Everyone’s freaking out about the cast of “Jersey Shore,” which has lost two of its members over the past week.
First, Vinny Guadagnino packed up and left.
Now Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has reportedly stormed out of the Seaside Heights house.
Let’s get the obvious thing out of the way here: this could just be a publicity stunt. “Jersey Shore” returns August 4.
But let’s consider, for a moment, that Guadagnino and Sorrentino genuinely want out of the franchise.
Their departures spell nothing but programming gold — and successful planning — for MTV.
There’s nothing like unfinished business to help pump up a classic MTV reunion special.
Plus, the network has already announced that it will replace its cast (who’s been pressing for more money-per-episode, by the way) after season five taping, which the two guys just ditched.
So Guadagnino and Sorrentino are simply providing MTV with an easy storyline arc to get them off the show.
And an early exit poses no real financial risk to Sorrentino, who’s already inked a spinoff deal and seems to have that innate I’ll-be-in-the-news-forever quality.
Guadagnino doesn’t have another show lined up — so it’s possible he really just was sick of the whole thing.
What’s to be sick of, you might ask: getting paid tens of thousands of dollars per episode to drink and fall down?
Doesn’t sound so hard.
But don’t forget that behind the scenes, producers are pushing these kids for the maximum drama, real or fake — and that the cast members now see themselves as legitimate celebrities with marketable images worth protecting.
In other words, they’re much less likely to “act” on demand than they were when no one knew the term “Snooki” and the thought of a free vacation was enough to get them on camera.
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