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'Jersey Shore' cast wants big bucks

Members “Jersey Shore” are busy with personal appearances because reality show has made them famous. The stars are bringing higher

Members of “Jersey Shore” are busy with personal appearances because the reality show has made them famous. The stars are bringing higher financial demands to MTV.

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Updated: April 19, 2011 5:10AM



Word has it, the key members of “Jersey Shore” are playing hardball with MTV as they negotiate a return for a fourth season.

With plans in place for Snooki, The Situation, J-Woww, Pauly D and the rest to return to the sands of Miami’s South Beach, the reality show’s now-famous stars are demanding big bucks-per-episode to ensure their coming back.

Most of them are more intrigued by outside deals — which came to them thanks to their “Jersey Shore” exposure. Snooki’s working on a solo show and Pauly D is busy with DJ gigs and lots of personal appearances — something all the cast members are doing on a regular basis.

Best bet: A deal will be struck, but it likely will be the last year for this over-the-top crew of Guidos and Guidettes.

MORE REALITY: While Kelsey Grammer’s ex, Camille, is telling people she’s incensed by the former “Frasier” star becoming engaged to Kayte Walsh before the ink is even dry on Kelsey and Camille’s divorce agreement, the truth is she sees an upside. Not only will it play well on her “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” show, but reportedly it will work into another reality series Camille is developing for herself alone.

IN THE RING: Among those selected Tuesday for induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame was Sylvester Stallone, the creator of the fictional Rocky Balboa — one of the most famous big-screen boxers of all time.

COOL IT, CHELSEA! While Jennifer Aniston is very fond of new pal Chelsea Handler — with whom she spent Thanksgiving down in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — I’m also hearing the actress would like Handler to lay off Angelina Jolie.

Handler stirred the pot this week by strongly bashing “homewrecker” Jolie in her stand-up act in New Jersey. From Aniston’s point of view, the loss of Brad Pitt to Jolie is ancient history, and she has long since moved on.

Handler points out her dissing of Jolie is nothing new — dating long before she became chummy with Aniston, back to when the actress passionately kissed her brother the night she won the Oscar for “Girl, Interrupted.”

AD ACTION: Wal-Mart’s research shows its largest growth market is among the Hispanic community -- a good reason the store chain is are paying “Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara $8 million to become the new “face” of Wal-Mart.

THIS ’N’ THAT: Thanks to the ratings success Bristol Palin brought to “Dancing With the Stars” this season, word has it the show’s producers have made preliminary overtures to her dad, Todd Palin. Another solid GOP name being bandied about: political commentator Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain. … Sources from the Kennedy Center Honors events last weekend tell me those engagement rumors about Paul McCartney and longtime girlfriend Nancy Shevell — who was very much at his side the entire time in D.C. — are flying again.

WEDDING BELLS: Congrats to former Chicago talk show host Danny Bonaduce, who quietly made longtime girlfriend Amy Railsback his third wife Nov. 22 in Hawaii. Railsback approached the “Par­tridge Family” star three years ago in a coffee shop — telling him she was a fan of his “Breaking Bonaduce,” which focused on his rocky relationship with his second wife, Gretchen.

SIGHT SEEN: When “Million Dollar Quartet” cast members David Lago, Lance Lipinsky and Kelly Lamont dined at Gibsons on Rush, the steakery’s mainstay Kathy O’Malley Piccone immediately recognized them — not surprising since she’s seen the hit show three times and is a huge fan. That all led to a post-dinner “Quartet” sing-along in Gibsons’ bar — with restaurant patrons joyfully joining in until 1:30 in the morning! … Matt Damon took a break from filming “Contagion” to watch “Monday Night Football” at Jack Melnick’s on Superior.



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