No fist-pumping today. Looks like Jersey Shore Season 4 is on hold for now.
Snooki, The Situation, JWoww, Pauly D and crew were due to leave for Italy on April 14, a source confirms to E! News that production has been delayed.
The timetable has been pushed back “at least a few weeks.” Why, you ask? Because the Italian government came to its sense and denied Snooki a visa?
That would make a better story, but no. Another reason.
While some Italian officials and commentators blasted the show and its stereotypes and want nothing to do with Jersey Shore, that doesn’t appear to be the holdup.
A show source tells E! that producers are having trouble getting permits to film around Florence, though a rep for the Italian Film Commission denies it.
Rather, the network hasn’t even applied, if you believe their side.
“We haven’t been contacted by anyone from MTV or a manager for the show. Generally speaking, Italy is a film-friendly place,” the spokesman says.
Another possible delay? Several castmates’ contract squabbling.
MTV had no comment on the delay, but a network insider says that for various reasons, producers might scrap the idea of basing the season in Italy.
Instead, they’d shorten the stay abroad and “make it more of a vacation than them actually living there,” or abandon the overseas trip altogether.
Which means the duck phone could be back in full effect come Memorial Day.
UPDATE, 4/13: The cast has signed HUGE new contracts and it’s ON in Italy!