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The Situation and rehab: 'Do not believe'? He meant believe

Mike Sorrentino -- The Situation sets record straight on rehab
"Do NOT Believe," Mike Sorrentino — "Jersey Shore's" the Situation — said Wednesday of "embellished" reports that he was in rehab for substance abuse.

On Thursday, his Official Situation website doggedly repeated that "many sources have been falsely reporting stories about The Situation being in rehab" — yet the same article quoted him: "I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem."

Now that the Situation appears to be backpedaling with his "setting the record straight" effort, there's likely some back slapping going on over at TMZ, which broke the rehab story.

But how big of a problem is this problem for the "Jersey Shore" star? And are prescription meds his only problem?

TMZ and the Chicago Sun Times are alleging alcohol abuse. The Sun Times on Thursday cited an unnamed "associated" with some less than complimentary remarks on Sorrentino's "really nutso" behavior.

TMZ says Sorrentino was checked into Cirque Lodge in Utah. The lodge is a celeb-favored spot for rehab and, as CNN reported in 2009, guests have included Melanie Griffith, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen and Kirsten Dunst.

As for the Situation, he's not fessing up to anything but the prescription drugs: "I have spent the past several weeks getting treatment for this problem and recuperating from my work and appearance schedule."

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Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in 2010. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times.


Abercrombie would pay 'Jersey Shore' cast to take off its clothes

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a suit that's not by Abercrombie & Fitch

The situation: Abercrombie & Fitch is too good for the "Jersey Shore" and is willing to make a "substantial payment" to cast members not to wear its clothes.

Abercrombie & Fitch, the Ohio-based clothing retailer that has previously been in hot water for its racy T-shirts, racy catalogs and questionable employment practices, asked "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a statement Tuesday to stop wearing its digs on TV because his character may be sullying its name. 

"We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch representative said in the statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."

So that means no high-priced A&F graphic tees or college-friendly sweats for Pauly D, Snooki, JWoww, Vinny, Ron, Sammi and Deena either. Conveniently, the company's offer and the attendant publicity coincide with late summer's back-to-school shopping crush.

In an interview with New York magazine last summer, The Situation sounded off on the "Jersey Shore" effects on merchandise.

"The show went international, and I read that it's very big overseas, especially 'The Situation' -- my name, or my character -- is known worldwide now," he said. "Abercrombie & Fitch, their most popular shirt, they told me, is 'Fitchuation.' I mean, where did they get that from? Obviously from myself."

Sorrentino earned roughly $3 million last year from the show and pushing merchandise for various brands -- still, might it pay for the Sitch to ditch A&F during his "gym, tan, laundry" routine? Like, more than it would pay if he were hired as their spokesmodel?

Hey, we don't hear Ed Hardy complaining about the cast wearing its ornate digs on the show. 

The MTV series, which broke MTV's ratings record with its recent fourth-season premiere, is currently filming the antics of the hard-partying, gym-loving, partially Italian American cast in Florence, Italy.

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Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch has made an offer to Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- shown in a Cohesive & Co. suit at GQ's Men of the Year party in March -- and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" gang to stop wearing its "aspirational" clothes. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


'Jersey Shore's' Ronnie and The Situation reportedly brawl in Italy

Ronnie and Situation fight
"Jersey Shore's" Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino got into an all-out fistfight in Italy, according a report.

Though the cause of the Monday night brawl is unclear, it may have been sparked by a fight between Ronnie's on-again, off-again girlfriend Sammie Giancola, TMZ reported. All that Ron-Ron Juice must have gotten him amped because Sitch got pummeled quite a bit. We imagine their cameramen got it all on tape.

Jersey Shore cast in Italy Ronnie's knuckles were cut and bleeding and Sitch's eye was surrounded by red marks poorly concealed by a hoodie, the site reported. The two arrived separately at their apartment hours after the brawl. See the photos here.

The Situation has earned a reputation as "The Snitchuation" on the show because of his frequent tattletale tactics and instigating innuendos. Some "Shore" fans have probably been waiting for this moment for a while, but we're not sure if that warrants a beating.

The cast is shooting the fourth season of the hard-partying MTV reality show in their ancestral land, filming the series in Florence, Italy's Renaissance City. And Ronnie and Sitch aren't the only ones wreaking havoc in the old country.

Deena Cortese, the self-proclaimed "blast in a glass," was spotted plunging into Florence's Arno river after climbing a ledge, and the cast has incited a crosstown pizza battle, according to the New York Post. Florence's Mayor Matteo Renzi has barred the meatball-lovers from filming in bars, clubs and drinking in public. They also can't film at historic landmarks like the Uffizi Gallery and Boboli Gardens.

It remains to be seen how that will affect the next season.

Do you think "The Situation" deserved his beating? How do you think the next season of "Jersey Shore" will compare to previous seasons? Tell us in comments.

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Photos: Left, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images. Right, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press. Lower left: "Jersey Shore" cast in Italy. Credit: Fabrizio Giovannozzi / Associated Press


Bristol Palin is paid $262,500 for abstinence campaign

Bristolstory3 Bristol Palin took home $262,500 in 2009 for advocating against teen pregnancy, tax documents show. Apparently abstinence can be very lucrative.

The big bucks came from the Candie's Foundation, a group aimed at shaping "the way youth in America think about teen pregnancy and parenthood." 

"We know that Ms. Palin's work has had a positive effect on creating awareness about teen pregnancy," Candie's spokeswoman Ali Tyrangel said in a statement.

The reality show star, who made headlines as a teen mom in 2008 during her mother Sarah Palin's run for vice president, even took her Candie's campaign on her stint with "Dancing with the Stars." Remember her awkward "pause before you play" sex talk with The Situation?

Critics are already taking shots at Palin, now 20, but some people are defending her, according to E! Online, saying, "The money she received was from multiple projects she did with them. She shot PSAs, print and Internet ads and did town hall meetings, as well, and the money she made was an accumulation of all of that. This is not out of the ordinary for a celebrity to make an income off of a charity they represent."

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Grammy Awards: Justin Bieber shakes hands with the Situation; civilization crumbles

Grammys-pictures Justin Bieber has the world in his underage hands.

The pop prince has a box office hit -- even if he's second to that old guy Adam Sandler. He has Selena Gomez as his girl (or, at least, that's the rumor). And he's so cool he can rock an all white suit!

As if that wasn't enough, the youngster even has "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino screaming his name!

Watch it all go down.

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Grammy Awards: Rihanna tells the Situation, 'Lift your shirt' [Video]

The Situation at the Grammys with Rihanna Rihanna may love the way you lie, but she also seems to love washboard abs with a burnt sienna hue.

The R&B songstress, who has been resting her voice as she fights bronchitis, bypassed most of the red carpet, trying to sneak through the back. But when she caught a glimpse of Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino of "Jersey Shore," who was playing red carpet reporter for "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," the songstress had to call him over.

"She wanted me to lift my shirt," Sorrentino later shared with reporters.

"She's no grenade. We'll have to see what happens."

Oh, Sitch.

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Photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in L.A. on Feb. 13, 2011. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Grammy Awards: A little 'Jersey Shore' on the red carpet

Snooki at the Grammy Awards Looking like he just stepped out of a tanning salon, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino bypassed reporters on the Grammy Awards red carpet Sunday, throwing peace signs and flashing a grin on his way.

Perhaps he was giving first dibs on the spotlight to pals Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio?

Snooki-2010-grammys The Situation's "Jersey Shore" cast mates each had hosting duties for MTV and "Access Hollywood," respectively.

The year has treated Snooki well, in the Ministry's humble opinion. Though the smooch remains the same, she's taken a glam step up from last year's skintight purple number and black suede booties, above.

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Photos: Snooki in silver at Sunday's Grammy Awards at Staples Center and at last year's event in purple. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times, right; Mario Anzuoni / Reuters, inset.

 


Snooki will be dropped in a ball on New Year's Eve in Times Square

Snooki New Year's Eve plans MTV has announced it will put Snooki in a ball and drop her from on high on New Year's Eve in Times Square as a highlight of its 2010 "MTV New Year's Bash."

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be joined by "Jersey Shore" compadres Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio, and the evening will -- despite a ban on public drinking at the gathering -- include an attempt to set a Guinness World Record in, um, group fist pumping.

MTV refers to "a ball" that will drop in Times Square, but doesn't narrow it down to the ball -- the one now made of illuminated Waterford Crystal, with a diameter of 12 feet, that has been dropping in one form or another for more than 100 years. Maybe they'll just cram her into this little one. Or she could buy two, and wear them as earrings.

Letting our imagination go wild, we couldn't help but recall a recent "CSI" rerun in which the killer turns out to be a bird of prey that dropped a small tortoise from the air, hoping to crack it open on the head of an ascetic it believes to be a rock.

Bald guys in Times Square, please make sure your New Year's Eve getup includes a hat.

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Photo: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of "Jersey Shore" arrives at the MTV European Music Awards 2010 in Madrid on Nov. 7. Credit: Dave Fisher Associated Press

 


Top-earning reality stars: Kardashians, the Situation are making millions

Kardashians-top-earning-reality Just in time for the Christmas crunch comes a perhaps-confounding list of top-earning reality stars for 2010.

For the small price of diminished privacy, these "real" personalities rake in a ton of dough. With their per-episode salaries, endorsement deals and nightclub and other promotional appearances, these folks are taking their boom mikes and camera crews directly to the bank.

Not surprisingly, Kim Kardashian and her colorful sisters top the list, compiled by the Daily Beast.

Kim herself nabs the No. 1 spot (another top ranking for her in 2010), with an estimated $6 million in income. Just don't expect that cash pile to pay off any self-named credit cards. The name you might not expect is that of the second-highest earner: Lauren Conrad.

Clocking in with $5 million in earnings this year, Conrad hasn't technically been a reality star since May 2009. However, the legacy she's carried — a successful franchise of novels and more successful clothing collections — earns her 2010 cash-cow status.

Fear not, Conrad will be back on MTV, though not for the lunches and love lives she touched on "The Hills." The new show will focus on her enterprise.

Reality-tv-salaries "The Real Housewives of New York" star Bethenny Frankel arrives at No. 3 with $4 million, with Conrad's "Hills" pal Audrina Patridge next at $3.5 million. Matching Patridge cent-for-cent, according to the report, is reality mom Kate Gosselin.

With a nod for the boys, at No. 6 we find Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino, earning $3 million for hawking products including his own fitness DVDs and a protein-infused vodka. Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian come in after the Sitch with $2.5 million each, rounded out by another "Jersey Shore" fist-pumper, Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio, with $2 million for the year.

Former playmate Kendra Wilkinson claims the No. 10 position with $2 mill as well. What do you think of the highest-paid reality stars? Tell us in comments below.

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Right photo: From left, Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian are the best-paid family in reality television. Photo credit: E! Entertainment.

Left photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino at The Times' Photo Booth on Dec. 5, 2010, at the "VH1 Divas Salute the Troops" concert at the Marine Corps base in Miramar. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

 


Johnny Knoxville toasts his 'Wild and Wonderful Whites' with Kid Rock, The Situation

KNOXVILLE-JOHNNY Johnny Knoxville would know a good hoedown when he saw it, so naturally the "Jackass" host-turned-actor would be an appropriate host for an authentic backyard barbecue.

Host he did tastemakers and celebs, with Tribeca Film and American Express, to mark the release of "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia," a documentary that Knoxville executive-produced about the intense rural White family. 

Situation-STARTRAKS (1) American-made musician Kid Rock stopped by to chomp on a cigar and chat up former fling Jamie King. Footage was screening and a live performance offered from White family patriarch Jesco, David Alan Wade and film composer Deke Dickerson

Actors Bryan Greenberg and Michael Rosenbaum enjoyed spiked punch and cornbread at the fete, though all eyes were on "Jersey Shore" breakout Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino.

He of the iron abs came, snacked on barbecue chicken and spiked iced tea, and chatted up partygoers including Brittny Gastineau

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Right photo: Johnny Knoxville hosts celebration of "The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia." Credit: WireImage 

Left photo: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino throws his deuces over some BBQ. Credit: StarTraks


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