When Mike Sorrentino pled guilty to tax evasion back in January of 2018, the news led many to express disbelief at the reality star's financial situation.
After all, one can't hide millions in assets without first amassing millions, and for those who had remained ignorant of the Jersey Shore phenomenon, the revelation that a guy named "The Situation" was earning 7 figures annually came as quite a shock.
Yes, there's no denying that when Shore was at its peak, The Sitch was rich -- very rich.
In fact, in addition to his abhorrent behavior, Mike was known for two things in those days -- his lavish taste, and his six-pack abs.
In the years that followed his arrest, Mike fell on hard times, got sober, and committed himself to becoming a better man.
Last week, Sorrentino was released after serving eight months in prison.
Now, it's important to note that Mike -- who married Lauren Pesce in November -- has made it clear that he has no intention of returning to his hard-partying ways.
But we're sure he wouldn't mind regaining the staggering wealth and flawless physique he enjoyed in his Bad Mike days.
As evidenced by his first post-prison photo, in one respect, Mike has already made some major progress.
The Sitch and family celebrated his return with a massive feast (of course), and the image of Mike's newly-pumped-up guns left some fans reeling:
“He’s back … Look at those arms,” commented one fan.
Another echoed, “Let’s goooo, Mike. Beast.”
“God damn! No more dad bod!” a third fan remarked.
As for the financial situation -- well that might take a little bit longer to get that back on track.
Mike's net worth these days is estimated at roughly $300,000.
Not too shabby, but a far cry from Pauly D's, who -- as the wealthiest Shore cast member -- is thought to be worth roughly $20 million.
Mike's situation is no doubt helped considerably by the fact that Jersey Shore: Family Vacation has proven to be a modest ratings hit, and will likely return for at least two more seasons.
Still, The Sitch has quite a hole to dig himself out of.
In addition to his prison time, Mike was forced to pay out $123,000 in restitutions, as well as a $10,000 fine.
Fortunately, Shore isn't his only revenue stream these days.
TMZ reports that Mike has been presented with a lot of opportunities since his release.
His clothing company is enjoying record sales, and he's so in demand for public appearances, that he and Lauren have delayed their scheduled honeymoon.
“We are elated to finally close this chapter of our life. Thank you to our family, friends and fans for the continuous love and support during this time,” a rep for the couple said in a statement issued after Mike's release.
“It brought us so much peace and comfort.
"We look forward to continuing our life as husband and wife and working on baby situations! We truly believe that the comeback is ALWAYS greater than the setback, and we can’t wait to show the world ours.”
We wish Big Daddy and Mrs. Sitch all the best going forward.