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 lot cheaper.”

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.”

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)

Meghan Carlson

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Meghan hails from Walla Walla, WA, the proud home of the world’s best sweet onions and Adam West, the original Batman. An avid grammarian and over-analyzer, you can usually find her thinking too hard about plot devices in favorites like The OfficeIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and How I Met Your Mother. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys drawing, shopping, trying to be funny (and often failing), and not understanding the whole Twilight thing. She’s got a BA in English and Studio Art from Whitman College, which makes her a professional arguer, daydreamer, and doodler.