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'Jersey Shore' Ending
MTV to end fist-pumping ratings hit and cultural
phenomenon after this season
The decision comes amid skyrocketing salaries for the cast of former
unknowns, which has made MTV's most successful series increasingly
expensive to produce. MTV said "Jersey Shore" will end after its sixth season,
which premieres Oct. 4.
The network will commemorate the end of the show with farewell programming
beginning next Thursday, with a one-hour retrospective called "Gym, Tan, Look
Back" that will air before MTV's Video Music Awards.
The series, which has followed a group of self-proclaimed "guidos" and
"guidettes" from the Jersey Shore to Italy, has popularized such phrases as
"grenade" (an unattractive person), "smash" (have sex with) and "GTL" (gym, tan,
Since its debut in 2009, "Jersey Shore" has carefully recorded the pastimes
of its tanned and oiled castmates, from drinking to fighting to hot-tubbing to
smashing random pickups and one another. It introduced such bizarro celebrities
as Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Jennifer "JWoww"
Each announcement of a renewal or spin-off spawned countless jokes about the
end of the world. But the world persevered.
The castmates, meanwhile, proved as adept at pumping money from MTV as they
were at pumping their fists in sketchy nightclubs.
A lawsuit filed in April said that for the fourth season of "Jersey Shore,"
Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio received $100,000 for each of the 12 episodes, plus
a $400,000 signing bonus, for a total of $1.6 million. He also received
compensation for after-shows, a launch special, a reunion show, merchandising
and other compensation, as well as a $200,000 "thank-you" bonus, according to
the suit, filed by International Creative Management. The agency sought a chunk
of the payout.
ICM also said in the suit that DelVecchio would receive $175,000 for each of
the 12 episodes of the sixth season -- a total payday of $2.1 million, even
before any additional payments. And DelVecchio and castmates will likely take
part in even more specials for Season 6 than they have past seasons, given the
The final season comes as the cast has shown signs of growing up: Polizzi
recently welcomed the first known offspring of any of the "Jersey Shore"