MTV is taking a "take it or leave it" approach with The cast of Jersey Shore, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
The cast's original all-for-one, one-for-all contract status had fallen apart and MTV had given the show's stars until last Friday to individually negotiate new deals, a source close to the cast tells RadarOnline.com.
"None of them did. So when the 16th passed and there were no new deals, MTV took the position that all the cast's original contracts were still in force at their $10,000 an episode fee."
The cast was ordered to return to work Monday, or else. "The 'or else' part is that if they don't come back to work tomorrow, it goes to legal," the source explains.
A big part of the controversy stems from the fact that the cast's original two-season deal became muddied when MTV decided to break season 2 into two parts, which they are contractually calling "cycle" 2A and 2B.
"MTV is taking the position that they are still in season 2, even though the cast may look at it as season 3 and therefore not covered by their existing deals," the source explains.
Angelina has already been dumped from the cast. She told RadarOnline.com exclusively that working conditions on the show "sucked."
Working Conditions On Jersey Shore "Sucked," Says Dumped Angelina
This is about as real as Jersey Shore has ever been!