MTV: No Plans to Recast ‘Jersey Shore’

Network shoots down reports. Besides, how could it find anyone else to GTL for less than $100K an episode?

Last Updated: June 24, 2011 @ 9:16 AM

MTV says it has no plans to recast "Jersey Shore," despite reports that its current fist-pumpers are on their way out.

Us Weekly and TMZ report that the show plans to replace the hard-drinking, deep-tanned housemates after the fifth season of the show, which begins shooting Monday.

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But MTV says it isn't so.

"We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun.
We currently have no plans to recast the show," a network spokesperson told TheWrap.

The show wouldn't have much trouble finding a new batch of big personalities willing to party and go to the gym for less than the $100,000 each cast member now reportedly makes per episode.

But the cast has been through this kind of speculation before: A report last year said they would be repaced for the third season, and all somehow lived to bar-fight another day.

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And even if they were replaced, MTV already has spin-offs planned for the show's breakout stars, including Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Jenni "J-Woww" Farley, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, and Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio.

The show's fourth season, which finds the whole gang transplanted to Italy, debuts Thursday, Aug. 4, at 10 p.m.