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Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino has been out of prison since September 2019. That day was exciting for Sorrentino and his wife, Lauren, as documented on the MTV reality series. But now, the couple are still celebrating major milestones two years later. This weekend marked the official end to Sorrentino’s tax evasion sentence. Here’s how the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star celebrated the end of his probation. 

Lauren and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino at the 'Jersey Shore: Family Vacation' premiere in NYC in 2018
Lauren and Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino | Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for MTV

Mike Sorrentino’s prison sentence and probation

In October 2018, Sorrentino received an eight-month prison sentence for tax evasion. The reality TV star entered the Otisville Federal Correctional Institution in January 2019. He was released on Sept. 12 the same year.  

Despite his release, Sorrentino’s sentence had additional requirements, including community service hours. As of September 2021, Sorrentino is officially a free man.  

‘The Situation’ celebrates the end of his probation on Instagram

On Sept. 10, 2021, “The Situation” shared news of the end of his probation in an Instagram post. “Probation officer just left,” he captioned a photo of himself smiling. “Community Service completed. I’m a free man. Probation is over‼️” He concluded with one of his favorite mantras: “The comeback is always greater than the setback.” 

On Sept. 12, Sorrentino continued to celebrate the end of his probation. “After [eight] months in federal prison, [two] years on probation, & 500 hours of community service completed, today is my first day as a free man,” he reiterated in another post to Instagram

Sorrentino’s Jersey Shore co-stars celebrated with him in the comments. His wife, Lauren, also celebrated the monumental occasion. “Congratulations honey!,” she commented. “It’s time to celebrate!! I love you.” 

Mike Sorrentino’s focus after the official end to his probation 

In the time since his prison release, Sorrentino has achieved many things. He and his wife welcomed their son, Romeo Reign, in May 2021. “God & Family‼️” Sorrentino captioned a photo of Lauren and Romeo the same weekend his probation officially ended. 

Outside of his work as a reality TV star, Sorrentino has several other pursuits. He works closely with Banyan Treatment Centers to inspire people in recovery. “The Situation” celebrated five years of sobriety in December 2020.

Sorrentino also co-hosts the Here’s the Sitch podcast and runs the Sitch Store, an online retailer offering clothes with Sorrentino’s many catchphrases. Plus, has a line of protein and fitness supplements called Brotrition. 


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Sorrentino truly leads by example, proving “the comeback is always greater than the setback.” In addition to his business ventures, “The Situation” remains part of the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation cast.

‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ Season 5 featuring Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, ‘Snooki,’ and more

Just hours before Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 4 ended, MTV confirmed the rumors — the show will be back with season 5. We just don’t know when yet. According to MTV, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will also be part of the new season. 

The Jersey Shore regulars, including Sorrentino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Deena Cortese, Vinny Guadagnino, Pauly DelVecchio, and Angelina Pivarnick, have also been actively filming for the new season. Most, if not all, of the significant others are likely to appear at some point during the new season as well.

At this time, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro‘s involvement in season 5 remains unclear. In August 2021, the reality TV star told TMZ he is ready to come back to the show. He stepped away from the series in May 2021 to focus on his mental health. 

Showbiz Cheat Sheet extends our congratulations to Sorrentino — “tough times don’t last, tough people do.” Stay tuned for updates on Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 5