The Jersey Shore cast is so upset with its contracts that most or all of the guidos may refuse to fist-pump for a third season until they get paid more by MTV.
They were supposed to begin shooting "at home" scenes today for season three, but J-Woww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny apparently said no way.
The status of The Situation and Snooki is unclear. The bottom line is that the cast feels it can make more money doing appearances than filming the show.
The gang feels that its current deal, for $10K/episode, was only supposed to cover Season 2 of Jersey Shore only, and wants to renegotiate for Season 3.
How does MTV feel about all this?
Live together, die alone ... or something.
Signals are conflicting. The producers of Jersey Shore think "the show is not about famous rich people with managers" at the shore and may cut the cord.
495 Productions would like to keep a few cast members - The Situation, Snooki and Pauly D - but they think that the strike by the cast is the last straw.
Other reports suggest that in fact, The Situation is being tempted with a new contract that would pay him more than other stars - who are now pissed.
The network brass is toying with replacing all or some of the original cast members with new blood, although this idea has its share of detractors, too.
The problem for the network? Sources say MTV thinks they have "magic in a bottle" with this particular group and wants to keep the cast wholly intact.
Would you watch Jersey Shore with a new cast?