” with this group and would like to keep the cast intact.

In what seems like deja vu, the Jersey Shore cast is once again in a widely publicized contract dispute with MTV, all regarding the third season of the hit show.

Despite the fact that the 2nd season has yet to even air, TMZ is reporting MTV is ready to begin filming a season three. However, the cast is very unhappy with their contract situation that they refused to shoot scenes for the upcoming third season until they get a better deal.

According to TMZ, the cast was supposed to begin shooting “at home” scenes yesterday for the third season, but JWoww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny ended up telling the crews they weren’t shooting without new contracts.

Snooki and The Situation are scheduled to shoot today, and Snooki will reportedly be following in the footsteps of her castmates, while there’s no word yet on what The Situation plans to do.

The reason the cast wants more money? Well the first season was a huge hit for the MTV network, bringing in higher ratings than The Hills plus sources close to the cast tell TMZ the cast feels they can make more money doing appearances for two months, rather than filming the show.

RadarOnline is also reporting Angelina Pivarnick will not be returning for a third season. Famous for leaving the show early last season, she reportedly did the same again while filming season two in Miami.

Angelina explains why she left the show to Radar, “With all of the people in the house getting physically violent with each other, and all the diva personalities on- and off- camera, I just knew that I’d be happier if I left.” She added, “The working conditions in the house were pretty brutal, I can’t get into details, but you’ll see it all, I’m sure, when season two airs.”

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They’re baaaaack! MTV has now released the trailer for the second season of Jersey Shore, and judging from the look of things, there will be no second season jinx!

In the 2 minute clip, we get to see The Situation, Pauly D, Ronnie and Vinny creeping on the girls in Miami Beach, while the ladies, Sammi, Snooki, JWoww and even Angelina can be seen getting into fights and arguments with one another.

So are Sammi and Ronnie together again? Will The Situation and Pauly D be able to avoid grenades this go around? Is Snooki still snookin for love? Will Angelina bring the drama once more?

All these questions will be answered when the show premieres Thursday, July 29 on MTV.

Is a Jersey Shore star getting ready to follow in the footsteps of Sex Tape Queen Danielle Staub? It seems so.

Multiple media outlets are reporting DJ Pauly D has several sex tapes floating around. Popcrunch reports the amateur tapes are said to be with a Canadian model he met this year while doing promotion for the first season of the MTV hit show.

“It is being revealed that they filmed a few sex videos while together – Our insiders say the girl in question has no intent on selling the recordings… But we all know eventually they will come out!!,” adds the ZackTaylor blog.


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In other Shore news, the other Jersey fellas are also making headlines but for very different reasons. Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Vinny Gaudagnino can be seen gracing the new cover of the Village Voice magazine which caters to gay men.

The magazine cover photo, which hit stands this week under the banner “Queer Issue” and above the headline “The Guido Ideal” — a story about “gay Jersey guidos on the down-low,” has led to some whispers and questions about the guys’ sexuality, but not so fast reports the NYPost.

The Post is reporting the guys were not aware what they were posing for and had no idea they were being photographed for the Queer cover. A source from the mag also adds, “The paper’s not saying the cover boys are gay, just that that they’re hot.”

The guys however seem to be good sports about the cover and The Situation was even quoted in the past as saying: “I’ll be honest, I like the attention [from gay men]. I’m flattered if there are guys with different preferences that have crushes on me.”

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While the all new second season of MTV’s Jersey Shore doesn’t premiere until July 29th, MTV has released a sneak peak of what is to come in the upcoming season.

The 13 minute clip shows the eight cast members as they prepare to leave for Miami Beach, where the second season was taped. The show’s break out star Snooki introduces us to her new boyfriend, Emilio Masella, whom she refers to as her “amazing gorilla juicehead.” And in case you’re wondering, the two have since broken up. Snooki also shares that she doesn’t tan as much anymore because President Obama implemented a 10% tax on tanning.

We also see Sammi as she prepares to leave for Miami. Sammi reveals she is no longer with Ronnie but doesn’t know what will happen in the house. Vinny also lets us in that his main focus this season is to hook up with “pretty quality girls.”

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Meanwhile in other Shore news, the show’s creator, Sallyann Salsano, made headlines last week when she shared that she is so worried about the cast members contracting STDs that she hands out herpes medication “like M&Ms.”

“We hand it out like M&Ms! ‘Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!’ It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up,” Salsano said.

Hollyscoop was able to interview the cast during a recent event and they appeared puzzled by Salsano’s comments. “Really? I did not even hear that. What set was this? I wasn’t passed out anything. What story was that?” The Situation said.

Added Sammi, “No, I have no idea anything about that. That is weird. I don’t know why she would say anything about that.”

TELL US – DID YOU WATCH THE FIRST SEASON? WILL YOU BE TUNING IN FOR THE SECOND SEASON?

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TMZ is confirming that a deal has finally been struck between the cast of Jersey Shore and MTV.

All the cast members are expected to return. According to TMZ, Vinny, Ronnie and JWoww accepted the $10,000 per episode offer. No word on if the other cast members will also be paid the same amount.

Though a deal has been agreed to in principle, lawyers for the cast are still trying to hammer out certain terms of the deal. Apparently, one of the main issues is how many paid club appearances the cast members will be able to do each week. Snooki, Pauly D and The Situation want the right to appear at as many as four clubs and other venues a week ..

As we reported earlier, some of the cast members are able to pull between $7,500 – $10,000 per club appearance.

UPDATE - A MTV Exec confirms the entire cast will be returning for a 2nd season and also reveals it will be filmed at a different location.

“Our audience has fallen in love with ‘Jersey Shore’ and its amazing cast who have really grown together as a family” said Tony DiSanto, President of Programming for MTV. “That bond gives the show its heart, and we’re thrilled to reunite these friends to bring fans more of what they love — laughs, love, drama and of course GTL.”

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Everyone seems to be a fan of MTV’s Jersey Shore these days, including Jill Zarin of the Real Housewives of NYC. By the way, the 3rd season is set to premier March 4th on Bravo.

“I’m addicted,” Zarin told E! News last night at the Human Rights Campaign’s Sundance Film Festival party. Jill goes on to state the obvious by saying, “If there wasn’t all that press about how we shouldn’t watch it, I probably wouldn’t have.”

Jill has also found her favorite cast member in Mike The Situation, and her reason for liking Mike is a bit humorous. “The Situation reminds of Bethenny [Frankel] with the one-liners. It’s amazing; he comes up with these one-liners and sayings just like Bethenny.”

And speaking of Bethenny, what does Jill have to say about those pesky rumors and reports that the two have become fast enemies…

“It was a really rough four months for me, probably the roughest four months of my life emotionally,” Jill says about the time she spent filming the new season of the Real Housewives.

You can read more about Bethenny and Jill’s drama here!

Jill doesn’t get any more specific about her beef with Bethenny as the housewives aren’t allowed to get into specifics about any of the drama (or anything else about the show) until the season premiere, but Jill did say, “I’m scared. The drama, the meanness and the cattiness…There were a lot of ups and downs.”

According to reports, things have gotten bad to the point that Jill might not be attending Bethenny’s upcoming wedding.

From what I’ve heard and read, things are were very ugly between Jill and Bethenny. Definitely can’t wait for the 3rd season to premier!

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The Jersey Shore cast might be a lot of things but when it comes to their money, the cast is proving to be much smarter than most would give them credit for.

TMZ is reporting that the entire cast has rejected an offer from MTV to do a second season. Sources connected with the negotiation say MTV offered Snooki, Pauly D, “The Situation” and the others each a $10,000 signing bonus and promised to pay them $5,000 per episode to do a season two of the hit show.

The cast however rejected the offer and made it clear that they were negotiating “Friends” style … meaning everyone would get the same amount and it had to be a lot higher than MTV’s offer.

The sources reveal MTV came back and doubled the offer to $10,000 an episode. So far, the cast has yet to respond to the new offer.

Some of the cast members of The Hills are getting paid a whooping $100,000 per episode, which should give the Jersey Shore cast some leverage considering their ratings doubles that of the Hills. They averaged over 4.8 million viewers just last week.

An MTV spokesperson would not comment on the negotiations and MTV has yet to officially comment on a season two. TMZ also reports MTV has received thousands of tapes from wanna be Guidos and Guidettes wanting to be on the show.

As much as I like this cast, I’m not sure having them all back for a 2nd season would be a good idea. They have become too famous and I’m guessing the show will become too fake and scripted for a season 2, The Hills anyone? I think it would be better to do a Real World format, and bring back an entirely new cast for a 2nd season.

UPDATE - TMZ is also reporting that MTV has given the cast until the end of Monday (today) to accept the offer, or they will be replaced. This is allegedly a ploy by MTV to try to divide and conquer the cast.  Apparently, the cast members who accept the offer will be on the 2nd season, and the ones who don’t will be replaced.  We will be sure to keep you updated on this.

TELL US – SHOULD MTV BRING BACK THIS CAST FOR A 2ND SEASON OR CAST SOME NEW PEOPLE?

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