‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’: Is Deena Done With the Show?

Jersey Shore fans finally got to see Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding — and all of the drama that came with it. After such an explosive finale, many fans want to know if Deena Cortese will return for another season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

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The speech was allegedly forced by production

Pivarnick and her husband, Chris Larangeira, claim to have known nothing about the speech until it was about to happen. A former producer who worked on seasons 1 and 2 of the series thinks otherwise. “Production [likely told Angelina] that Jenni, Deena, and Nicole would need to be in her bridal party and that they would need to make speeches at her wedding reception,” the former producer said on Reddit. “From what I have been told, Jenni, Nicole, and Deena did not want to make speeches,” they continued. “Mainly, they felt it was disingenuous because they are not close to [Angelina]. But, they also sign iron clad contracts and must go along with production. I heard that they said that they will only do it, as long as production gives Angelina the heads up. Production told Angelina that the speeches ‘could’ be explosive.”

Polizzi has also spoken out about the speech being a requirement for the show, explaining how she never wanted to do it. “I literally told producers, ‘I’m not going to do a speech because I’m not comfortable doing one; I don’t think we should be doing one,’” Polizzi told The Ashley Reality Roundup. “We were forced to do something we didn’t want to do.

People threatened Deena after they heard the speech 

Before the season finale aired, a clip of the infamous bridesmaid speech leaked online. After people heard it, Cortese addressed the issue head-on in a since-deleted Instagram post: “Listen, I understand you’re all upset about our speech, but we also included nice things in it as well,” Cortese wrote (via E! News). Cortese and her roommates thought Pivarnick would find humor in their speech because, as Cortese said, “Angelina always says ‘I never take myself seriously.’” 

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Cortese said she received threats and, in some cases, verbal attacks against her son, Christopher John. “Wishing bad on my son — how are you any better?” she continued. “Our speech was not meant to be malicious. I’m not a mean person, and our intentions were never negative.” After the episode aired, Jenni “JWoww” Farley addressed this malice, tweeting: “I stayed up so many nights hearing Deena cry over being called names she didn’t deserve. All while Angelina basked in the attention she was given. 7 months I waited for tonight.” Regardless of how close the cast seemed to have gotten in season 3, it seems that’s no longer the case.

Will Deena come back for another season of ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’?

During “The Speech, Pt. 2,” Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Cortese, and Farley are all visibly upset. Between Pivarnick’s explosive reaction to their speech to the confusion Cortese felt regarding that reaction, there was a lot of guilt. “I feel like this happens with Angelina a lot,” Cortese said to cameras. “She was just laughing and told us she loved us, so I’m really confused.” To make things right, Cortese tried to apologize to Pivarnick, who was seemingly having none of it. 

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Like her castmates, Cortese spoke out about Pivarnick’s wedding after the episode aired. As one of the most dramatic things Cortese says she has ever been a part of, it’s unlikely she’ll want to return if the show does another season.