Furious 'The Only Way Is Essex' stars are only being paid £80 per day.
Although the cast from the reality TV programme have received an increase of £30 from their previous daily rate of £50, they have been forced to sign contracts which stipulate they must hand over a huge chunk of their earnings for up to four months after they leave the show.
Cast members including James 'Arg' Argent, Lauren Goodger and Lydia Bright were threatened with being axed if they did not sign the contracts.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "A lot of the stars were furious and threatened a walkout which would have sent the show into chaos. Many went to seek legal advice."
Meanwhile, Jessica Wright has a new boyfriend.
The 26-year-old star is dating semi-professional footballer John Docker and show bosses are keen to sign him up.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "He's from Epping and the two of them have been together for around two months. Jess has been flirting with co-star Ricky Rayment but she's definitely more into John. Producers are keen to write him into the show but he hasn't agreed yet."