Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Real Housewives of New Jersey' cast want salary increase, may strike

It's hard work yelling into Danielle Staub's face.

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice will not be returning next season if her salary isn't doubled, reports.

The Bravo show’s cast members are reportedly dissatisfied with their contracts and are threatening to pull a "Jersey Shore"-style strike on Sept. 3 - when season three is set to start filming - if they can't renegotiate new contracts.

According to, Giudice, whose financial troubles have been laid bare on the reality series, wants double her salary -- which the Star-Ledger reports is currently $3000 per episode - the chance to make more lucrative public appearance and a share of the profits from DVD and merchandise sales.

"She would like to be paid more equivalent to what the 'Jersey Shore' kids are getting," a source told the gossip website. "If she’s not treated better by Bravo, she's ready to walk away.”

The cast of "Jersey Shore" reportedly went on strike in July as they were dissatisfied with their contracts for the show’s third season. They are now said to be making $30,000 an episode, with The Situation set to earn $5 million this year from the series as well as appearances and other business deals.

Giudice has been repeatedly mocked by her cast mates for landing herself and husband, Joe, $11 million in debt. Despite her well-documented lavish spending habits, she reportedly blames Bravo for making her life harder.

"Teresa is sick of everyone knowing all her private financial business," an insider told PopEater. "She didn't sign up to be on 'Housewives' so that everyone could look into her bank account. Millions of couples go through what they are going through, except no one knows about it. It's just not fair."

The Giudices' belongings were set to be auctioned off Aug. 22, but a Newark, N.J., court has postponed the auction until Oct. 3 to reassess the value of the items.

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