How much reality TV superstars would earn if they hadn't made it big

Reality show stars are demanding lots more money as their celebrity skyrockets, threatening the original low-budget ideal of the productions, according to The New York Times. But these days, what Snooki wants, Snooki gets.

A holdout of Jersey Shore cast members reportedly resulted in an almost 800% raise per episode. The Real Housewives on Bravo's multi-city franchise are also earning much more, with New York City housewife Bethenny Frankel even spinning off her own show.

Bad behavior and a super-sized sense of entitlement have made some of the women into household names. Maybe they need a reminder of where they come from. Or more accurately, what they made. Everybody had a day job once. Let's compare what these love-'em-or-hate-'em reality gals earn -- then and now.


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