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Jersey Shore Ratings Continue to Rise

Things just keep getting better at the Jersey Shore. Ratings for the MTV reality series increased to 2.5 million viewers Thursday night. In the adults ages 18-49 demo, the show rocketed 27 percent to a 1.4 rating. Shore also earned a 2.2 rating among women ages 18-34. Thursday's episode made headlines days before its premiere, specifically after a clip of cast member Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi getting punched at a bar went viral. MTV later decided to black out the scene. Jersey Shore - which follows the tanning, fist-pumping and partying ways of eight Italian Americans - debuted to 1.3 million viewers Dec. 4. Source Here

Jersey Shore Attacker Apologizes to Snooki

The New York City gym teacher who punched Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi on Jersey Shore has apologized for his actions, the New York Post reports. Brad Ferro, 24, says he doesn't remember much of the night at the Beachcomber Bar & Grill in Seaside Heights, N.J., where, earlier in the night, bouncers told him to cut back on drinking. "It's all fuzzy. I remember a punch - I don't remember who or why and I remember being arrested." "When I saw the video, I was sick to my stomach," Ferro told the Post. "I couldn't believe that I'd ever do anything like that. I was raised to act in a respectful manner to women." Ferro hopes that Snooki, 21, will be able to forgive him. "I'm very sorry for what happened," he told her. "I deeply regret what happened. Nobody deserves that. That was not the real Brad Ferro." After the attack, Ferro was arrested and subsequently removed from his class and placed into one of the Department of Education's teacher reassignment centers. His lawyer, Andrew Siben, hopes Ferro will get a second chance to prove himself. "I think he's a decent young man who, unfortunately, made a bad decision which has come back to haunt him," said Siben. Jersey Shore airs Thursdays at 10/9c on MTV, though the network has decided not to air the punch in this week's episode as originally planned. Source Here

'Jersey Shore': British and all classed up

What a difference an accent can make. Or that's what "The Tonight Show" wants you to believe. The night after Conan O'Brien got dubbed "The Solution" by "Jersey Shore's" The Situation, "The Tonight Show" team decided that it was the accent and vernacular that was standing in the way of society embracing the greatness of "Jersey Shore." And what's the most refined accent there is? Well, Conan's folks think it's British. They gave us The Queen, crumpets and Hugh Grant after all. Source & Video

Jersey Shore Cast Members Say Punch Brought Them Together

MTV may have pulled the Jersey Shore punch off the air, but cast members of the reality show say the incident also had an uplifting effect. "It brought us together," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi tells TV Guide Network's Hollywood 411. "It was a positive, we all got so close." MTV called the incident, in which Polizzi was socked in a bar, "extremely disturbing" and announced Friday it had decided against airing the punch. "After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air 'Snooki' being physically punched in next week's episode," the network said in a statement. Seaside Heights, N.J., housemate Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino shared Polizzi's sentiment. "You know that was an unfortunate event, I mean it ... it brought us that much closer in the house. By any means you should never hit a girl," he told Hollywood 411. The physical altercation, between Polizzi and a man later identified by New York Post as Brad Ferro, took place in August when all the show's cast members were at a Seaside Heights bar. Ferro was arrested that night for the punch, which injured Polizzi's mouth. Ferro could not be located for comment. Source Here

Jersey Shore Pumps Up Ratings By 50 Percent

The cast of MTV's Jersey Shore may seem oblivious to the outside world as they party, pump their fists, and work out, but viewers are taking note of them: The show's second week ratings were up 50 percent in its second week, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jersey Shore nabbed 2.1 million viewers, a big boost from the 1.3 million viewers that tuned in for the show's debut. The series follows eight twenty-somethings living together in a rented beach house in Seaside Heights, N.J. It has gotten widespread attention in part because of objections from Italian-Americans who say it portrays their culture in a negative light. Among the critics: Italian-American actress Alyssa Milano. "My husband actually showed me the trailer on YouTube last night, and I got upset," Milano, 36, told Us. "It upset me. I was like, 'Turn that off!' So no, I don't think I'll be watching that!'" Do you think Jersey Shore is entertaining or offensive? Source Here

MTV Pulls Punch Clip From Next Episode of Jersey Shore

MTV has pulled a scene from the next episode of Jersey Shore that showed one of the show's main characters, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, getting punched in the face, TVGuide.com has confirmed. A clip of the scene was featured in a preview Thursday and went viral soon after. The clip showed an unidentified man jabbing Polizzi's face and subsequently knocking her head back violently. "What happened to 'Snooki' was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing," MTV said in a statement. "After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air 'Snooki' being physically punched in next week's episode." In the statement, the network also assured fans of the show that the episode will still make clear what events transpired during the night, including the aftermath. The clip has also been removed from YouTube. After the clip hit the Internet, Polizzi's attacker was identified as a New York City gym teacher named Brad Ferro by the New York Post. Ferro, 24, was arrested that same evening for the assault, from which Polizzi sustained an injury to the mouth, Seaside Heights Detective Steve Korman told the Post. MTV also said it still plans to air a message at the end of Thursday's episode that shares available resources for those being abused. Resources include 911, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline and loveisrespect.org. The information will also be made available on their website. Source Here

The Punch Heard Around The "Shore"!!!

Not long after my original post about Jersey Shore hit the web, I was bitch-smacked by ET's report on cast member Nicole (Snookie) being punched in the face by a random guy in the club. Jersey Shore just keeps getting wilder and wilder! But according to ET, Nicole (21) thought that it was good for the producers of Jersey Shore to show the footage, because it was "reality". Now, as much as I denounce reality from reality shows, Nicole pretty much was right about that one. To Read More Click Here .

The City's Whitney Port Defends Jersey Shore

The City star Whitney Port says MTV's latest reality phenomenon, Jersey Shore, is about entertaining, not offending. Italian-Americans have complained about the series, which features eight tanned, hard-partying, self-declared "guidos" and "guidettes" as they drink, dance, hook up, and, with varying work ethics, try to sell T-shirts. Two advertisers have backed off. At the launch of Tacori's new fashion jewelry collection 18K925, Port told TVGuide.com that although the show features over-the-top stars, "you could say that about any reality show." MTV Exec: It bums me out people are offended by Jersey Shore "Everybody is trying to get their most exaggerated side out there and to cause drama," the 24-year-old said. "But it's definitely entertaining." Whitney's own reality show, The City, was recently picked up for Season 2 and will focus on the launch of her fashion line, Whitney Eve. "They're chronicling the whole process from starting to design, to the fashion show at Bryant Park [and] everyone's back in action," she said. Will you tune into the next season of The City? Source Here

Jersey Shore Gets New Advertiser

So much for that boycott: MTV's Jersey Shore has scored a new advertiser just a week after several sponsors bailed over the content of the controversial show, TVGuide.com has confirmed. Beenverified.com, a Web site that does background checks, jumped on board after hearing about the vacant slots, Danny Canarick, a rep for the company, told TVGuide.com. "We thought that it was a really great opportunity to get our message out there," he said. "It certainly fits into part of the audience we're trying to reach. One of the things we talk about at our company is that background checks used to be really associated with major corporations and what we're saying now is that everyone has the ability to run a background check." Domino's and American Family Insurance pulled their ads from the show after its premiere last week, which sparked outrage from a slew of Italian-American groups. UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the U.S., has also called for an advertising boycott. Canarick said the company is not too worried about the backlash because the show is entertainment, and hopes that people won't take it too seriously. But at the same time, "we don't want to offend anyone." "We're pretty confident that a large, vast majority of people know that it is strictly entertainment and the culture is what it is," he said. "It would certainly be irresponsible from a business perspective to ignore that opportunity. ... There are very few opportunities that come along where you really feel like you get a lot of value and a lot of bang for your buck." Beenverified.com's ads will start running during Thursday's episode. Calls to MTV were not immediately returned. Source Here

MTV: Jersey Shore is Not For Everyone

It's not all fun and games at the Jersey Shore. One day after losing ad sponsorship from Domino's, MTV did damage control with a statement saying "no advertiser has specifically pulled full sponsorship from the show. Domino's had indicated that they just did not want their run of schedule spots running during Jersey Shore, so they are not currently scheduled there," a network representative said in a statement. Domino's' vice president of communications, Tim McIntyre, talked to TVGuide.com Friday about the decision to make sure its ads on MTV would not longer play during the show.. "One of the ads happened to show up and once we saw what the program was, we decided that the content wasn't in keeping with what we're all about," McIntyre said. Friday, following the reality show's Thursday night premiere on MTV, a rep for UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the U.S., told TMZ that the group had received many angry calls about the show from Italian-Americans. "Italian Americans are outraged and they are helping us reach out to sponsors to ask them to stop advertising with MTV until they agree to pull Jersey Shore," a rep told the site. UNICO began urging MTV not to run the series - which follows a group of hard-partying Italian-American twentysomethings living on the Jersey Shore - since before its debut. "Jersey Shore may not be for every sponsor or advertiser and we understand that. We try to provide a variety of environments for our advertisers and it's never a 'one size fits all' scenario with MTV." Calls and e-mails to UNICO were not returned. Source Here