Will Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Be in ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ Season 3?

MTV has renewed Jersey Shore Family Vacation, but will Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino be back for a third season of the reality show? The 36-year-old is currently serving an eight-month sentence for tax evasion at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York. Fans are wondering if his prison time means that he won’t be able to appear in Season 3.

Filming for Season 3 has already started

On January 12, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro confirmed with an Instagram post that filming for Season 3 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation had begun.

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The post came just days before Sorrentino reported to prison on January 15. When MTV announced the new season – which should air in the summer of 2019 – Sorrentino is still listed as one of the cast members. While we doubt that MTV will be filming from inside the prison where Sorrentino is serving time, it’s possible they’ll be following his journey from a distance.

Sorrentino will complete his sentence in mid-September, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. However, an expert told Radar Online that he was likely to be released early to a halfway house. He might even complete the last months of his sentence under home confinement. In the meantime, he’s selling “Free Sitch” t-shirts online and his wife Lauren is posting occasional updates to the couple’s YouTube account.

What is life like for Sorrentino in prison?

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Mike Sorrentino attends the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Sorrentino is serving time at federal prison camp, and according to reports, conditions there are about as good as you can get in the federal prison system. In 2012, the New York Post called the minimum-security institution a “castle behind bars.” While prisoners are expected to work, there are plenty of recreational opportunities. The camp has weights and cardio equipment, plus a tennis court and bocce ball court. There are cookouts on holidays and a commissary where inmates can purchase a wide variety of food.

So far, Sorrentino appears to be adjusting to life on the inside. It likely helps that Sorrentino has plenty of money that he can use to buy necessities and pay other inmates to help him out, according to reports. He reportedly hired another inmate to be his personal chef, In Touch reported, and he spends most of his time working out and watching TV. But apparently, his GTL routine didn’t quite prepare him for the reality of prison workouts — one of his gym sessions was reportedly so intense that he vomited afterward.

The Jersey Shore star’s fame is also an asset in priso. “Guards are going to give him special treatment and he’s going to be involved in anything he wants to be involved in,” Dan Wise, a federal prison consultant told the Asbury Park Press. “There’s not going to be any fear of violence. Violence in those type of prisons doesn’t even exist, that’s the reality. There’s more violence on a high school yard or a college campus.”

Sorrentino is spending his time behind bars with a couple of other well-known criminals. Fyre Festival fraudster Billy McFarland is serving time at Otisville. And Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is scheduled to begin his sentence there in March.

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