What Do Reality TV Stars Make, Anyway?

After the premiere of VH1’s “Sex Rehab,” I found myself thinking one thing: How much did folks get paid to be on this show, cause I certainly hope it’s a whole heck of a lot. Ask and ye shall receive—a day later, I have my answer. Comedian Artie Lange, a former heroin and cocaine addict, has revealed to the NY Post that he was offered $200K to go on “Celebrity Rehab.” He turned the offer down. “They said it was about me getting better, but if I relapsed, they’re not going to air that?” he said. “My mother knows I’ve done coke, but she’s never seen me do it.” Still, that is a lot of dough we’re talking about. After the jump, let’s see how that compares to what others get for starring in reality shows. [TV.com]

  • European production company, Eyeworks, has supposedly agreed to pay the 14 children of OctoMom Nadya Suleman $125,000 for 36 days of shooting their forthcoming reality show. [The Count]
  • “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell allegedly banked $36 million last year. And this year he’s said to be negotiating for an extensive raise. [ABC]
  • MTV reportedly paid Ozzy and family $5K each per episode for the first season of “The Osbournes.” For the second, they each got a ginormous raise—to $5 million per episode. Aw, I miss that show! [MSNBC]
  • Kristin Cavallari supposedly gets $63K per episode of “The Hills.” Meanwhile, Heidi Montag denies making $100,000 per episode.
  • “The Real Housewives of New York City” stars were reportedly negotiating for six-figure salaries for the upcoming season. That just doesn’t seem fair though, because they have all those fabulous New York sample sales that save them money already. [Reality TV World]
  • The unit that is composed of Jon and Kate Gosselin earned about $75,000 per episode, for “John and Kate Plus 8,” and I guess most of that should go to buying school shoes. [Extra]
  • “Dancing With the Stars” contestant Shawn Johnson got $125,000 for signing on for the show. She seemed to think that the base pay, plus $50K bonuses, was worth her time, unlike Nick Lachey. [EW]

What do you think—are they all getting what they’re worth?