Michael Sorrentino

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Mike Sorrentino
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Sorrentino in 2013
BornMichael Sorrentino
(1982-07-04) July 4, 1982 (age 36)
Staten Island, New York U.S.
  • Television personality
Years active2009–present
Known forJersey Shore
Dancing with the Stars
Celebrity Big Brother
Jersey Shore: Family Vacation
Lauren Pesce (m. 2018)
Parent(s)Frank Sorrentino (Father); Linda Sorrentino (Mother)
RelativesFrank Sorrentino; Marc Sorrentino (brothers); Melissa Sorrentino (sister)

Michael Sorrentino (born July 4, 1982)[2], also known as The Situation, is an American television personality. He appeared on the MTV reality show Jersey Shore in all six seasons from December 2009 through its final episode in December 2012.


Sorrentino was a cast-member of Jersey Shore since its debut in 2009. Since appearing on that show, Sorrentino has been a guest on TV series including The Howard Stern Show, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, The Jay Leno Show, Lopez Tonight, SportsNation, Chelsea Lately, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Conan.

Sorrentino was a contestant on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars,[3] eliminated on the 4th week. His partner was Karina Smirnoff.

In 2010, Sorrentino appeared with Bristol Palin in a public service announcement for The Candie's Foundation, as part of its Pause Before You Play campaign to prevent teen pregnancy.[4]

In January 2011, Sorrentino signed on to star as a judge in the YOBI.tv talent-show web series Random Talent.[5] The name of the series was later changed to New Stage after the theme song title of the same name, written and performed by another New Stage costar Mykell.[citation needed]

Sorrentino made more than $5 million in 2010, the second highest of any other reality star after Kim Kardashian.[6][7] This money was accrued through endorsements with Devotion Vodka,[8][9] Reebok Zigtech shoes,[citation needed] as well as a ghost-written autobiography,[10] a rap song,[11] a workout DVD,[10][12] a vitamin line for GNC,[13] a clothing line,[14][15] and appearances on Jersey Shore and Dancing with the Stars.

In March 2011 Sorrentino appeared on the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.[16] His performance became a point of mocking that the other roasters, like Jeff Ross, capitalized on. In August of that year, Sorrentino was offered a "substantial" sum of money by fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch not to wear the company's clothes. A spokesman for the company explained that "Mr Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image."[17][18] In November 2011, Sorrentino filed a lawsuit against A&F after they made shirts that read "The Fitchuation" and "GTL...You Know The Deal."[19]

On February 22, 2012, Sorrentino appeared in a small cameo role on ABC's Suburgatory. In June 2012, he participated in Fox's dating game show The Choice.[20] On August 15, 2012 he became a housemate on the tenth series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5[21] and on September 7, 2012 he came in fourth on the series final.[22]

In October 2012, he appeared in a PETA ad campaign promoting the spaying and neutering of pets.[23]

In 2014, he appeared on a reality show with his family, which aired on the TVGN network.[24]

In 2015, he was a participant on the fifth season of Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars with his partner, Lauren Pesce.[25]

In 2016 he was a participant on the 9th season of Worst Cooks in America.

In April 2017, Sorrentino appeared on We TV's Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his brothers Marc and Frank Sorrentino.

In 2018, it was confirmed that a reboot of Jersey Shore, called Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, would air on MTV, with Sorrentino returning as a cast member.

Personal life[edit]

Sorrentino obtained an associate's degree from Brookdale Community College and attended Kean University and Monmouth University.[26]

Sorrentino worked as an assistant manager of a fitness center in Staten Island.[13] When he was 25, he lost this job and began underwear modeling.[27]

He has two older brothers, Frank and Marc, and a younger sister named Melissa. Marc also serves as The Situation's manager and partner in MPS Entertainment.

On March 21, 2012, Sorrentino confirmed that he had checked himself into rehab "to get control of a prescription medication problem"[28] he had with oxycodone. He checked out of the Cirque Lodge treatment center in Utah on April 4, 2012.[29]

For three years in the 2000s (2004 to 2007), Sorrentino dated his college sweetheart, Lauren Pesce.[25] They later reconciled, and on April 26, 2018, Sorrentino announced they had gotten engaged.[30][31] They married on November 1, 2018.[1]

Legal issues[edit]

On June 17, 2014, Sorrentino was arrested for assault after a fight at a tanning salon in Middletown Township, New Jersey.[32]

In September 2014, Sorrentino was charged with tax fraud, allegedly avoiding paying taxes on $8.9 million. According to the US Attorney, Sorrentino and his brother, Marc, established S corporations that paid for personal expenses and failed to report income.[33] In April 2017, further charges were levied against Sorrentino and his brother, alleging tax evasion and the structuring of bank deposits to avoid reporting thresholds.[34]

On January 19, 2018, Sorrentino pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion, as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.[35] Sentencing occurred on October 5 at the United States District Court of New Jersey in Newark.[36]

On October 5, 2018, Sorrentino was sentenced to 8 months in prison, 2 years of supervised probation, and 500 hours of community service.[37]

On October 22, 2018, an order was issued by United States District Judge Susan Wigenton extending the date for Sorrentino to surrender to the Bureau of Prisons to January 19, 2019 or as soon thereafter as the Bureau of Prisons shall designate. The Bureau of Prisons will designate the location.


Year Program Role Notes
2009–12 Jersey Shore Himself Cast member
2010 Dancing with the Stars Himself Contestant (9th Place)
2011 New Stage Angel Adonis
The Roast of Donald Trump Himself Roaster
2012 Suburgatory D.J.
Celebrity Big Brother Himself Housemate (4th Place)
The Three Stooges Himself
The Choice Himself
2014 The Sorrentinos Himself
2015 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Himself
2016 Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Himself Contestant
2017 Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition Himself
2018–present Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Himself Cast member


  1. ^ a b "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Marries Lauren Pesce". US Weekly. November 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Situation". UsMagazine.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Itzkoff, Dave (August 31, 2010). "Comedy and Politics Mix in New 'dancing' Lineup". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Wallace, Kelsey (November 17, 2010). "Bristol Palin and The Situation Bring Us the World's Most Awkward PSA". Bitch. Archived from the original on April 4, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "Reality Stars Head to YOBI.tv for Web Series". Extra. March 29, 2011. Archived from the original on 2018-04-08. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Stars turn out in force for Bill Clinton's Birthday Bash; 'The Situation' Rakes in the Dough; Jay Leno Lends a Hand to the Gulf Coast". Kansas City Star. August 23, 2010.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Dallas Chef Cut from 'Top Chef'; Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Rakes in the Dough". The Dallas Morning News. September 3, 2010. Archived from the original on September 4, 2010.
  8. ^ "Jersey Shore star The Situation set to bring his famous abs to Dancing with the Stars". London: Daily Mail (U.K.). August 25, 2010.
  9. ^ "Can this new protein-infused vodka help with bodybuilding? Ask The Situation". Toronto Life. August 31, 2010. Archived from the original on September 5, 2010.
  10. ^ a b "The Situation? Ha! Call him the Corporation". MSNBC. August 23, 2010.
  11. ^ Venutolo, Anthony (August 6, 2010). "'The Situation' releases rap tune". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "Abs-fab! The Situation releases a workout DVD (that's if you REALLY want to look like him)". London: Daily Mail (U.K.). August 13, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Cast Announced for 'Dancing With the Stars'". Salt Lake City Tribune. August 30, 2010.
  14. ^ "Here's The Situation: You can Soon Dress Like Him". MSNBC. August 10, 2010.
  15. ^ "The 'Jersey Shore' Side Show: Money-Making Schemes Galore". ABC News. August 20, 2010.
  16. ^ "Show Tracker". Los Angeles Times. March 17, 2011.
  17. ^ Sweney, Mark (August 17, 2011). "Jersey Shore's The Situation offered cash not to wear Abercrombie & Fitch". The Guardian. London. Retrieved August 17, 2011.
  18. ^ Holmes, Elizabeth (August 16, 2011). "Abercrombie and Fitch Offers to Pay 'The Situation' To Stop Wearing Its Clothes". The Wall Street Journal.
  19. ^ "Mike 'The Situation' sues Abercrombie & Fitch over clothing dispute, report says". The Star-Ledger. Newark, NJ. November 16, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  20. ^ Hibberd, James (May 8, 2012). "Fox's 'The Choice' cast revealed! Joe Jonas, Dean Cain, The Situation, many more -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 11, 2013.
  21. ^ Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino joins Celebrity Big Brother 2012 Starcasm.net
  22. ^ The Situation comes in fourth in the CBB final (in hindsight, we might even miss him a bit) Rachael Wheeler, Daily Mirror, September 7, 2012
  23. ^ "Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino in PETA Ad: 'Too Much Pu***y Can be A Bad Thing". HuffingtonPost.com. October 15, 2012.
  24. ^ "'Jersey Shore' star The Situation launching new reality series — Exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. March 31, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  25. ^ a b Bentley, Jean (May 31, 2015). "The Situation's Girlfriend Wasn't Happy About His Jersey Shore Antics -- Marriage Boot Camp Stars Dish on Their Relationship". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  26. ^ "'Jersey Shore's' Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Opens Up About His Relationship With Family", New York Post, October 4, 2010. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  27. ^ Kara, Scott (September 2, 2010). "A Quick Word: Mike Sorrentino". The New Zealand Herald.
  28. ^ "'The Situation' blames exhaustion for drug problem". CNN. March 21, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  29. ^ Everett, Cristina (April 5, 2012). "The Situation checks out of rehab". Daily News. New York City.
  30. ^ Sorrentino, Mike (April 26, 2018). "The Future Mr & Mrs Situation". Mike Sorrentino verified Instagram page. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  31. ^ Longeretta, Emily (April 26, 2018). "Exclusive: Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Is Engaged to Lauren Pesce". Us Weekly. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  32. ^ "'The Situation' charged in fight at tanning salon". Associated Press. June 17, 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014.
  33. ^ "Here's 'The Situation': Jersey Shore's Mike Sorrentino Indicted On Tax Fraud Charges". Forbes. September 24, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  34. ^ "Reality Star 'The Situation' Hit With Additional Tax Fraud Charges". CBS New York. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  35. ^ Mordock, Jeff (2018-01-19). "'Jersey Shore's' 'The Situation' pleads guilty to tax fraud". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  36. ^ "'Jersey Shore' star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino will face tax evasion sentencing this fall". New York Post. 2018-06-09. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  37. ^ https://people.com/tv/jersey-shore-mike-sorrentino-sentenced-prison/

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