'DWTS' Salaries Don't Even Begin to Justify All That Hard Work

DWTSMargaret Cho was once a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, and now she is tearing the lid off the secret of the show: the "stars" who perform on it make $200,000 and the one who wins receives a $100,000 bonus. Meanwhile, the pros? Get about half that.

Pretty messed up, no? The stars make bank and the pros make half of that? Hmmm ... that just seems not right.

Granted, the show is WORK. It's a lot of work. It's long rehearsals and commitment and all day at the studio. It's missed family time and exhausting routines and injury and risk. Hell, when you think about it, $200,000 seems like too little, no? How much do stars on sitcoms get?

One of the reasons reality shows have thrived in recent years is that they are cheap to produce. They can pay the "stars" small amounts of cash and, with good ratings, can take it all to the bank.

But that seems unfair, no? Reality shows make as much as any other show and they cost less to produce, so pay your employees! Maybe $200,000 seems like a lot, but for what they do? It's really not.

This season, it seems like Shawn Johnson may take the mirrorball. But for $300,000, I am not sure it's worth it. She may have been better off doing a Wheaties commercial! Besides, she is a talented woman with a lot of other ways to make money. Dancing With the Stars ought to pay what they make. After all, it must be in the millions.

A show that makes millions and only pays their employees a couple hundred thousand ought to rethink their strategy. Of course the next question is: Do some stars make more than others? Hmmm. Maybe. And if so, then people should REALLY be mad.

Come on ABC! They shimmy and shake their money makers for you. Now pay them more.

Do you think $200K is enough?


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Wendy Hanson

what are you talking about?

nonmember avatar Lexi jordan

No they shouldn't make more. Most of the "stars" are making decent money to begin with and the show just bolsters their image/popularity which can potential open doors that provide more money to them. As for the pros making less, well duh! They aren't the main draw and can always be replaced by other pro dancers.

peanu... peanutsmommy1

I make $19,000 a year, I would be happy to make $200,000 for a few weeks work.....


Lynnia Hume Clark

I absolutely DO NOT think that is enough money,ESPECIALLY for the pro's who are the sole reason the show is such a success. That and the fantastic band. After all these seasons they could definately be paying more, not nice ABC.

Elle Carson

Isn't the show only like 3 months...or less? These are usually B, C and D list celebrities we are talkin about here. The pros should get the same as the celebs though.

Lisa Coto

200k is outragous. Its not like they are out saving the world! And 100K for the pro's is fairly good pay. I work my butt off and miss time with my family for work too and make pennies compared to their pay.

Mj Clement

 what salary do the judges and the hosts get???

Barbara White

they already make too damn much money already.. Instead of winning that money why don't they donate it they sure as hell don't need it, Except for the pros they need the money.

Carla Delaine Shoemake Sandlin

I think that the pros should make more money than the stars they are c and D list stars. Don't get me wrong i like this show but that almost makes me want to boycott it. Them getting good publicity should be pay enough when most of these stars are D list anyway!

James Webster

Pros should get the same or more than the cleb's  . . . The first week everyone gets the same and each week you survive the elimination the other contestants split the fees for those who have left  . . That way the longer you stay on the show the more you make. 

The next show should be dancing with the great pros of the past to give a documentary abut the history of the dances

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