Almost a week after his father released a number of videos trashing him and revealing his plans to write a tell-all book about him, Jersey Shore star Mike Sorrentino has now filed a lawsuit.
According to TMZ, the breaking point for Mike came after his dad Frank Sorrentino created the website TheConfrontationSite.com to spill more details about him.
In the lawsuit, Mike alleges his dad is illegally using his name and likeness all over his website. He also insists his dad is actively trying to damage his business reputation by posting anti-Situation videos and statements all over the site.
Mike is asking a judge to stop his father from using his name and likeness on the website right away while also seeking unspecified damages.
Meanwhile, Mike and his costars are still in Italy filming the 4th season of their show. Below are some pics of the cast out and about in Florence, Italy including a pic of The Situation making out with a random grenade blonde last night. Photos credit – Celebuzz.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE SITUATION’S LAWSUIT AGAINST HIS DAD?
Jersey Shore star The Situation aka Mike Sorrentino is being forced to deal with an unpleasant situation this week as his father has spent the entire week publicly bashing him while also revealing his plans to release a tell-all book about him.
It all began on Tuesday when Frank Sorrentino released an explosive video accusing his son of abandoning his family after getting famous. “I ask you one f**king favor and you tell me to go f**king be like a regular f**king Joe Blow and go on welfare? No, my friend, I don’t do that,” said Frank in the video.
Frank made other allegations against The Sitch, including accusing him of getting fired from a job for receiving oral sex from a 40-year-old co-worker.
TMZ then reported yesterday that the main issue with Frank has to do with money… of course. One of Frank’s business associates tells TMZ that Frank had asked the Sitch for help in making his monthly medical insurance payments recently and that Mike refused. Sources claim that not only did Mike say no but he also told his dad to “move to Florida and go on welfare.”
Frank was apparently outraged by Mike’s refusal to help and decided to post the videos of himself slamming his son.
As for The Situation, 28, he is currently in Italy getting ready to start filming the 4th season of the Jersey Shore. He did however release a statement through his rep calling his father’s actions hurtful. Frank “has unfortunately decided to go public with some statements regarding Mike Sorrentino to garner himself media attention. Mike is extremely saddened by his estranged father’s actions and the Sorrentino family, Marc, Frank, Jr., Melissa and their mother Linda, remain united with Mike under these hurtful circumstances.”
As of today, Frank is now planning to release a tell-all book about his son titled Confrontation With Situation. Frank promises the book will reveal all about Mike’s life before hitting it big.
“I’m calling Mike on his sh*t,” Frank says in a press release. “I’ve covered up for Mike his entire life, and when I needed his help, he left me hanging. I think people should know what I know. Hardcore partying, drugs, sex, crime elements, you name it, it’s in there.” Frank also announced today that he now wants his own reality show. Yikes.
While the cast of the Jersey Shore was more than ready to take their GTL to Italy, it seems Italy wasn’t all that ready for the guidos and guidettes.
We reported last week that the cast departed for Italy to begin filming their 4th season on Monday (yesterday). Well those plans have now been put on hold despite the fact that some of the cast members, including Mike ‘The Situation‘ Sorrentino and Paul ‘DJ Pauly D‘ DelVecchio, were already filmed packing their bags and arriving at the airport. MTV has reportedly now asked the cast to be patient and hang tight.
And while some media reports are claiming the delay was caused by the city of Florence revoking the show’s permits to film at certain several historical landmarks, a new report by TMZ states the delay was caused because the President of Italy is planning to visit Florence this week. Florence also happens to be the same city the cast will be filming in.
Sources say MTV decided it would be too much of a hassle to try to shoot around the security and hoopla over the President’s visit on Thursday, so they simply decided it would be best to delay shooting until late this week. MTV confirmed as much with a rep for the network telling THR, “Production on Jersey Shore will begin this week, following the Italian presidential visit to Florence. In the ongoing spirit of cooperation, we’re waiting until his official visit concludes to start filming.”
So there you have it folks, season 4 of the Jersey Shore in Italy is still on!
Meanwhile, one person who would like to keep the cast in Italy for all eternity is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Christie once again spoke out against the show, making it clear he would like the cast to get out of New Jersey, like for good.
“They parachute these people onto the Jersey Shore and try to make America think these are Jersey people, and they’re not. They’re New Yorkers,” Christie said last Thursday during a four-hour appearance on CBS Corp.’s WFAN. “They ought to take them out to Montauk, all the way out on the point, and leave them there. And don’t drop bread crumbs, so they can’t find their way back.”
Christie also added that he would like the none New Jersey natives of the cast to “go back to New York.” The governor said he asked New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to “take them back.” Ouch!
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON GOVERNOR’S CHRISTIE’S COMMENTS ABOUT THE JERSEY SHORE CAST?
The Jersey Shorecast continues their attempt to destroy the world at world domination.
After MTV confirmed spin-off shows for Snooki, JWoww and DJ Pauly Dlast month, the next in line was of course The Snitchuation! TMZ is reportingMike Sorrentino has signed a “series development deal” with MTV for an unnamed project aka a spin-off show!
“I’m excited to continue my relationship with MTV … Hopefully, there will be plenty more situations in the future,” said The Situation via a statement.
And ready or not Italy, here they come! The Jersey Shore gang posted their farewell messages on their twitter pages yesterday as they finally departed for Italy to begin filming their 4th season.
“nd im off..ciao twitterworld im going to miss you all! thanks for all ur love and support! keep posted for ne updates! Italia here i come!xo,” tweeted Sammi.
“Off to italy! Be back on twitter soon! Love u all n thank u for all the support xoxo,” tweeted JWoww.
“Keep The #DJPaulyDSwagg Movement Alive !!! I’m Out Ooooh Yeahhhhhh !!!!! Love You All !!!!! Ciao’ Tweeps !!!” tweeted DJPauly D.
A new TMZ report today reveals that filming is slated to begin on Monday, May 9. In fact, the cast will reportedly be residing in a building used for housing students at an Italian University.
TMZ adds that the Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici fired off a letter to students advising them not to join forces with the Jersey Shore cast. “We advise you to NOT sign any paper, let anyone in, and keep us informed,” the letter stated. Perhaps not renting the student housing building to MTV might have been a better solution. Just saying.
According to the rumor mills, the 4th season of the Jersey Shore might begin airing in August.
TELL US – WOULD YOU WATCH A SPINOFF SHOW WITH THE SITUATION? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE UPCOMING SEASON OF THE JERSEY SHORE?
According to a new report, not all reality stars are raking in the dough when it comes to their books.
The HollywoodReporter reported last week that Bethenny Frankelis the most successful of them all. Not only did she sell her Skinnygirl alcohol line for $120 million, but both of her first two books – which made the New York Bestseller list – sold a combined total of 480,000 copies!
New Jersey Housewife Teresa Giudice’s first cookbook – Skinny Italian – was also a hit as she sold over 100,000 copies.
Other Bravo housewives didn’t have as much luck starting with Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes whose memoir ‘Never Make the Same Mistake Twice‘ flopped pretty badly. Nene’s book sold 10,000 copies according to the Perez Hilton blog.
Also flopping were Jill Zarin andDanielle Staub, as their books reportedly sold fewer than 10,000 copies each. The Jersey Shore reality stars didn’t fare much better as Snooki’s book sold 35,000 copies with The Situation’s book only selling 15,000 copies.
TELL US – ARE YOUR SURPRISED TO SEE MOST OF THESE BOOKS FLOPPED?
Holy moly! It seems Jersey Shore star Snooki has spent the last couple of weeks hitting the gym!
The pint-sized MTV reality star showed off her new slimmer figure this week via a set of photos on her twitter page. In her recent photos, the 23-year-old appears to be at her slimmest yet since joining the mega-hit show almost two years ago.
And if Snooki’s recent tweets are any indication, she did it the old fashioned way – through diet and exercise. “As everyones planning their night at the club, I’m wondering when Golds closes lol. #motivated,” tweeted the Snooks on April 16 referencing the popular Gold’s Gym.
“Water is my new best friend. #dieting,” she also tweeted on April 15. Snooki, who has been open about her battle with bulimia and anorexia in the past, told UsWeekly back in January, “I just want to get back into shape like I used to be.” She is definitely well on her way! More recent photos of Snooki from this week below.
Snooki and the rest of the gang will jet off to Italy to shoot season 4 sometime in May. And speaking of Italy, it seems the mayor of Italian city Florence (the city the Jersey Shore gang will be getting their GTL on) has issued the cast a list of rules to abide by during filming.
The New York Post reportsMatteo Renzi, made the list of rules public via Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera. The rules are below –
— The cast will not be filmed in bars and clubs that serve alcohol.
— The cast will not be filmed drinking in public.
— The show will not be filmed to promote Florence as a drinking town.
— The show should be filmed in a manner to promote Italy (not Americans visiting Italy) and feature it’s culture and good food.
So let’s see, no drinking in public and no bars that serve alcohol. So are you as worried about season 4 as we are? As we reported weeks ago, the Italians got a glimpse of the Jersey Shore series for the first time last month when the show began airing there and they were not impressed with the cast’s shenanigans. “They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” columnist Roberto Del Bove lamented.
And finally, Life & Style magazine is reporting that The Situation, who reportedly earned $5 million last year, is not the only JS cast member raking in the dough!
DJ Pauly D reportedly earns half a million dollars a month according to the mag! “He makes at least $500,000 a month,” an insider tellsLife & Style. And how does he earn that much? Apparently with his DJ gigs, endorsement deals, and his own spin-off TV series. He is also reportedly in talks with 50 Cent to sign with the rapper’s record label, G-Unit.
Pauly D’s most lucrative job of all is apparently being one of the nation’s most in-demand DJs right now. “That alone commands up to $40,000 per set, and he does three to six gigs per week,” the insider says. Mamma mia! It really pays to be a fist-pumper.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON SNOOKI’S WEIGHT LOSS, THE MAYOR’S RULES & DJ PAULY D’S EARNINGS?
After the widely reported contract hold outs, all of the Jersey Shore cast members have signed on to return for season 4!
TMZ reports Snooki, The Situation, JWoww and the rest of the gang will be heading to Italy in May to start filming. While TMZ doesn’t state the exact amount the cast will be earning, it does add that everyone is “very pleased with the outcome.”
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the cast got a HUGE raise! Just how huge? Let’s try over $100,000 per episode! Yes, you read that right. Sources close to the negotiations tell EW members of the “core group” are now pulling down at least $100,000 per episode.
With each season producing an average of 14 episodes, this means a number of the Jersey Shore cast will earn over $1 million each for season 4 to simply drink, party & fight. Wowzers! The cast reportedly earned $30,000 per episode for season 3.
And finally, MTV announced last week it has picked up two Jersey Shore spin-off shows. The first show will focus on DJ Pauly D and his life on the road as “one of the country’s most in-demand DJs.” While the second show will follow BFFs Snooki and JWoww, chronicling their experiences as roommates after their lives on “Jersey Shore.”
MTV has ordered 12 episodes of each spin-off, and plans to debut both shows sometime in 2012.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE JERSEY SHORE CAST EARNING OVER $1 MILLION FOR SEASON 4? PLUS THOUGHTS ON SPIN-OFFS – WILL YOU WATCH?
Those wild and crazy kids of the Jersey Shoreare already stirring up some controversy in Italy though they have yet to arrive for the filming of their 4th season.
See while MTV confirmed earlier this year that season four of the super mega hit show will be filmed in Italy, the show had yet to actually air in the country. That all changed this week when the show made its debut on Italian television, and let’s just say the Italians are no fans. In fact, the cast is now on the receiving end of some major backlash.
“They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized,” wrote columnist Roberto Del Bove in Rome newspaper New Notzie.
It only gets worse as a preview of the show posted on an MTV Italia website drew some nastier comments.”When I see this, I wonder whether [Osama] Bin Laden had a point,” lamented one poster, going a bit overboard perhaps.
“Slicked hair, exaggerated narcissism, boundless love for the family and outlandish eccentricity” is what was written about the show in another popular Rome newspaper, Corriere della Sera.
The Italians might be happy to know that only part of the fourth season will be filmed in Italy. This isn’t the first time the Jersey Shore clan has been criticized for their shenanigans as the show also drew major ire from Italian-American groups during their first season, leading to some boycotts by advertisers.
Love them or hate them, the show is definitely here to stay as the season 3 finale last week drew record ratings for MTV, with over 7.6 million viewers tuning in.
Speaking of season 4, RadarOnline is now reporting that there is a contract dispute brewing with some of the cast members. Apparently, cast members “Snooki, The Situation, JWoww and Pauly D have not finalized their contracts because they can’t agree on the amount.”
“As of last week Deena hadn’t signed her contract either but Ronnie, Sammi, and Vinny were done,” reveals a source, um does Deena not realize she’s very expendable?. “Time is short, everyone is getting concerned because they’re supposed to leave for Italy soon, I just hope they can settle it,” the source adds.
The cast also went through contract disputes last year as they went on a short strike before season three; eventually negotiating a 200% raise from $10,000 to $30,000 per episode.
And finally, the reunion show airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c. We will revisit the top moments of the show with the cast and also find out why Sammi and Ronnie broke up again for the 2000th time back in January.
TELL US – THE ITALIANS, THEY HAVE A POINT NO? PLUS THOUGHTS ON THE REUNION SHOW?