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Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is being taunted at clubs for being sober as he films Season 6 of the MTV show, reports say.

It was a wild weekend for the cast - Deena Cortese got arrested on Sunday for disorderly conduct - and the gang also got into a big bar fight.

But The Situation, who checked into rehab earlier this year because he was battling a prescription pill problem, is battling some issues as well.

Sober Situation

Sitch denies he has an alcohol problem, which has been widely reported, but whether he does or not, he hasn't been drinking in Seaside.

That's been fodder for the peanut gallery every night of the week.

"Mike has been consistently taunted by other club goers for not drinking," a show insider says. "[Situation] has been handling it pretty well but it does get embarrassing and awkward for him to consistently be harassed for it."

"Mike was being heckled Friday before the fight broke out. It's been harder for him to deal with because his sobriety is still rather new. However, Mike absolutely hasn't been drinking or taking pills and is committed to sobriety."

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Is the Jersey Shore cast, which just started filming Season 6, staying off the sauce to stand in solidarity with pregnant Snooki and newly-detoxed Situation?

The gang hit up a bar last night in their first outing of the summer, and while Sitch was there, he reportedly didn't have anything to drink. Willpower, dog!

The Situation has said he was not in rehab for alcohol, but his trip to Cirque Lodge was indeed for both prescription drugs (which he admits) and alcohol.

The Jersey Shore Cast Photo

The crazy part is that not only did The Situation (and a pregnant Snooki) abstain from alcohol, the entire cast did as well, in an apparent show of support.

Very cool of them if so, but obviously it's a huge contrast from prior seasons.

After all, this crew is famous for a show revolving around getting drunk and hooking up, and makes you wonder if the show has lived past its shelf life.

Incidentally, they went to the bar where Snooki got punched in Season 1.

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When Jersey Shore returns this summer, it'll be a very different Situation.

Now on the road to recovery, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is opening up for the first time about his stint in rehab earlier this year in an interview.

He comes clean in the sit-down about the root of his problems.

Sitch-uation

"My addiction was prescription painkillers. At first, I thought it gave me energy, helped me," he tells MTV. "Being in this business is not easy. I made a mistake by picking a substance over what I previously chose, which is fitness."

Mike adds that he never had a problem with alcohol or cocaine and even says he was barely drunk on the show ... a dubious claim, but still.

"You can't get girls if you can't speak to them," Situation says.

Mike says despite some of their epic fights, the cast has all been supportive: "At the end of the day, all the kids care for each other," he says.

Sitch says he will be back this summer and fist pumping like a fiend at Karma. As for his pregnant co-star, Snooki's getting her own house.

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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's ... The Situation.

According to Wizard World Inc., the Jersey Shore star has signed a publishing, development and appearance deal to create and publish a comic book based on Sitch.

"MPS Entertainment and I are thrilled about our new relationship with Wizard World. I grew up reading comic books and now I get a chance to star in my own. I can't wait for everyone to see what we are working on," said Sitch, a.k.a. Mike Sorrentino.

Situation on Our Hands

We know, we thought this was a joke at first too.

Added John Macaluso, the CEO of Wizard World:

"Wizard World is so excited to partner with one of pop culture's greatest stars. Mike will broaden our relationships with celebrities to new areas that leverage our access to the media, the fans, and especially our ability to bring comic book characters to life."

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Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is out of rehab and ready to roll.

The Jersey Shore star, who was battling a prescription drug problem, has completed his treatment program at Cirque Lodge in Utah and claims he is rejuvenated.

“The Situation is home! I just want to thank everyone for their support and words of encouragement,” he tweeted. “I'm back stronger and better than ever!”

We Gots a Situation

Sorrentino voluntarily checked himself into the Utah rehab center for several weeks. He's admitted to excessive use of Xanax and Ambien, but not alcohol.

Reports say Mike's drinking problem, combined with the prescription drug issue, were leading him down a dark path in a hurry and led him to get help for it.

It's unclear if Mike has quit drinking for good, but we'll find out soon enough. The sixth season of Jersey Shore is scheduled to start filming this summer.

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The Situation has been discharged from the Cirque Lodge rehab center in Utah, where he was receiving treatment for substance abuse, according to reports.

Now the real test for the Jersey Shore star ... STAYING clean.

Sitch, a.k.a. Mike Sorrentino, checked in to the famous clinic weeks ago. Clearly he tried to keep it on the DL, but after the story leaked, he admitted he had to "get control of a prescription medication problem I had due to exhaustion."

Contemplative Sitch

The Situation's drinking problem, while never addressed by the star, was also said to have become a problem multiple times over the course of five seasons.

It's unclear if he's quit boozing for good, but if so, that's going to be quite a twist for a reality show predicated around binge drinking and subsequent boning.

Hence the rumors that Jersey Shore may be phasing out Situation (and pregnant Snooki) after the new season, which they are both set to film this summer.

We know Snooki will cut a bitch if you mess with her kid ... but a pregnant girl in the Shore house? With a sober Mike? Can that really make for quality TV?

Tell us: Would you watch Jersey Shore without Snook and Mike?

 

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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.

Mike The Situation Photo

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?

 

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With Snooki pregnant and engaged (!) and The Situation in rehab, the producers of Jersey Shore are obviously concerned. For the stars, sure, but mostly for the show.

Apparently they are worried the show will lose its edge - being a show about a bunch of drunk, sex-crazed rowdies - and are looking to phase the two out.

Newer, crazier cast members are apparently being sought.

  • Snooki Promo Pic
  • Yeah We Got a Situation!

MTV released a statement earlier this week, after Mike admitted his substance abuse problem, claiming it expects the entire cast to return for Season 6.

However, sources close to 495 Productions say the company is quite concerned about the recent events and wants to keep things fresh above all else.

If that means bringing in new JS cast members to help transition the show into a new generation, while still keeping old fans hooked, then so be it.

495 plans to limit Snooki and Situation's roles on the new season, giving the new cast members more screen time instead. Filming begins this summer.

Would you watch Jersey Shore without Snooki and Mike?

 

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Jersey Shore has been in the news a lot lately for reasons having nothing to do with the show, making last night's reunion special feel a bit pointless.

With Snooki pregnant and Mike in rehab, the two top stories among MTV's band of guidos are playing out in real life, not in front of reality TV cameras.

Still, the gang assembled for a postmortem of sorts in the aftermath of the fifth season, which ended last week. And there certainly a lot to discuss.

Jersey Shore Season Five Cast

Highlights from the Jersey Shore reunion special included:

  • Snooki continuing to deny servicing Mike, saying, "If I was that horny, I'd just go to my room and masturbate." Sitch also stood his ground: "I'm not a liar, I'm not. And I'm not gonna be made out to look like one, that's it." 
  • Mike was again dubbed the villain of the house, after which he said he felt emotional and left out. JWoww suggested that he apologize for the shady things he's done, but Mike instead walked off set. Way to go man.
  • JWoww convinced him to com back out, and Mike did apologize. Aww.
  • BFFs Pauly and Vinny reminisced about pranks, stalkers and the like.
  • JWoww is still happy in love with Roger Williams.
  • Snooki is, of course, still with Jionni LaValle.
  • Ronnie Magro and Sammi Giancola are no longer in a relationship because their "schedules became hectic." As for who ended it? Mixed messages.

Just a few months until Jersey Shore season six films!

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is in rehab for his prescription drug problem and his former Jersey Shore co-star, Angelina Pivarnick, is not the least bit surprised.

Or particularly sympathetic, apparently.

Ange, who quit the show in each of its first two seasons (for good the second time around), slammed Sitch to the New York Post, terming him “Popeye on crack.”

Angelina and The Situation

“When he was on the show, he got in trouble for prescription pills," she added, saying he's dabbled in drugs for a while. "We were filming in a club in Miami."

"One of the producers said, ‘Hey what was that?’ He had to give them up.”

Asked if The Situation has a drug problem, his rep directed us to his Facebook page, where he came clean about the issue after some initially vague denials.

TMZ first reported that Mike was in rehab. He's now confirmed that.

“I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem I had due to exhaustion,” he wrote, thanking his fans for their support.