The stars of "Party Down South," who demanded $7,500 per episode to participate in season two, are waving the white flag and going forward with the popular show despite CMT's refusal to pay them more.
The attractive 20-something cast, comprised of Josh Murray, Lyle Boudreaux, Ryan "Daddy" Richards, Walt Windham, Lauren White, Mattie Breaux, Taylor "Lil Bit" Wright and Tiffany Heinen, demanded a big bump in pay from the $500 per episode they made during season one, TMZ reported.
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The stars pushed their luck as the show's finale will air on Thursday. The show, from the creators of MTV's "Jersey Shore," is CMT's top-rated series, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
"Party Down South" puts eight young Southerners in a South Carolina party house.
"The concept seemed ready-made to provide grist for 'The Soup,' and it did," The Times-Picayune reported. "But it also quickly grew into a hit. By the season's fourth episode, it had become CMT’s best-rated series ever, drawing more than 1 million total viewers and performing especially well with young female viewers and online audiences via digital clips and replays at CMT.com."
Despite the casts' demands for higher pay, CMT would not budge, claiming the cast had already signed on for season two and agreed to the former pay scale.
"CMT dangled a carrot, promising bigger paychecks in Season 3. Note to cast: That's the oldest trick in the book," TMZ reported.
Like "Jersey Shore," many consider the series to be raunchy and explicit. USA Today reported earlier this month
that producers were forced to pull out of Pensacola, Fla. for the filming of season two, after locals shunned the production.
Pensacola hotelier Julian MacQueen pulled out of a near $1 million deal to provide the series with rooms along Pensacola Beach at the Hampton Inn, Hilton and Holiday Inn Resort.
"It was really an image thing," MacQueen told USA Today. "We spent millions and millions of dollars investing in an image for Pensacola Beach that gets away from the whole Redneck Riviera crap. I hate that image. That's not who we are. All you have to do is watch a trailer of the reality show and realize it will undo everything we've been trying to put together."
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