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The Garden State has a message for Jersey Shore: Stay out!

Jersey Shore quotes are hilarious, yes. But are they even organically grown? Are we watching bona fide Jersey-ites or just a bunch of d-bag posers run amok?

The second season premieres Thursday in Miami before returning to the glorious paradise of Seaside Heights ... whose residents might prefer they not.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could not accurately be counted among fans of The Situation, Snooki, J-Woww & Co. He said as much on ABC's This Week.

Mauling Pauly D

NOT FROM JERSEY: He's not, and the governor wants people to realize that what we see on Jersey Shore is not reflective of his state. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

His take on it is that the series "takes a bunch of New Yorkers, drops them at the Jersey Shore and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey."

He's kind of right. Pauly D hails from Rhode Island, Snooki from downstate New York, Ronnie the Bronx, The Situation and Vinny from Staten Island.

The Governor isn't the only one upset with the show either.

Last December, the New Jersey Italian American Legislative Caucus says the show is "wildly offensive" and promotes derogatory ethnic stereotypes.

Again, not incorrect. But do we care? Is it all in good fun?

Follow the jump to see the N.J. Governor's criticism ...

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The Jersey Shore salary controversy seems to have dissipated as quickly as it arose in the first place, with new reports saying the whole cast has re-signed.

A rep for the network confirmed Tuesday that all principal castmates have inked new contracts to shoot the show's third season, save for Angelina Pivarnick.

Who? Oh, right, the quote-unquote Kim Kardashian of Staten Island who bailed after one episode last season, then came back, then evidently flaked again.

Oh well. Guess she couldn't hang with the wild times of Snooki, J-Woww, The Situation and friends, who will now bank an impressive $30,000 per episode.

That's up from $5,000 per episode in Season One.

Guido? You Know!

FIST-PUMP: They're back in business, baby!

"MTV is pleased that the Jersey Shore cast will be returning to Seaside Heights to continue production on Season Three," the network said in a statement.

"Not only have they become a part of the MTV family, but fans worldwide have fallen in love with them. Stay tuned for Jersey Shore Season 2 on July 29."

MTV had quite the situation on its hands, as Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Co. demanded a giant raise before allowing cameras to follow their awesome lives.

The Situation was the first to re-sign. The rest followed.

All water under the polluted bridge now. Let the Jersey Shore quotes, club-hopping, fist-pumping, hair-oiling, fake-tanning and boardwalk brawling begin.

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Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is seen as a diva by many.

She says it's not true, but other cast members may still be jealous.

"Myself, Pauly, Vinny and Jenny [J-Woww], we've all stayed the same," Snooki says in the new issue of Steppin' Out. "We're the closest friends in the house."

"I trust them with my life... It hasn't gotten to our heads."

But Snook points out that herself and The Situation have become more in demand as celebs, which might foster resentment with the Sammis of the world.

SNOOKIMANIA: It's no Bieber Fever, but it's pretty big.

"I know the others want the same opportunities that Mike and I get, but we don’t control those things," she says. "I can understand why the others might be jealous. They aren't doing anything, but they should still be happy for me."

Snooki does lament her newfound fame to a degree.

"I miss my old life," she sighs. "I miss being able to be around my family and at home. I miss going out with my friends and going out to a bar. I can't do that anymore. When I try to do that, I get attacked by the fans."

Sometimes literally.

"I won't open up to anyone," she says, "except my best friend who I've known since I was 2 years old and my family and management team. That's it."

Production on Seasons 2-3 of Jersey Shore came screeching to a halt as Snooki and her pals threatened to go on strike, but it's all good now. Fist-pump!

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Mike Sorrentino is taking control of the situation. Pun ... intended!

Perhaps the best known member of the Jersey Shore cast has signed a deal for a third season. Now his goal is to get the rest of his raise-seeking crew on board.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, all eight of the principal stars were close to signing new contracts today after initially asking for $30,000 per episode.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "JWoww" Farley and the rest of their partners in crime made $5,000 an episode in Season 1 and $10,000 per for Season 2.

Considering the first season was only nine episodes, that really wasn't that much. Season 2 will feature a robust 24 episodes, giving the cast a big raise.

Yet they wanted more still, and it looks like they'll get it.

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No word if The Sitch's contract has a steroids clause. As in he must use them.

MTV released the following statement: "We don't comment on any contractual conversations. Season 2 premieres July 29 and production is on schedule."

Rest assured, The Situation is already ahead of schedule. Rumor has it he was offered a one-time $60,000-$180,000 bonus to sign on for Season 3 and 4.

The network supposedly thinks The Situation, Snooki, and Pauly D are the only three non-expendable stars, but hopefully the gang will remain intact.

"Mike has been packed and ready to go for days for Jersey Shore 3 and is excited to move forward with the shooting," his manager said in a statement.

"After hearing there was a rumored strike, Mike decided in order to get Season 3 done, he was going to have to lead the pack and wants to encourage the rest of his cast to follow his lead and return for another amazing season of Jersey Shore."

"Mike is confident the rest of the cast will rally around him as they have in the past. The Situation has always been respected and well-liked by the entire cast. He felt that he could break the stalemate by putting these rumors to rest."

Ever-altruistic, and always a leader.

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The Jersey Shore cast is so upset with its contracts that most or all of the guidos may refuse to fist-pump for a third season until they get paid more by MTV.

They were supposed to begin shooting "at home" scenes today for season three, but J-Woww, Ronnie, Sammi, Pauly D and Vinny apparently said no way.

The status of The Situation and Snooki is unclear. The bottom line is that the cast feels it can make more money doing appearances than filming the show.

The gang feels that its current deal, for $10K/episode, was only supposed to cover Season 2 of Jersey Shore only, and wants to renegotiate for Season 3.

How does MTV feel about all this?

Jersey Shore Cast on the Beach

Live together, die alone ... or something.

Signals are conflicting. The producers of Jersey Shore think "the show is not about famous rich people with managers" at the shore and may cut the cord.

495 Productions would like to keep a few cast members - The Situation, Snooki and Pauly D - but they think that the strike by the cast is the last straw.

Other reports suggest that in fact, The Situation is being tempted with a new contract that would pay him more than other stars - who are now pissed.

The network brass is toying with replacing all or some of the original cast members with new blood, although this idea has its share of detractors, too.

The problem for the network? Sources say MTV thinks they have "magic in a bottle" with this particular group and wants to keep the cast wholly intact.

Would you watch Jersey Shore with a new cast?

 

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Get ready to beat up the beat.

Snooki and J-Woww, a.k.a. Nicole Polizzi and Jenni Farley, a.k.a. the really short, orange girl and the behemoth with the enormous fake boobs from Jersey Shore, posed for the cameras at the Jersey Shore Soundtrack Album Release Party this week.

That's gonna be an awesome soundtrack, for sure ... this gang requires the right kind of tunes to go absolutely wild on the boardwalk. Which they will do again, beginning July 29 on MTV (follow the link to peep the Jersey Shore Season 2 trailer).

The real question, of course, is ...

Snooki and Jenni

Who would you rather ...

 

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If you've seen him on TV, you know he's not exactly dying to be exclusive with anyone. But that doesn't mean Mike Sorrentino isn’t looking around for love.

But what exactly is The Situation looking for?

Jersey Shore Homies

“I’m a Cancer and I’m Italian,” he said at the launch of NoX Edge, the workout steroid supplement. “I like to take care of people and do nice things. It doesn’t matter if her hair is blonde or brown, but she must be giving and generous, like myself.”

“Looks are big,” Mike concedes, while evaluating any romantic options.

Maybe for long-term prospects, anyway. Dude hooked up with Snooki.

Can you resist a piece of this? Think about it, this display was during a red carpet appearance ... it's as clothed as you'll ever see him. Talk about a Situation!

Sorrentino notes that the ideal woman goes deeper than the surface elements of romance, although she does have to work well with him and his lifestyle.

“I’m the type of person that’s open, whatever happens, happens,” The Situation says. “Ultimately, she’s just got to work well with the way I live my life."

"I need a girl who knows a relationship is 50-50.”

But he cautions that if certain boundaries are overstepped, he's outta here: “If she’s bossy, controlling or high maintenance, those are dealbreakers for me.”

Jersey Shore premieres July 29. Check out the Season 2 trailer!

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The Situation. J-Woww. Ronnie. Pauly D. Snooki. Sammi. Vinny. That random chick who bailed in the first episode last season but apparently is back now.

The Jersey Shore cast, in all its fake-tanned, steroid-bound glory, returns in its entirety for an all-new season of debauchery on MTV beginning July 29.

A good thing, too - they definitely don't get enough publicity as it is.

We can only imagine what the final tallies for shots taken, police reports filed and bodies cold-cocked on the boardwalk will be in Season 2, starting in Miami.

If there's a city hot enough to handle this collection of hotheads, it's the South Florida paradise, to which the gang road trips to kick off the season.

Then it's back to the northeast once the weather warms up, much to the chagrin of the Garden State, which probably wishes it could revoke visas or something.

Without further ado, here's the Jersey Shore Season 2 trailer. Or as we like to call it, with a nod to Star Wars, Jersey Shore Episode II: Return of the Guidos ...

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Earlier this year, we told you Jersey Shore was looking for a new crop of fake-tanned faces to integrate with or flat-out replace its familiar, fake-tanned ones.

Now it looks like a four and four scenario: Four stay, four go. Then Ronnie hops in a 4x4 and raises all sorts of hell when he realizes he's just gotten a pink slip.

That's the rumor. MTV sources say this season's footage of Ronnie Magro, Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino and Angelina Pivarnick has been "underwhelming."

At least according to the network brass. As for replacing them for Season 3, one source said, "They should be very worried." No fist-pumping for you, Ron-Ron.

As for The Situation, Snooki, Pauly D and JWoww, they're reportedly sold for next season, and may be melded with a fresh group of guidos/ettes at that time.

This in spite of The Situation's diva-like antics. Guy brings in viewers!

Jersey Shore Cast Pic

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If you thought his attempt at rap was difficult to stomach, sources on the set of Jersey Shore say The Situation's diva-like antics are making him a pain to deal with.

The Sitch (Mike Sorrentino) has become an egomaniac convinced he knows more about making a hit show than the producers or MTV - and he's calling the shots.

As one source summed up the matter of the Staten Island gym manager, "It's gotten ridiculous. If we tell [Mike] not to cross the street, he will. He just defies us."

Moreover, the producers are trying to keep the cast real, despite the guys and girls being quasi-celebrities at this point, and that task is hardest with The Situation.

Angelina and The Situation

Jersey Shore's The Situation with Angelina (the random girl who left).

They don't want the Jersey Shore cast members making deals on the phone, bragging to others about their fame or their wallet, etc. - and he's out of control.

As a result, a lot of what's shot is unusable, because it doesn't even resemble a reality show - and that's not even what's getting to the MTV producers most.

Once a week, the cast is given time to deal with personal business deals off camera. Mike is on the phone all the time, 'cause he thinks peeps wanna see this.

You could say it's become a bit of a frustrating ... Situation.

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