Let’s all openly admit it: MTV’s juggernaut Jersey Shore was a rare gift and we didn’t deserve it. Whether you loved it or hate-watched every episode, it’s undeniable that Jersey Shore changed the landscape of Reality TV forever, not to mention the common vernacular. Since the announcement of a cast reunion for the limited run series Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, we’ve been wondering where the Snookies and Situations of the world have been hiding? Here’s a peek at what they’re up to now.
21-year old Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was the breakout star of Jersey Shore who put us in touch with our inner meatball problems. She was also the victim of a brutal punch to the face in a shore bar by a MALE gym teacher – a punch that galvanized the group into one solid, Snooki-loving entity. The rest of America followed suit.
Snooki, who prefers to go by Nicole these days, is still the same bronzed, big haired guidette that we know and love. But she’s taken her ridiculous antics to the smaller screen, starring in a YouTube series with her BFF Jenni “Jwoww” Farley, along with hosting a podcast. 30-year old wife and mom of two, Snooki has rebranded herself into a tiny, tan powerhouse, establishing her brand in clothing, craft, and book lines.
Known for her ride or die loyalty to BFF Snooki and her tendency to pee in parking lots, 23-year old Jenni “Jwoww” Farley was the first gal to take a gander at Pauly D’s weiner and say, “No thanks, dude.” Her throwdown with Sammi also catapulted her to fame, or at least to the title holder of baddest bitch in the Shore House.
31-year old Jenny is married to long time boyfriend Roger now, and mother of two adorable kiddos. She lives near Snooki (of course) and has tried her hand at writing and developing clothing lines as well. Her YouTube show, “Snooki & JWOWW: Moms with Attitude” teaches women everywhere how to make crafts for a 4-year old’s birthday party while simultaneously rinsing out your hair extensions in the tub.
The Situation Then
27-year old Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino taught us all the value of jumping on a grenade in the club for your friend. A core member of MVP (Mike, Vinnie, Pauly), he was best known for yanking up his tank top to show strangers the “situation” underneath. Oh – and also head butting himself into a neck brace.