MTV had warned and even threatened to replace The Situation, who's currently in rehab for prescription drug addiction, more than once for excessive drinking.
According to sources cited by TMZ, producers from MTV and 495 Productions sat Situation (Mike Sorrentino) down initially while filming Season 2 back in 2010.
Even on a series revolving around insane partying and banging each other 24/7/365, they felt that Mike's drinking had become a problem for the show.
Sitch promised to pull himself together, allegedly, but during Season 3, producers had to speak with him again, this time threatening to replace him.
Mike then showed promise in Italy during Season 4, but once the crew got back to the States for the just-completed Season 5, he was back to his old ways.
Possibly acting more erratic and ridiculous than ever, come to think of it.
This prompted another sit-down and another threat of recasting, but the message got through this time, as The Situation's in rehab and sobering up.
Of course, that now gives MTV and 495 a different problem, given that the premise of the show the cast's insane partying and banging of each other.
Hence the reports that Jersey Shore may be phasing out The Situation (and pregnant Snooki) in the coming season ... which the network has denied.
What do you think? Would you watch JS sans Snook & Sitch?