'Jersey Shore' Production Delayed by Italian President

10:44 AM PST 05/09/2011 by Lindsay Powers
MTV

"In the ongoing spirit of cooperation, we're waiting until his official visit concludes to start filming," an MTV rep tells THR.

Jersey Shore will delay production for a few days while Italy's president tours Florence.

"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," a network rep tells The Hollywood Reporter.

"We changed production dates as a result of the visit," added the rep.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino was recently photographed arriving at Newark Airport with suitcases. "WATCH OUT ITALY," he Tweeted Sunday, alongside a photo of himself with luggage outside his front door.

The fourth season has come under fire in Italy, according to local press reports. Florence's mayor banned the cast -- which also includes Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Jenni "JWoww" Farley -- from taping in bars or clubs or drinking publicly to preserve the city's image, according to the New York Post.

"They embody the worst stereotypes of Italians, multiplied by thousands and Americanized," columnist Roberto Del Bove wrote in the Rome newspaper New Notzie.

MTV has rented a townhouse for the cast to live in during the month-and-a-half shoot, according to the Post.

Snooki, J Woww and Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio recently announced MTV spinoffs.

The Situation inked a development deal with the network.

Lindsay.powers@thr.com

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