Years of making a lot of money on the hit show, Jersey Shore, and not paying taxes finally caught up to one of the stars, Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino. He was ultimately convicted of tax evasion and sentenced to eight months in the Federal Correction Institution in Otisville, New York. It was a low time for Sorrentino who couldn’t be with his new wife while he was locked up.
But according to the former reality television star, there was something he was able to do while in prison that made being stuck there a little bit more bearable. Sorrentino shared what that was in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly on Tuesday.
Sorrentino Was Able to Watch Jersey Shore While Locked Up in Prison
The Federal Correction Institution in Otisville apparently allowed some of the inmates to watch television, which meant that Sorrentino could watch his own show, Jersey Shore, something he claims made him feel happier than he’d be otherwise.
“You do make friends, but at the end of the day, it’s about survival. You know what I’m saying,” Sorrentino revealed. “The guys in there were really good to me. I got extra food. I was able to watch Jersey Shore every Thursday, which was really cool.” But despite him getting to see his friends on the show, it made him miss his wife even more.
While Sorretino Enjoyed Watching Jersey Shore, It Made Him Miss His Wife, Lauren
“I was a bit in my feels because that was my wedding season,” the reality star shared. “So every Thursday, I’m actually in prison, can’t go anywhere. I’m not with my wife, [Lauren Sorrentino], watching it on TV. So it was a bit surreal. But now I’m home and making the best of it and I’m so happy and grateful to be here with Us Weekly.”
Sorrentino decided that he needed a positive mindset to get through the tough time of being locked up. It was his decision to be accountable and finish his responsibility with pride that provided him with the motivation to get through the less-than-ideal situation of being in prison.
Sorrentino Had to Get Mentally and Emotionally Tough to Serve the Sentence
“Do I rise above or do I get swallowed up by circumstance?” he asked rhetorically, referring to his thought process while he was at the federal corrections facility.
“And I chose to sort of fight this thing. I chose to be accountable. I chose to hold my head high and handle this whole situation from start to finish with grace and class. And I’m very, very proud of myself, my family and my friends for supporting me.”
And Sorrentino did have the support of his friends and family. Vinny Guadagnino, one of Sorrentino’s costars on Jersey Shore, shared his thoughts on how proud of him he was for staying tough while serving his sentence.
Vinny Guadagnino Says Sorrentino Has Been in an Inspiration For Taking Serving Time in Stride
“He obviously has been the inspiration for a while, but that was like seeing it in actual real life because it was tested, and it’s like you can have all the quotes in the world, but that was actually something you had to physically go through,” Guadagnino said. “And he remained the same exact person in prison. He was emailing us, keeping me positive while he was there.”
Fortunately for Sorrentino, he served his sentence and has been reunited with his wife, family, and friends. And to top that, the New Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is also set to premiere on MTV Thursday, February 27, at 8 p.m. ET.