"Jersey Shore" and "drama" are pretty much each other's peas and carrots, but given how much of the show's incredible amount of fighting, arguing and shenanigans sure seem to be too wild to be true, one might wonder just how realistic all of that drama might be.
If it's even a quarter true, it's more chaotic than the lives of many people, and there's a good chance that there's at least some truth to the show given how dramatic that the cast members are off-screen.
While some Jersey Shore cast members have obviously been in the spotlight with their antics much more often than others, the more they get, the more they seem to crave it. It's almost as if they are addicted to the drama and it shows.
Between brawls, neighborhood disturbances, property damage, and more, the men of the show seem to constantly be in the news. Whether that's because of their lifestyles or their need to be featured in every tabloid, who can say? Of course, there are also examples when cast members experience the same tragic situations that the rest of us face and given their fame, they wind up with their dirty laundry broadcast for the world to bear witness, perhaps without the desire to do so.
Whether it's blatant attempts to grab the camera once again or simply their own natural propensity for trouble, here are 15 Times The Real Cast Drama Happened Off-Screen.
15 The Situation's Tax Drama
Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is easily one of the most dramatic characters to ever be on television, and he's one that seems to be addicted to all of that attention. After all, he joined the cast of several reality TV shows, from Worst Cooks in America to Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars. He even had his own show for a while, The Sorrentinos. It seems as if the man has been obsessed with being in the spotlight over the years, perhaps even more than he's been enthusiastic over his own abs.
Sorrentino gained national attention again when he faced some serious tax drama in 2014 and again in 2017. The tax evasion charges announced by Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick for the District of New Jersey and Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg of the Justice Department’s Tax Divisionwere were filed against both The Situation and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, when they allegedly failed to pay taxes on $8.9 million worth of income. Charges also included structuring and falsifying records.
14 Deena's Disorderly Conduct
Seeing a member of Jersey Shore in handcuffs doesn't seem to be that big of a deal after seeing it on the show, but when it happens off the show we know it can't be scripted.
When Deena Cortese was arrested for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, it was interesting, to say the least.
Not only was her "disorderly conduct" just dancing, but police officers let her get away with the behavior for a while before they opted to arrest her.
Cortese really should have just known better than to dance in traffic. She could have gotten seriously injured or resulting in someone else's injury with her antics and given that someone was already filming her actions, it seemed as if they were all intentional and not some spur of the moment playfulness on a pretty day.
Was Cortese really just missing the attention of the public so badly that she needed to do something this silly to get herself in the news again? Given that the incident occurred during the same weekend that several other castmates were involved in additional drama, it's possiblethat she really may have simply wanted the attention. Could it all have been orchestrated together as a big Jersey Shore attention grab?
13 JWoww's Tragedy
In an example of general life drama that we all face rather than a seeming attention-grab, Jenni "JWoww" Farley experienced some terrible family drama before the fourth season was filmed in Italy.
A few weeks prior to filming the season, Farley lost both her grandmother and a pregnancy (with Roger Mathews). After experiencing these awful losses Farley confessed that she had to be medicated, telling Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, "Not a lot of people know, and they put me on medication because of it because I couldn't handle life. But the medication was like Xanax to like take me down, but the downers were making me so groggy. Then I started taking uppers."
She went on to describe herself as a mess, which most people who've lost someone they love can relate to.
While Farley's explanation was recorded, her awful experiences occurred off the show and help to explain how she was feeling and acted during the fourth season. Some say that everyone experiences loss and it's a cop-out for Farley to use it as a crutch, but it's understandable for anyone to harbor that kind of pain and turmoil following such hardship. To do so on television in front of the world had to make it even more stressful.
12 Ronnie's Cut Hand In Vegas Scuffle
When Ronnie Magro sliced open his hand during a scuffle last summer, there were conflicting stories, to say the least. According to some sources, his hand was cut up with several lacerations when he attempted to shield his girlfriend from a flying glass or bottle when the crowd got rowdy at the VIP of celebrity hotspot TAO. According to the representative for TAO, Ronnie injured his hand when he accidentally broke a bottle he was holding.
Honestly, this all sounds like a plot straight out of the first season of Jersey Shore - which, we should note, first aired in 2009, when Ronnie was in his early 20s.
Despite the dramatic presentation of Ronnie's injury, most agree that the cuts themselves were at least accidental. Knowing how dramatic the Jersey Shore star can get, however, does make some people wonder.
We do know that the injury was severe enough to warrant a security guard to advise him to get stitches-- and that Ronnie didn't know that he was bleeding until his girlfriend told him he was getting blood on her. TMZ reported that Ronnie delayed getting stitches that night, but went to the hospital to get sewn up the following day.
11 Angelina's Controversy and Feud
In one of the worst instances of off-screen Jersey Shore drama, Angelina Pivarnick demonstrated her intolerance and prejudice against the LGBTQ community.
During a Deyoon.com debate with her supposed friend Adam Barta, an openly gay singer, Pivarnick made the comment that if gay people "want to have your little flings with your gay partner when you're younger and see how it is or whatever, that's fine," but that they should eventually marry a straight person and have a family. She also argued against the tax benefits that married couples enjoy because she apparently doesn't understand both sociology and economics.
Jenni "Jwoww" Farley spoke out against her cast mate on Twitter, saying, "I shouldn’t even breathe Ur name right now but I must… Gays have every [right] to get married and have families…" along with some choice words against Pivarnick.
Showing herself as close-minded and bigoted person rendered Pivarnick the least popular member of the Jersey Shore crew for a long time. Pivarnick's response to Farley, like her original comments, made zero sense and only made it seems lik she is out of touch with anyone who isn't like her.
Pivarnick apologized publicly for her comments and said she would go to a gay bar in New York to apologize to gay people in real life.
10 The Situation vs His Rental Homes
The Situation has had plenty of run-ins with the law, on either the criminal or civil side of things. During one interaction with the civil side, his landlord was furious when he reported that Mike Sorrentino had pretty much trashed his property in New Jersey.
According to Pat Giganti, Sorrentino's landlord, the Jersey Shore cast member had ruined not one, but two of his homes. He demanded that the tenant be forced out of the $700K rental home he currently lived in but in court, the case was dismissed. That didn't keep Sorrentino from making headlines yet again for more over-the-top behavior.
It turned into a he-said, he-said fest, with both men arguing that they would sue one another - Giganti for the alleged damages and Sorrentino for the security deposit if he didn't get it returned upon leaving the property.
Plenty of people have issues with their landlords but it seems like every time we turn around Sorrentino is arguing with someone and ready for either a fistfight or a lawsuit, depending on the occasion.
A favorite questions for Jersey Shore fans to ponder is who is the more volotile person: The Situation or Ronnie?
9 Vinny Sued For Property Damage
The Situation isn't the only member of the Jersey Shore to be accused with damaging a bunch of property. Vinny Guadagnino was accused of not only damaging a bunch of cars but also a driveway and even some trees.
Guadagnino's neighbor, Thomas Ryan, says that all of this went down while Guadagnino's bodyguards stood nearby watching. Ryan claims that the property that Guadagnino destroyed with some construction workers and apparently some biker pals was his land that the two had fought over. Instead of settling the dispute, Guadagnino supposedly damaged old spruce trees, driveway pavement and cement curbs that belonged to Ryan, who planned to sue Guadagnino for $200,000 in damages.
According to Guadagnino's lawyer, the allegations are all false and Ryan simply wanted to get some money out of the reality TV star. We've all had run-ins with our neighbors at some point or another but it may be unwise to put up a fence where your neighbor already has trees and driveway asphalt. You have to get your property lines delineated properly before you go and make drastic changes.
Of course, those who've seen the show know that the star is famous for both too little and too much talking, as are most of his cast members.
8 Vinny And The Situation Skip Snooki's Wedding
In 2014, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi happily married boyfriend Jionni LaValle in New Jersey. Notably absent from the Gatsby-themed wedding were Vinny Guadagnino and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.
Most of the other Jersey Shore cast attended the ceremony, leading people to wonder what gives.
Did Vinny and The Situation actually skip their co-star Snooki's wedding, or were they simply uninvited? Either way the news made headlines when the two weren't present for their cast mate's nuptials. Snooki herself asks why would the two attend when they were never close friends: "I think everybody knows we're not friends. And me and Vinny, we don't get along either...It is what it is."
That may be so, but given the fact that Guadagnino had an affair with Snooki and Sorrentino bragged that he had done the same in order to break her and LaValle up and cause yet even more drama in the show, it would seem as though there were bigger reasons to nix the two from the guest list.
How many of us invite our exes to our weddings, let alone fake exes who only attempted to ruin our reputations and stop those very nuptials from taking place? We get it, Snooki.
7 The Situation's Pills
Of all of the cast mates of Jersey Shore, The Situation seems to have been the most upfront about his substance abuse and time spent in rehab. Mike Sorrentino even managed to stay sober from 2012 to 2014, but when a gym injury left him in need of painkillers once again, he turned to substance abuse and needed rehab once again.
Sorrentino confessed that he was "not in the best of shape" when he left the show and that he spent that time in recovery, rebuilding himself and attempting to stay sober and strong.
Getting clean isn't an easy road for anybody and Sorrentino had parties and traveling with other users to contend with, making it even more of a challenge.
He said it "was extremely hard and it took every ounce of effort for me, and I just put my head down and kept moving forward." Prescription pills can be extremely addictive substances and we commend Sorrentino for his hard work at getting sober.
Unfortunately for The Situation, his troubles don't stop at his health. Getting clean is just the first step in cleaning up his life. His family and legal history are troubled as well.
6 The Situation's Tanning Salon Fight
It's not enough to have had so many weird and over the top fights, sometimes over the stupidest things, on the show itself. The Situation had to get arrested during a fight at his own family's tanning salon, too.
The fight, which occurred in Middletown, New Jersey, resulted in an assault charge and $500 bail, which he posted. The incident, which happened in the middle of the day, happened between Sorrentino and his brother, Frank. Mike had reportedly told Frank that he was fired from Boca Tanning Salon.
The drama didn't stop there, either. Several employees of the salon complained that their paychecks had bounced, prompting further legal entanglement. After police intervened and gave the company a warning to pay their employees, those whose checks did not clear were given their owed pay within a week.
Given that all of this occurred only a month prior to the family's reality TV show debut, many initially believed it to be yet another possible attention scam in order to drum up audience interest for the show. The Sorrentinos, featured the brothers as well as their mother Linda and sister Melissa. Its low ratings and uninteresting content, among other things, earned it only a single season.
5 The Situation Sentenced To Anger Management
When Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino assaulted his brother, his plea bargain included a promise to attend anger management classes. Edward Fradkin, attorney to The Situation, said that the counseling would be carried out on a one-on-one basis, which The Sitch likely needed given his terrible temper. Sorrentino said that he wasn't happy with the punishment but admitted that he probably needed it.
It's too bad that many other Americans who get into fights can't get the same 12-week sentence, complete with a lesser charge of disorderly conduct upon satisfactory completion of the anger management classes. Most people don't get second (or third, or fourth, or fifth...) chances as Sorrentino has received over and over again. No celebrity should get preferential treatment.
A combative personality and fiery temper were huge parts of Sorrentino's persona as The Situation on Jersey Shore.
Hopefully the next time he decides to rumble with someone, family or not, and for the publicity or not, he can apply the skills he's learned at anger management and diffuse the situation - rather than escalate it.
Then again, as a later entry proves, it's incredibly hard for most members of the Jersey Shore cast to resist fighting.
4 Ronnie-Sammi Drama Over Reunion
Ronnie's still in love with Samantha "Sammi Sweetheart" Giancola - or so the headlines would have us all believe.
When the Jersey Shore reunion was scheduled, fans were disheartened to hear that Sammi Sweetheart would not be rejoining her castmates, and of course Ronnie, the ex with whom she constantly fought on the show, expressed his disappointment the loudest, saying, "We started this all together and I would have loved to have finished it together because now everyone thinks it’s because of me she didn’t come back, but it’s because she has a boyfriend."
Most fans were sympathetic with Sammi in this instance, since she only wanted to live her life and not drop everything for months for more drama. Sammi stated that she chose not to return in order to focus on her career and relationship-- in short, to have an actual life instead of drumming up drama for the camera as the rest of the cast seemed so eager to do.
She seemed to be the first cast member to really start growing up and moving on, and Ronnie, in true Ronnie fashion, refused to do any of that. No wonder Sammi didn't want to return. How about blaming yourself for going after women who weren't your girlfriend at the time, Ronnie?
3 Half The Cast In A Bar Brawl
This is one of those fights where you can't help but wonder if it was started just to drum up some off-show drama in hopes of keeping everyone in the news and relevant, especially when sources told Us Weekly it started as a small fight that turned into epic warfare at a Seaside Heights bar known as Bamboo Bar.
Pauly "Pauly D" Delvecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino all reportedly beat up some guys, as did Jenni "JWoww" Farley's boyfriend, Rodger Mathews. Farley herself was allegedly even injured during the ordeal, spraining her ankle.
According to sources, it all began when some inebriated men jeered at the girls, apparently showing off for the camera.
It all went caveman from there. In the men's defense, some sources say that the instigators simply would not back down, but somehow most people manage to make it out of their youth without entering a bar room brawl.
Ryan Labbe from MTV's The Pauly D Project was also involved in the headline-making fight. Five men, bouncers, and other people were drawn into in the fight before it ended.
Vinny, who was present, apparently abstained from fighting - and that's why he's everyone's favorite roommate.
2 JWoww's Sunscreen Controversy
Mommy shaming has been taken to a new level lately with social media depicting everything people do 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It's easy to judge moms in the Western world where they are expected to do so much on their own.
While celebs often have more help than typical moms, they still get some pretty harsh judgment, as Jenni "JWoww" Farley discovered when she decided to share an Instagram post of her son Greyson in the pool with his dad, Rodger.
Online critics quickly took to admonishing the young mom about not slathering her babe with sunscreen.
Not only did Farley point out that her child did, in fact, have sunscreen on, but that her homemade sunscreen formula was probably safer than many other formulas on the market. Experts also weighted in to say that young babies may not need sunscreen so much as shade and proper clothing during the hot months.
Health and nutrition seem to be highly controversial in modern times, with every doctor giving different pieces of advice, and given that the baby looked healthy and fine in his hat, people probably should have minded their own business. It's amazing how mankind survived all of the parenting mishaps and blunders of the past what with how many so-called "experts" who feel the need to weigh in on everyone else's lives today.
1 Ronnie's Public Fights With His Girlfriend
When Ronnie Magro broke up with his girlfriend recently, it was an ugly, public affair that left everyone feeling a little weird.
No matter what he thought of her, calling the mother of your child such vicious names in a public matter is never cool and his child will be able to see a record of those comments one day. He noted that he couldn't turn her into a housewife and that "if you find them in the gutter leave them in the gutter." Interesting words from a man who cheated on his girlfriend with multiple women on television.
All of Ronnie's friends from Jersey Shore are standing beside him and supporting him through this break-up, and while it's nice that they don't want to trash him the way he's been trashing Jen Harley, they have to know that he's crossed the line.
Ronnie reportedly threatened to show Harley's 11-year-old son a tape she'd made with an ex and he pretty much admitted that he's not over Sammi Sweetheart. Yet Jen's the one who isn't settling down material?
Ronnie apologized on Instagram for his comments, but he and Harley were soon fighting again.
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