Maybe right now you are sitting in front of your computer at a job you don't particularly care for but are desperate to keep because of the economy. Sure, the pay is for crap, but you get some insurance and you don't have to work weekends. Or, maybe you are at home and unemployed and wondering how you are going to make ends meet this month. Maybe you are at home with the kids wondering if your significant other is going to be laid off.
So, to ease your pain you turn on the television and The Hills is on. In fact just this past weekend I think they had a Hills marathon to get everyone ready for the next season. Have you sat there and looked at them and wondered just how much they are getting paid? Well, The Daily Beast found out how much each cast member is making. The least any regular on the show makes is $65,000 an episode. Yes, for having no skill at all and making no contribution to society other than annoying us, the minimum anyone makes on that show in one week is more than what 75% of the people in the US make in a year. This is not about talent or a skill like acting. It is just someone who was good looking in high school and MTV decided they fit the bill. No different from Real World just shot differently. The most anyone makes on the show? Lauren Conrad was making the most. She was making $125K an episode or $2.5M a year and she walked away from it this year. How much is she making in other promotional events that she can walk away from $2.5M a year? It won't last. She will come back. The current leader in salaries is Audrina Patridge who makes about $100K an episode.
Shoot me now.