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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.

  • Situation Pic
  • Situation Shirtless

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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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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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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We were just thinking that The Situation from Jersey Shore needed to embark on a rap career and release a song called "The Situation" when lo and behold!

The hot track hits iTunes next week. The Sitch knows a thing or two about wife-beaters, but his beats? Would you call them ill - or will they simply make you ill?

A collaboration with Fatman Scoop, DJ Class, The Disco Fries, the song may be one of the worst attempts at music in history even after all the sound effects.

But who are we to judge? Take a listen and vote for yourself:

What do you think of The Situation's attempt at rap?

 

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The Situation from Jersey Shore needs to keep his shirt on, lest local police be forced to break up riots on the boardwalk. Talk about guns that need registration!

Seriously, though. The Sitch (real name Mike Sorrentino) was ordered to cover up last weekend after cops were concerned that his skin flashing could spark fights.

Police legitimately fear that The Situation shirtless may cause a large crowd to get violent. Not a bad bet, but imagine if this were Ronnie Magro after 8-10 drinks.

It all went down at the Aztec Ocean Resort in Seaside Heights, N.J., where the gang is back after a stint in Miami, and 3,000 people had gathered on the streets.

The occasion: Watching The Situation dance on a hotel balcony.

The Situation Underwear Photo

You can see how this right here could cause pandemonium.

According to the Seaside Heights Chief of Police, peeps were being and shoved in the crowd so hard that the Chief personally asked the Jersey Shore star to cover up and possibly tone it down before the crowd got completely out of control.

The Chief said later that The Situation totally understood and even put his shirt back on, but if you think this is the last you've seen of him shirtless, think again!

We hope this was caught on video. The Jersey Shore quotes would be priceless. We're also glad it wasn't Snooki dancing on a balcony. No one needs to see that.

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Yesterday, the ladies of Jersey Shore classed up Harper's Bazaar.

The men cannot say the same in their Interview Magazine shoot.

Famed celebrity photo taker Terry Richardson was enlisted to capture the essence of tanned, toned cast in images that will captivate fans for generations.

Here's the famed DJ Pauly D putting the G in GTL ...

Pauly D Pumps You Up

They did a nice job airbrushing out the needle marks.

Pauly D, a.k.a. Paul DelVecchio is also seen showing off his Italian pride, tattoos, and vintage Versace underwear. Repulsed or turned on? You tell us!

Other photos feature The Situation doing what he does second best after creepin' on skanks - tanning. Finally, the four guys tag team a serious sub.

Click to enlarge photos of America's favorite guidos ...

  • The Situation and Mike Sorrentino
  • Blow Dry
  • Mike Nerds Out
  • Serious Length
  • Pauly D Tattoos
  • The Situation Underwear Photo
  • Hair Dryin'
  • Pauly D Snackin'

[Photos: Interview Magazine]

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The cast of MTV's Jersey Shore has brought its GTL, bed-hopping, first-pumping antics to Miami's South Beach for Season 2, but that's just the beginning.

Lest you thought Seaside Heights, N.J., was a thing of the past, the gang will be returning to the Garden State - in the very same house - don't you worry.

They just got a jump on Season 2 in Miami because of the weather.

"Once the boardwalk heats back up, the series will return to the Jersey Shore to complete the season," MTV said, noting that the season starts July 29.

The Cast of Jersey Shore

All the lovable guidos and guidettes will beat up the beat again: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Sammi Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Vinny Guadagnino.

Also returning? Angelina Pivarnick, a.k.a. the random girl who bailed after like one episode, and a.k.a. Kim Kardashian of Staten Island (self-proclaimed).

The network is also exploring adding new cast members to the second season or more likely the third season of the surprise reality hit. Filming dates in Seaside are July 1-September 19, so it looks like a third season is in the works.

"It's like a big family reunion," said Tony DiSanto, MTV's president of programming. "We couldn't be more excited that the whole group is together in Miami and that they'll be going back to Jersey when the sun heats up."

Also heating up? Tempers. MTV worries that more peeps will pick fights with Snooki, Ronnie and company just to get on TV (the stars will likely oblige).

The network has requested additional police presence for the cast. According to the Seaside Heights P.D., MTV wants 8-10 off-duty officers - their tab.

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There's no mistaking the male Jersey Shore cast members, sporting matching black tank tops and officially putting the G in GTL in their new Miami digs this week.

Being filmed going to the gym during the day and getting bombed at night, whilst bringing home whatever trash bags they please. Talk about living the dream.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Vinny Guadagnino, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, and Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio worked out during filming for the show's second season.

Here's the gang strutting its 'roided-up stuff:

ALL SMILES: What's not to love about this lifestyle?

Their GTL dream may be fulfilled every morning, but one other change this season beyond the fact that Jersey Shore no longer takes place on the Jersey Shore:

No grenades.

That's right, only hot chicks will be allowed at the Jersey Shore house in South Beach. Good luck policing that when it's 4:10 a.m. and The Situation's creepin'.

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The Jersey Shore cast is ready to take Miami.

But first it's off to L.A. for a press tour for Snooki, DJ Pauly D, The Situation, Vinny, Sammi and Ronnie. Are they ready for L.A.? Hells yeah these guidos are.

But is L.A. ready for them?

Doesn't look like it has much of a choice, but here's the cast of MTV's breakout hit, mugging for the cameras right after touching down at LAX Airport ...

Jersey Shore Cast in the House

DIRTY HALF-DOZEN: The Jersey Shore cast members arrive in a location where some people besides them are actually tan. Possibly from the sun, even. Novel concept.

The gang appears to be in fine, orange, Ed Hardy-wearing form. We can't wait to see where they turn up next ... actually we can, but will find out for you anyway.

Click to enlarge more pictures of the Jersey Shore cast at LAX ...

  • Mike and Sammi
  • Ron n' Mike
  • Mike, Pauly
  • Snook Pic
  • The Cast in L.A.
  • Ron Ron

[Photos: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

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Get ready for a second season packed with house music, fist-pumping, trash bags, fighting with strangers on the boardwalk, and hilarious Jersey Shore quotes.

MTV's only newest hit show is coming back for Season 2!

The network, which had been engaged in some heated negotiations with the Jersey Shore cast, will run it back this summer with all the original stars on hand.

We can't wait for a new dose of DJ Pauly D, The Situation, Snooki, J-WOWW, Sammi, Ronnie and Vinny, although it looks like they'll be in a different setting.

That's right, Seaside Heights lucked out. The gang will “escape the cold Northeast and find themselves in a new destination,” MTV said in a Friday statement.

Warm weather locales, consider yourself forewarned.

The Cast of Jersey Shore

FIST-PUMP! All seven of these guidos and guidettes will be back on MTV.

MTV continued: “Our audience fell in love with Jersey Shore and its amazing cast who have really grown together as a family. That bond gives the show its heart."

"We’re thrilled to reunite these friends to bring fans what they love - laughs, love, drama and of course, GTL,” the network's president said in the announcement.

That would be gym, tanning and laundry - the daily routine of The Situation.

In case you didn't get your fix throughout December/January, MTV will broadcast the Jersey Bowl, a February 7 marathon of Season 1, on Super Bowl Sunday.

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