Jersey Shore is to end after one final season, MTV has confirmed.
The US ‘scripted reality’ show, which follows a group of young Italian-Americans living on the New Jersey coast, launched in 2009 and became a pop culture phenomenon. The show’s success spawned a host of imitators, including Britain’s Geordie Shore and The Only Way Is Essex.
Meanwhile, cast members such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino became international celebrities, known for their hard-partying lifestyle and catchphrase of “Gym, Tan, Laundry”. Earlier this month (August), Jersey Shore‘s Pauly D was placed seventh on Forbes’s list of the world’s highest-paid DJs, after earning an estimated $11 million (£7 million) during the last 12 months.
However, Jersey Shore‘s ratings have now dropped and MTV has decided to call time on the show. Before the final run begins in the US this October (2012), the network will screen a one-hour Jersey Shore retrospective called Gym, Tan, Look Back on September 6. The show’s cast will then appear together at the MTV Video Music Awards later that night (September 6).
Cast members from Jersey Shore have already starred in spin-off shows such as Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project. Meanwhile, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is currently appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.