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Only in Hollywood would someone think that was small change. Maybe Howard Stern forgot about all those lowly radio jobs he had starting out? If you're forced to appear on Dancing with the Stars then you're not exactly an A-list celebrity.

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CALL it, "Dancing with the Cheapskates."

It turns out that ABC's pistol-hot ballroom reality show, "Dancing with
the Stars," pays its celebrity contestants a relative pittance - at
least in terms of network TV salaries.

"It's kind of ridiculous," says last year's winner, Drew Lachey. "In
terms of TV and for the ratings that the show gets, it's ridiculous."

There have been quiet rumblings from the stars of the good-time dancing
show about its low salaries - after the show became a phenomenal hit
last summer.

But the issue came to a head of sorts yesterday when Howard Stern
revealed on his Sirius satellite radio show that girlfriend-model Beth
Ostrosky was asked to appear on the show next fall and what producers
were offering to pay her.

He read extensively on the air from her proposed contract.

At most, the celebrity contestants take home around $245,000 for eight
weeks of work, according to the contract.

If the show is stretched to nine weeks - for an extra recap show, for
instance - whoever is left snags an extra $50,000.

Just for appearing on "Dancing," all the contestants are paid a base of
$125,000 for the first two weeks of the show and are given about
$20,000 each week after, until they are voted off.

All in all, the celebrity payroll for the entire season is around $1.8
million.

Just for reference, Ray Romano - the highest-paid TV star of all time -
took home nearly $2.3 million per episode last year for "Everybody
Loves Raymond." And "Dancing" had a bigger audience.

ABC officials said the network does not comment on contractual matters.

Despite the money, Lachey says he is not complaining.

"It's absolutely opened all these doors for me," he says.

For instance, Lachey will be co-hosting the Miss USA Pageant on NBC
Friday night.
"I would tell her [Ostrosky] to do it," says Lachey. "I was in kind of
a similar situation - people would say, 'Drew Lachey, brother of
[Jessica Simpson's ex-husband] Nick Lachey,' and now people are asking
Nick what's going on in my life."
 

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Bocephus Jones II said:
Only in Hollywood would someone think that was small change. Maybe Howard Stern forgot about all those lowly radio jobs he had starting out? If you're forced to appear on Dancing with the Stars then you're not exactly an A-list celebrity.

http://www.nypost.com/entertainment/64662.htm
It's really sad when a big name celebrity like the brother of the husband of Jessica can't get paid like a ne'er-do-well schlub like Ray Romano. :rolleyes:
 

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It's really sad when a big name celebrity like the brother of the husband of Jessica can't get paid like a ne'er-do-well schlub like Ray Romano. :rolleyes:
I know, I just do not know what this country is coming to. This outrage has to be the single greatest catestrophe to hit America ever.
 

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Personally, I'm fond of the MSN link I saw in Hotmail the other day. I didn't open it, but apparently it was a list of the must underpaid and overpaid players in baseball. Uh, last time I gave that any thought, they were ALL overpaid.
 

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well ole Kenny Boy at enron

was earning around $30,769 per hour.(based on 40 hr weeks) or $7,306 hr (based on 24 hrs a day clock. He bought some annuities so that he and his wife are guaranteed $43K plus and $32K plus a month for after the $hit hits the fan.
 
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