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MTV is denying multiple online reports that they will re-cast Jersey Shore.
“We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun. We currently have no plans to recast the show,” a net spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Both UsMagazine.com and TMZ.com have sources saying that Snooki, The Situation and crew cost MTV too much — at a reported $100,000 an episode — and will get the boot after season 5. They are currently taping season 4 in Italy.
Many of the originals have their own spin-off deals.
Jenni “JWoww” Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will move in together — in front of cameras. Paul “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio will get his own reality show chronicling his travels as DJ.
Both series, scheduled to air on MTV in 2012 and executive produced by Jersey Shore’s SallyAnn Salsano, will chronicle the lives the three lead away from the show.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino also inked a development deal with MTV.
Chris Linn, MTV’s executive vice president of programming and head of production, told THR earlier this year that he doesn’t think the shows will dilute the popular franchise.
“I have to say, again, they feel very different from Jersey Shore and each of these cast members has so much more depth and different sides and layers to them than you see on Jersey Shore,” he said. “I think it allows us to expand out from the base of Jersey Shore without taking away from what Jersey Shore is. They would continue to be involved in any potential future cycles of Jersey Shore. That’s really a different experience because they’re on vacation and it’s a group dynamic.”
Correction: Season 4 tapes in Italy, not season 5, as the first version of this story stated.
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