‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’: Why the Roommates Can Use Their Cell Phones

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation fans have noticed a big difference between new episodes and the original Jersey Shore. Before, fans never saw the roommates use their cell phones on the show. But in Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, cell phone use seems to be allowed. Jenni “JWoww” Farley explains why the cast of Jersey Shore can use their cell phones on the show.

Jenni 'JWoww' Farley using a cell phone on 'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation'
Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley | MTV

‘Jersey Shore’ producers didn’t allow cell phones during the original run of the show 

When Jersey Shore Season 1 was filmed in 2009, the cast couldn’t use anything to communicate with the outside world except the famous duck phone. Oddly enough, the Jersey Shore symbol was a happy accident, according to producer SallyAnn Salsano. What’s more, the roommates were limited to one private personal call a week. Every other phone conversation was filmed and free to use on the show.  

Cell phones were prohibited in the shore house, as were books and magazines. This was to prevent the roommates from communicating silently — think circling words in an article, then passing it off to a roommate. By proxy, this prevented the cameras from missing any of the drama. Ironically, pens and paper were also excluded from the house, but Farley and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi were still able to write “the note” because of the drama it sparked. 

Cell phones are the driving force behind the drama on ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ 

After Angelina Pivarnick’s explosive reaction to the roommate’s wedding speech, cell phones were at the center of the drama. “I wasn’t going to say anything but do you really want me to show the world the group chat that you guys didn’t know I was in talking sh*t about me the night of my wedding?” Pivarnick tweeted after the speech episode aired. “And you wonder why I couldn’t let things go.”

In a later episode, Farley texted Pivarnick and asked her to keep the drama in the family and off of social media — another cell phone conversation that sparked some tension. So did Farley’s texts to Deena Cortese about “standing her ground,” which quickly became public knowledge thanks to Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. From various group texts to countless social media posts and comments, cell phones are partially to blame for the drama that has unfolded in season 4 of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. But regardless of how much drama their cell phones can create, that’s not the sole reason the roommates are allowed to use them. 

The ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ cast have access to their cell phones because they are parents 

Many Jersey Shore: Family Vacation fans have noticed the roommates’ use of cell phones has increased. Farley hosted a Q&A on her YouTube channel, where one fan seized the opportunity to ask about their mobile devices. “We weren’t allowed to have sh*t on Jersey Shore,” Farley said in the video. “But I’m a mom now — I need my phone!”

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Farley is the mother of 6-year-old Meilani and 4-year-old Greyson. When she’s filming, she needs to have access to her kids. Still, despite being allowed to use their phones, Farley said they aren’t allowed to have them “in scene” as often as some fans might think.