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Nothing lasts forever -- not even gym, tanning and laundry. But despite an MTV insider telling Us Weekly that the cast of Jersey Shore would be replaced by a new set of guido lifestyle experts after season 5, it looks like well be stuck with The Situation for at least a little while longer.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, an MTV rep has denied that the current crew -- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "J-Woww" Farley, Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammi Giancola, Vinny Guadagnino and Deena Cortese -- will film their last season this summer. "We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun," says the rep. "We currently have no plans to recast the show."
Still, it's not hard to see why MTV might consider dumping the original cast and starting anew -- at least from a financial standpoint. The group's explosive popularity has been a double-edged sword for MTV. On the one hand, the show draws spectacular ratings, and of course that benefits the network. But their fame has also led to ever increasing salary demands. According to Entertainment Weekly, in season 2, the cast members were each receiving about $10K per episode. By season 4, the core group was earning $100K per episode. And yes, that means they earned $100K per episode to party -- and brawl -- in Florence.
Naturally, their notoriety has also made filming more difficult. It's a little harder to get into a night club screaming match, or make out with a stranger, with hundreds of fans closing in on you all the time.
Despite all that, MTV is sticking by this orange-tinted gang. And with three of them -- Snooki, J-Woww and Pauly D -- already primed for MTV spinoffs, it looks like the original gang will be hanging out well into the foreseeable future.