Jersey Shore’s The Situation Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud

The Situation in a Jersey Shore promo image

Aside from Keeping Up with the Kardashians, there are certain reality TV shows that transcend the rest in regards to popularity. For MTV, their biggest hit was perhaps The Jersey Shore, which redefined the pop culture lexicon during its six season run. Watching the cast of tanned partiers get black out drunk and have occasional fist fights truly captured the attention of the public, leading to a handful of spinoffs for Snooki and JWoww. For the boys, there was no character quite as iconic as Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. Unfortunately, he's had some legal troubles, and just plead guilty to tax evasion.

A new report for Mike Sorrentino's legal troubles reveals that The Situation just plead guilty at a Newark, New Jersey court. Mike Sorrentino originally plead not guilty to the case of tax evasion, which could have resulted in a whopping 15 years in prison. Now that he's plead guilty, the results will likely be a bit more forgiving. The Situation will receive his sentencing on April 25th, according to a report by TMZ.

News of The Situation's guilty plea will no doubt strike terror into the hearts of his many fans. After all The Jersey Shore cast will return through a reunion special set in Miami, Florida. Luckily, Mike Sorrentino's judge took some pity on him, and he'll be allowed to travel out of state to film the reunion. Good thing, because his cancellation would have definitely been a situation.

The case against The Situation came out in March of last year. Some of the charges made against the reality TV personality include tax evasion, structuring and falsifying records to avoid detection of assets. He allegedly failed to pay any taxes on his earnings from The Jersey Shore and his various club appearances, which totaled up to a whopping $8.9 million made from 2010 and 2012.

While Mike Sorrentino wad one of the biggest stars of The Jersey Shore, his notoriety leaned more toward infamous than famous. He'd eventually have very public missteps, like his substance abuse issues and his absolutely terrible performance during the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump. He was a surprising addition to the dais, he didn't bother hiring writers to help him deliver burns to the panel of roasters. What resulted was so cringe worthy, you'll wish The Situation would have stuck to GTL.

While both The Situation and Jersey Shore fans are happy to see him participating in the reunion, his pending charges will no doubt be looming above the upcoming special. It should be interesting to see if Mike Sorrentino is still able to give his signature Situation "charm", or if he's decidedly more tame than his tenure on the original series. We'll just have to wait and see when it arrives on MTV.

CinemaBlend will be sure to update you on The Situation's legal issues as details become public.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.