Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is opening up about his time in prison. During a conversation with his Jersey Shore co-star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and makeup artist Joey Canasta on their podcast It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey, he talked about what life was like behind bars and his run-ins with a couple of other famous inmates.
The Situation meets The Fixer
Sorrentino, who was released on September 12, was incarcerated at the minimum security prison camp at the Federal Correctional Institute Otisville. And he wasn’t the only well-known person serving time there. A few months after the Situation arrived at Otisville, Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen — known as ‘the fixer’ — began serving his sentence.
“I went up to him the first day. He was a bit nervous. And I thought of a bit of a master plan. I’m going to ask him to sneak me some chicken out of the main [food] line,” Sorrentino recalled, explaining that the prison’s mess hall had two lines, a regular line for most inmates and a second line for inmates who are kosher.
Michael Cohen chickens out
Sorrentino said that he approached Cohen and said he wanted the new inmate to get him an extra piece of chicken from the main line and give it to him so that he’d have a snack after his workout. Cohen quickly agreed. But when chicken day in the mess hall rolled around, Cohen failed to deliver.
“Michael Cohen was chicken on chicken day. He did not show up,” Sorrentino said. “I was pissed.”
The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star said that he asked Cohen what happened. “He’s like, ‘Bro, man, they’re onto us. They know we’re going to smuggle chicken.’ He was paranoid,” Sorrentino said. At that point The Situation realized he was going to have “abort this mission … maybe I shouldn’t have tried to have a high-profile inmate try to smuggle a chicken for me.”
Though Cohen flaked out, the Situation still got his extra serving of protein. He made friends with several of the kitchen workers and they sometimes gave him additional servings of food.
Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland was also at Otisville
Billy McFarland, the founder of the doomed Fyre Festival, was also serving time at FCI Otisville alongside Sorrentino and Cohen. While the Situation said he didn’t have much interaction with McFarland beyond saying hello and occasionally playing against him in basketball, he did share some info on how the fraudster got in trouble with the prison guards.
“He supposedly smuggled in some sort of recording device … they said he was trying to record high-profile inmates,” Sorrentino recalled. After McFarland was caught with the contraband this summer, he was sent to a higher-security facility, the Daily Beast reported.
“That’s a bonehead move right there,” Sorrentino added.
While Sorrentino’s time behind bars was far from enjoyable, he said he “made the best of a negative situation.” And he seemed eager to share his stories about prison life.
“I’m definitely going to write a tell-all,” Sorrentino said.