‘Jersey Shore’ Star Mike Sorrentino’s Friends Say This is the First Thing He’ll Do Now That He’s Out of Prison

It’s been a long road for Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. He made a name for himself on the popular MTV reality show, but he wasn’t always well-liked by fans. As it turns out, he was battling a lot of internal demons, which led him to behave poorly toward his friends. Fast forward several years later, and Sorrentino has just finished up his eight-month prison sentence — the final leg on his road to recovery. Here’s what his best friends and co-stars said will be the first thing he does when he gets home.  

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino (left) with co-stars Vinny Guadagnino and Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio
Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino (left) with co-stars Vinny Guadagnino and Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Sorrentino battled drug addiction during most of his time on ‘Jersey Shore’

When the original Jersey Shore was in full swing, Sorrentino quickly became the least-liked cast member among fans (besides Angelina Pivarnick, of course). Throughout the show, he was constantly starting drama and getting on everyone’s nerves. By the show’s final season, nobody could stand him. However, fans later learned that Sorrentino was battling an addiction problem during the show, which was largely responsible for his poor behavior.

Several years later, he went to rehab to better himself. Since Jersey Shore: Family Vacation premiered, Sorrentino has been completely sober and is essentially a new man. He has a positive outlook and does his best to help his friend when they need it.

He recently spent eight months behind bars for tax evasion

Sorrentino made a few bad decisions while he was involved with drugs; the largest being committing tax evasion. The reality star was accused of failing to properly pay taxes on roughly $9 million in income, and Sorrentino pled guilty to one count of tax evasion. He was sentenced to eight months behind bars — he started his prison time in January. Once his sentence was announced last fall, he planned a quick wedding with longtime girlfriend Lauren Pesce. The two wed on November 1, 2018, and the wedding was filmed for the reality show. On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Sorrentino was officially released from prison.

His friends said he’ll only want his bed, his dog, and his wife when he gets home

Sorrentino’s close friends and Jersey Shore co-stars spoke with People over the summer about Sorrentino’s big plans for when he returns home. “He probably just wants his bed and his dog and his girl right in the beginning,” co-star Vinny Guadagnino told the magazine. “And then we can party.” Paul “Pauly D” DelVecchio also said he knows Sorrentino can’t wait to eat. “He wants to do a fast food tour,” he said. DelVecchio then said the friends were planning to host a welcome-home party for Sorrentino after he had a chance to spend some time with his wife.

Sorrentino has given fans the ultimate success story

When Jersey Shore was at its height, Sorrentino had very few fans. But after turning his life around and sobering up, he’s turned into an established man who has admitted his mistakes and found solace in moving past those mistakes. He married the love of his life, owned up to his wrongs with some prison time, and can now officially enjoy what the rest of his years have in store for him. On the show, Sorrentino and his wife talked about starting a family soon after he was released, so there could be a baby announcement down the road.