About mid-way through the interview, it became entertainingly clear that neither host has been keeping up with the show, as Hoda asked if they were dating anyone, either from 'Jersey Shore' or outside it. When the producers put a graphic of Ronnie up on the screen, Kathie Lee asked, "Are you guys fighting over him? Who is that, Paulie D?"
"Who's got your back when you're fighting?" he mused. "You turn around and look who's with you, you know who your friends are."
In the past, there was nothing that would stop the gang from jumping into any fight, but on this night, no one was interested in backing Mike up as he got into a shouting match with "a hater." As tensions escalated, the others simply left the club, leaving him alone.
In the joint interview, Ron and Sam were very good about giving each other equal speaking time. Plus, they were happy to touch upon some of the lesser-addressed but still important 'Jersey Shore'-related issues that only serious fans can appreciate.
For example, have you ever wondered why, in every house-based fight, Ronnie resorts to bed-tossing? Those twin-sized cots are no match for the man who beat up the Situation (with a little help from the wall).
Read on to find out what deep-seated childhood aspiration causes Ronnie to take out his rage on defenseless mattresses, which cast member fared the best with the Italian language barrier, and when the couple plans to quit doing 'Jersey Shore' (Thursdays, 10PM ET on MTV). Rest easy: It's not any time soon.
If you answered "yes," and you're also a young professional living in Silicon Valley, then we may have just the reality show opportunity you've been waiting for.
'Business Insider' reports that a casting call has gone out looking for young professionals to star in a Silicon Valley reality show.
The casting call is looking for "confident professionals with big personalities." Marital status and sexual orientation is unimportant, but successful applicants must love to party hard.
As Kelly Ripa read clues like, "A castmate hit a copcar while driving on the streets of Italy," and "two girls in the cast call themselves team Meatball and ended up in bed together after a trip to the Italian shore," Larry had to hold up a sign of the Situation if he thought they'd actually happened. He played along, but the self-avowed redneck didn't seem too interested in the latest 'Jersey Shore' hijinks.
Our favorite TV clips from this week ran the full gamut of emotions, and were filled with contradictions. J.R. Martinez's 'Dancing With the Stars' tribute to fallen soldiers was uplifting and emotional, a solid rebound after the horror of last week's Nancy Grace nip slip. Andy Rooney's '60 Minutes' sign-off was grumpily sincere, while Evangeline Lilly's story about farting on an airplane passenger was gross but oddly charming.
Meanwhile, Snooki throwing wine bottles at the Situation was, like most things that happen on 'Jersey Shore,' sadly entertaining. Finally, Hank Williams Jr. comparing President Obama to Hitler ... well, that was just absurd and unoriginal.
Check out the clips after the jump and vote for your personal favorite in our weekly poll.
As a joke, he spread the story that he had one of his buddies back in the States call Snooki's on-again-off-again boyfriend Jionni and tell him that she hooked up with Mike. He whispers this to several people in an attempt to see who "the rat" is in the house, but his plan didn't make much sense.
Regardless, the lie got to Snooki, and she started chasing Mike around quite literally throwing wine bottles at him and anything else she could reach until Vinny finally convinced her it never happened and it was all a joke. A very expensive and messy joke by the time she calmed down.
This week in TV clips was at times horrifying, but ended on a positive note. Last week's 'X Factor Flashing' gave way to the Nancy Grace nip slip. And then Andy Rooney retired, which inspired outpouring of mash-ups saluting his career in grumpy old man musings. Both Ed Helms and Seth Rogen got Jersey Turnpiked by the 'Jersey Shore.' But then Jaleel White came back into our TV lives and set everything back right in the world.
Check out some of our favorite clips from the week that was in TV and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.
She wound up in Vinny's bed and in not so subtle terms, basically told him to have sex with her. To his credit, Vinny did ask first if Jionni was out of the picture, and Snooki assured him he was. That said, how out of the picture is Jionni? They're really just fighting. This isn't going to help her case if Snooki still wants to try to make it work with him.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie won't say if he's running for president, but he's definitely campaigning against 'Jersey Shore.' NJ.com is reporting that Christie has vetoed the controversial $420,000 tax credit the New Jersey Development Authority had granted the boozy MTV reality show.
"I have no interest in policing the content of such projects," Christie said in a statement. "However, as chief executive I am duty-bound to ensure that taxpayers are not footing a $420,000 bill for a project which does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens."
Seaside Heights mayor P. Kenneth Hershey had previously defended the tax credit, arguing that having the show film in his beach town helps the local economy.
NJ.com reports that the same program has handed out entertainment-related tax credits to 'Hell in a Cell at Newark,' several live wrestling shows, and 'Chlorine,' a film starring Kyra Sedgwick.
"I respect them like I respect a stunt man, like a rodeo clown or something like that," he explained. "Because they are putting themselves in physical danger for our entertainment."
He cited the excessive drinking of things no one should consume and the excessive bedding of things no one should bed. That puts them at risk for diseases and alcohol poisoning, and they do it all for us. Kind of puts what they do on that show in a whole new light, doesn't it?
But then Snooki got to drinking. And then Snooki got to dancing. And then Snooki got to pulling up her dress. Let's face it, she was a sloppy mess by this time, which was too much for Jionni to handle. Embarrassed, he left the club, and when he got back to the house, he packed up and left Italy.
Apparently, it was an unforgivable offense, and apparently he'd never seen the show before and didn't really know Snooki all that well if this behavior came as a surprise to him. Snooki, though, didn't just cry about his disappearance from the club. She screamed all kinds of hurtful things at JWoww that were completely undeserved.
Jimmy Fallon's 'Jersey Shore' parody has been a running gag on his late night talk show since March. In Fallon's world, there's a magical floor in the office building "where you can go and everything's Jerseyfied!"
After the jump, watch what happens when the real 'Jersey Shore' gang joined J-Bro, Drootchie and the gang in "the most funnest place in the entire world!"
Williams' first question was one viewers have been wondering for several seasons now: Is Ronnie on steroids? He is massively jacked, after all, and prone to fits of bed-throwing rage. But Ronnie denied being on steroids, and said what people are seeing there is what he calls "Sam Rage," a tell-tale sign of any healthy relationship.
Other topics the interview covered: Did The Situation and Snooki actually hook up? Ronnie seemed to hint that they might have, even after all of his conflict with Mike this season. He said that the Situation is many things, but not a liar, and that Snooki has a history of cheating on her boyfriends.
There were so many good TV clips this week, choosing the Top 5 wasn't easy.
Charlie Sheen returned to TV on a goodwill tour to atone for his wrongdoings, before being roasted for them. Kate Gosselin, on the other hand, vowed to never leave TV. Ricky Gervais monologue-bombed Jimmy Fallon and Snooki crashed a car into her own police escort.
And we can't forget Kathy Griffin getting naked with Anderson Cooper. (We've tried.)
With so much goodness to chose from, let's just get to the clips, shall we? Check them out after the jump and vote for your favorite in our weekly poll.
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