‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s Most Controversial Moments From the MTV Series

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has had his fair share of controversies on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. From quarrels with his roommates to shutting himself in the bathroom with house guests, Ortiz-Magro has been at the center many talked-about moments from episodes of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. These are just a few of the most popular.

'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation' star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro in an episode from season 1 of the MTV series
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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and the French girl 

In Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 1, Ortiz-Magro met a French girl in the nightclub. She ended up coming back to the house, where Ortiz-Magro famously shut himself in the bathroom with her. 

“It’s not worth it,” Pauly DelVecchio told him at the time. “We were just talking, bro,” Ortiz-Magro replied. “You’re interrupting my conversation with her.”

The next day, Ortiz-Magro assumed Jen Harley, the mother of his child and then-girlfriend, heard about his night, so he called her to see what she knew. As the Jersey Shore roommates point out in the episode, Ortiz-Magro unnecessarily admitted guilt in doing so. At the time, it was unclear if Harley had seen any of the videos people were allegedly tagging her in of Ortiz-Magro dancing with the French girl. 

Ronnie and the ‘Jewish Barbie’ controversy in ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Season 1

In episode 8 of season 1, Angelina Pivarnick’s friend Lindsay, who the roommates’ lovingly called “Jewish Barbie,” came to visit. Lindsay and Ortiz-Magro decided to get into the hot tub together as the night started to wind down, despite what his inner voice told him. 

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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro tells Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino he doesn’t need rehab 

Ortiz-Magro’s relationship with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino hasn’t always been the best. Things got really heated between the two during an episode of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation when the topic of rehab came up.

“I like to drink, I like to party,” Oritz-Magro said. “I don’t let it affect my life. You let it destroy your life,” he added, referencing “The Situation’s” former drug and alcohol abuse. “So I don’t understand why I need rehab.” 

When Ortiz-Magro called Sorrentino out for his tax evasion arrest, things got even more heated. That’s when Sorrentino brought up Ortiz-Magro’s call two weeks before they left to film. 

“Did you not call me and say you needed rehab?” Sorrentino asks his roommate. “I said I needed help,” Ortiz-Magro clarified. In his eyes, he had “full — maybe half — control” of his life at the time and didn’t see how rehab could help. 

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Jen Harley’s ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Las Vegas controversy 

Ortiz-Magro’s toxic relationship with Harley unfolded throughout Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. But when Harley showed up at the roommates’ suite in Las Vegas, things took a turn. 

At the time, Harley was allegedly keeping their daughter, Ariana Sky, away from Ortiz-Magro. When she arrived at the Las Vegas suite to confront Ortiz-Magro, she ended up spitting in his face. 

“You keep holding my kid over me,” Ortiz-Magro shouted in the episode. Later, Ortiz-Magro threatened to leave the show to find Ariana but ultimately didn’t against the advice of producers and DelVecchio. 

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro’s controversies become jokes on ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ 

During season 2 of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, the roommates visited a dude ranch. At the time, tensions between Ortiz-Magro and Jenni “JWoww” Farley were at an all-time-high. He was frustrated with Farley for not giving details about her divorce from Roger Mathews, but she continued to ask questions about his relationship with Harley. 

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“I’m not trying to be disrespectful, but Jenni wants to push it under the rug and make like it doesn’t exist,” Ortiz-Magro told cameras. “[She] wants to tell Angelina, ‘This is what you should say and shouldn’t say’ and ‘Ronnie, this is what you should do,'” he continued. “B**** you ain’t perfect.” 

Ortiz-Magro goes on to say: “I feel like people don’t tread lightly when it comes to me. All the s*** that I’ve gone through is a joke to everybody else.” Cue the roundup of serious moments involving Ortiz-Magro the roommates laughed about, including getting jumped in Secaucus, New Jersey and getting dragged by Harley’s car. 

In Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 5, fans saw footage of Ortiz-Magro days before his April 2021 arrest. It’s unclear if we’ll see more of the reality star this season — tune in to MTV every Jerzday to find out.

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