‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’: Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Explained How Uncle Nino Helped Him in Prison

Jersey Shore fans were delighted when Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was reunited with roommates. After almost a year in prison, the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast missed their friend’s positive affirmations and catchphrases. Now that he’s served his time, Sorrentino is back and more positive than ever. 

Upon his return to the Jersey Shore, Sorrentino clued his roommates in on what happened during his prison sentence. He also thanked Vinny Guadagnino‘s Uncle Nino, who pulled through for Big Daddy Sitch.

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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino

Mike Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months 

Sorrentino was sentenced to eight months in prison for tax evasion. After years of legal fees and court dates, Sorrentino was happy to serve his time and finally put his mistakes behind him. 

In Jan. 2019, Sorrentino entered into a federal prison in upstate New York. In addition to serving time, Sorrentino was required to pay a $10,000 fine and participate in 500 hours of community service. 

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In Sept. 2019, Sorrentino was released from prison. His wife, Lauren Pesce, and MTV producers were there to pick him up. Upon getting into the car, Sorrentino requested to be taken “back to the Jersey Shore.” He was reunited with his roommates the next day.  

Uncle Nino put in a good word 

By no means is prison comfortable. However, if you know the right people, your sentence can be better than others. That was the case for Sorrentino. Fortunately, Uncle Nino was able to reach out to his prison connections and put in a good word for Sorrentino before he arrived. 

“From the first day that I entered into prison, there was a chance that people may have not liked me. But from the day I got in, people, they helped me out. And I have to thank Uncle Nino for putting the word out for me,” Mike explained. Had it not been for Uncle Nino, Sorrentino’s sentence could have gone a whole lot worse. 

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In a conversation with Uncle Nino, Sorrentino shared: “They sat me down and I’m telling you, they told me to tell you, ‘Tell Uncle Nino that we looked out for you. We heard you put out the word and we looked out for you.'” The names were bleeped out of the episode, but Sorrentino regaled Uncle Nino with tales of his friends helping Sorrentino serve his time. 

Thanks to Uncle Nino’s contacts, not a day went by where Sorrentino wasn’t well fed. Most of the time, Sorrentino said he also had double the allotted amount of food, thanks to Uncle Nino’s friends. “Listen, the whole experience, it was not fun at any particular time, but I appreciate you putting out the word,” Mike told Uncle Nino.

Life in prison, according to ‘The Situation’ 

Sorrentino’s Jersey Shore roommates had “a thousand questions” regarding his time in prison regarding his daily routine, workouts, and of course, prison food.

After answering his roommates questions, Sorrentino shared his most memorable prison experience — being locked up with President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen. Knowing Cohen didn’t like chicken, Sorrentino attempted to get him to smuggle poultry to eat post-workout. Unfortunately, Sorrentino said Cohen “chickened out.”

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