An MTV spokesperson is denying claims by several outlets today that MTV plans to recast Jersey Shore
after season 5 to cut down on costs.
An anonymous "source" told US Weekly,
"After this group comes back from Italy and shoots Season 5 this summer,
that will be the end for them." With Snooki, the Situation and their gang each making a
reported $100,000 per episode, the source says the new stars will be "a
While there's no doubt a new cast would
be cheaper, a nameless net spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter
, "We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun. We currently have no plans to recast the show."
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Of course, "plans" can change, but MTV has been putting their money where the spokesperson's mouth is with the current cast. As we've noted, Jenni "J-Woww" Farley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Pauly D Delvecchio all have MTV spinoff series
set to air in 2012. Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has also inked a development deal with MTV.
So even if they were to leave Jersey Shore
after season 5, they wouldn't really be going anywhere. (Image courtesy of MTV)