New Jersey native Sammi Giancola rose from obscurity to capture the attention of millions of viewers after appearing on the hit reality series "Jersey Shore" (MTV, 2009- ). She moved into the Seaside...
One of the biggest gripes many have against the cast of the Jersey Shore, much like the argument regarding most reality television stars, is that they are famous for no good reason. That they make buckets of money for often deplorable behavior and are causing the downfall of civilization. But even if you are of the variety that doesn't find the antics of The Situation amusing, not even the most hardened cynic or reality TV detractor could have a bad thing to say about the good deed that the cast of the Jersey Shore did on Thursday night.
Cast members Vinny Guadagnino, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola, Deena Cortese, Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley, Pauly D, and Ronnie Ortiz Magro (Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino was MIA for the broadcast) all took part in Restore the Shore, a one-hour special devoted to raising money for the devastated Jersey coastline, which was ravaged late last month when Hurricane Sandy hit. To date, the storm has killed 110 people in the northeast region, and has left countless others with lost or damaged property. While the beach house that the Jersey Shore cast has called home for six seasons was not impacted by the hurricane, the gang still did their part to help those who were effected by Sandy.
Hosted by MTV personality Sway, the program —which also featured musical performances from Phillip Phillips and Gym Class Heroes and special appearances by Pink, Christina Aguilera, Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, Jay Leno, and Kim Kardashian, among others — was as touching and important as the telecast that NBC Universal held two weeks ago to raise money and awareness.
The cast —who looked understandably shocked, saddened, and humbled by the devastation they witnessed firsthand when they visited the region — talked to Seaside Heights locals who lost everything, helped their boss Danny clean out his ruined business, and did whatever they could to help. "I wanna do everything I can to help rebuild Seaside...it breaks my heart," an emotional Snooki, who also joked that if their unscathed house could survive them, it could take on that "bitch Sandy," declared. Vinny shared that he was helping not only at the Jersey Shore, but the ravaged Staten Island, his home town.
While it's difficult to wrap one's mind around the chief of police rightly calling the Jersey Shore cast "good kids" for returning to the place that made them famous to lend a helping hand, that's nothing compared to the footage they're seeing or imaging the pain and loss those along the shore are suffering. Even the most fervent fans of Jersey Shore have cried that they are bored with the turn the cast and the show has taken lately, but if this is the new Jersey Shore, one that helps make a new Jersey Shore, this terribly bittersweet ending should make a fan out of all of us.
Watch some of the heartbreaking clips from Restore the Shore below, including a visit with Seaside Heights' mayor Bill Akers:
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Has Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino finally gone too far on a Jersey Shore bender? On March 20, TMZ reported that Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino had checked into rehab for substance abuse.
Sorrentino took to Twitter to shoot down the reports. "Don't believe everything you read and hear," he wrote.
"Michael Sorrentino has spent the past several weeks at an undisclosed location for much needed rest and recuperation after his extensive production and appearance schedule," his rep tells Hollywood.com.
But don't worry, Sitch's lethargic status shouldn't put a wrench in the plans for MTV, who confirmed on March 19 that the ultra-tan house mates Jenni "JWoww" Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Deena Cortese and Pauly DelVecchio would all officially be back for a sixth season. Sitch sounds like he's more than ready to get back to the grind. "Getting in amazing shape for season 6," he shared.
Last night, Jersey Shore's Ronnie and Sammi went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to explain the intricacies of their very "functional" relationship.
Sofia Vergara visited The Late Show to talk about how her giant family was outraged that she didn't win the Emmy, which they think she deserved simply because of her dress.
Jamie Foxx appeared on The Tonight Show to discuss how he loves his daughter, but doesn't exactly trust her behind the wheel of a car.
Finally, Julianna Margulies joined The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon for a Guessing Celebrities contest, at which she proved to be really, really good.
New Jersey native Sammi Giancola rose from obscurity to capture the attention of millions of viewers after appearing on the hit reality series "Jersey Shore" (MTV, 2009- ). She moved into the Seaside Heights shore house as a college student looking to have a little fun, but it was clear from the first episode that Giancola was set to break a few hearts along the way. As one of eight Italian-Americans living under one roof, Giancola was equal parts girl-next-door and sassy vixen. She often stood up to her alpha male housemates, exchanged heated words with several female locals, and won the heart of her hot-tempered but sweet co-star Ronnie Magro. The couple's rocky relationship played out in front of the cameras, and with every tearful breakup and blissful make-up, Giancola helped turn "Jersey Shore" from a TV guilty pleasure into a cultural phenomenon.<p>Raised in Hazlet, NJ, Sammi Giancola attended William Paterson University, where she majored in Sociology and played Division III soccer. As the team's midfielder, Giancola helped her school win the Eastern College Athletic Conference's Metro Tournament in 2009. That same year, she joined the cast of MTV's reality program, "Jersey Shore," about eight Italian-Americans spending a summer in Seaside Heights. Giancola was the only New Jersey native in a cast that included Ronnie Magro and Staten Island fitness club manager Michael Sorrentino, who infamously nicknamed himself "The Situation." A love triangle between Giancola, Magro and Sorrentino provided much of the intrigue during the first few episodes of "Jersey Shore." She ultimately chose Magro and immediately struck up an intimate relationship with him.<p>The reality couple's "honeymoon period" ended almost as soon as it began, with Magro's anger management issues and her jealousy often causing much of the drama. It did not help that the pair was constantly in the midst of alcohol, nightclubs and other attractive single people. During the "Jersey Shore" reunion special that aired in January 2010, a never-before-seen clip of Giancola having a private conversation with Sorrentino was revealed, which angered her boyfriend Magro. The tension in the studio mounted after Giancola broke down in tears and walked off set. She returned shortly after but only to get infamously dumped by Magro on camera.<p>Like the rest of the "Jersey Shore" cast, Giancola was not afraid to be herself even when cameras followed her every move. For the show's biggest critics, the cast portrayed Italian-Americans negatively, especially with their frequent use of the terms "Guido" and "Guidette." One of the largest Italian-American organizations, UNICO National, called for a boycott of the show, while some of MTV's advertisers pulled their commercials out after the first episode aired. MTV Programming President Tony DiSanto defended "Jersey Shore" and said the series aimed to document a specific sub-culture rather than misrepresent the Italian-American community at large. Millions of viewers also made it clear they could not get enough of "Jersey Shore." In February 2010, the cast appeared on "The Today Show" (NBC, 1952- ) and confirmed the show was renewed for a second season.<p><i>By Marc Cuenco</i>