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Samantha Harris: 'Jersey Shore' Sets a Bad Example

by Nicholas White, posted Dec 16th 2009 4:26PM
'Dancing With the Stars' hostess Samantha Harris is speaking out against MTV's cultish reality hit 'Jersey Shore' -- and specifically a scene in which a 21-year-old female cast member is punched by a 24-year-old man while drinking at a bar.

"I have to not necessarily applaud MTV, but say I finally think they made the right choice by pulling the episode where the guy punches the girl in the face," Harris told Inside TV at Tuesday's JCPenney "Joy of Giving" party in West Hollywood.

Thursday's episode of 'Jersey Shore,' in which Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is punched by a gym teacher, who is charged with assault, was pulled by MTV this week.<'Dancing With the Stars' hostess Samantha Harris is speaking out against MTV's cultish reality hit 'Jersey Shore' -- and specifically a scene in which a 21-year-old female cast member is punched by a 24-year-old man while drinking at a bar.

"I have to not necessarily applaud MTV, but say I finally think they made the right choice by pulling the episode where the guy punches the girl in the face," Harris told Inside TV at Tuesday's JCPenney "Joy of Giving" party in West Hollywood.

Thursday's episode of 'Jersey Shore,' in which Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is punched by a gym teacher, who is charged with assault, was pulled by MTV this week.

"The fact that I think they were originally planning to put that on -- once it went viral, and got such a backlash, and advertisers started to bow out, I think the green started to speak to them, and they don't want to lose money and advertising dollars," Harris, said Harris, whose show 'DWTS' is on ABC, owned by rival company Disney.

"I think it's a shame that our culture unfortunately somehow has a need for abuse, violence and degradation. You see that with the 'Real Housewives' shows, and now 'Jersey Shore' is doing it," Harris said. "But, to me the problem is MTV is a network that caters to a younger audience. I don't want my daughter at 12, 15, 16 watching the shows and thinking that is cool."

The upcoming 10th season of 'DWTS' premieres in the spring. This off-season, Harris has been hosting Entertainment Tonight on weekends, while working full-time on 'The Insider.'

Cast for the upcoming 'DWTS' season has yet to be announced.

"I think our producers are very good at what they do and they are continually trying to stay true to the inner core of the show but still give it a fresh spin," Harris said. "I am as big of a fan as anyone else. Even though I am a part of the show, I am just a fan of it. I try to wait until a week or two before they actually announce it to find out the cast myself. I am excited about who may or may not be on."

Tops of her list? Hugh Jackman and Charlie Sheen.

"I always enjoy a little Hugh Jackman, so that would be fantastic. Season 10, we need to hit it big," Harris said. "I would love Charlie Sheen on the show. It would be interesting of course, because Denise Richards did it, his ex. That would add an interesting dynamic to it."

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