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TV and Cultural Icon Threatens to Quit Over Program Time Slot Move

People of Earth:

In the last few days, I’ve been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me.  For 17 years, I’ve been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I’ve been absurdly lucky.  That said, I’ve been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

Six years ago, I signed a contract with MTV to star on “The Jersey Shore.”  I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future.  It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule.  Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with Jersey Shore  in its infancy, MTV has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

Last Thursday, MTV executives told me they intended to move Jersey Shore to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35.  For 60 years the Jersey Shore has aired immediately following the late local news.  I sincerely believe that delaying the Jersey Shore into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting.  The Jersey Shore at 12:05 simply isn’t the The Jersey Shore.

So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it.  My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Jersey Shore. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.  Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn’t matter.  But with the Jersey Shore, I believe nothing could matter more.

There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next.  My hope is that MTV and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.




January 12, 2010 Posted by | Just For Fun, News from the News, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wow…it has been a minute

Thought I would start blogging again…where to begin…hmmm???

How ’bout what I have been up to these last two years…nah who cares.  WAIT…I GOT IT!

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Just For Fun | , , | Leave a comment


April 29, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun, News from the News | Leave a comment

Alec Baldwin not at his best vs. Alec Baldwin at his best

Not at his best (A message he left for his 12 year old daughter)

Almost his best

****Award winning****

April 20, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun, News from the News | Leave a comment

Now this brings back memories…

April 17, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Let the games begin! Duncan Hunter, Hillary Clinton


Well, my roommate is in a fantasy baseball league that I really wish I had the energy to join. 

Fantasy baseball is way to intense for me right now, but I am sure that I will end of spending a lot of time covering MLB action here at Swing State.

Go Tigers!


Here is a link to a great post over at Red State about Duncan Hunter’s recent visit to Michigan.


36 Million…and I still think she sucks!

April 2, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Granholm caught in lie…***MORE IMPORTANTLY***… Granholm caught in New York Yankees hat!!!!!!

So apparently Governor Granholm was caught in some kind of lie by members of the MIGOP at an Okemos Olive Garden.

According to Right Michigan:

“Breaking news here folks.  Grand Rapids TV13 is reporting that Jennifer Granholm made a quick appearance at the Michigan Municipal League at noon.  She was scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at their luncheon but quickly excused herself to head back into “closed door meetings.”  

Unfortunately, it looks like she wasn’t being completely honest.  At 12:15 she was seen walking into Olive Garden in Okemos, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap to avoid being noticed and was there for over an hour alone with her daughter.”

O.K. whatever I think I’ll be able to get over the fact that the Governor wanted to have lunch with her daughter…HT to Right Michigan for breaking the story none-the-less.

What concerns me, what irks me more than anything – is this:

“At 12:15 she was seen walking into Olive Garden in Okemos, wearing a New York Yankees baseball cap to avoid being noticed”

Hey Jenny!! What is with the NY cap? You have now lost all of my respect…you should be impeached!


March 22, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun, Michigan Politics | 1 Comment

College Humor hits it big, better vids, Dungey gets conservative, Stephen Colbert tastes good

So I flicked on MSNBC when I got home from class today to hear what the geriatric media is talking about and right away I see one of my favorite websites being praised on Allison Stewart’s “The Most” (Allison Stewart was actually not in today.)

For those of you who are not really into MSNBC, remember Allison Stewart from back in her MTV days.  My teacher used to put together 20 minute clips of her and other MTV reporters covering political stuff because she thought it would be a hip way to get us interested in politics. (In all actuality I like to refer to the actual use of that time as, “20 minutes for me and my buddies to copy every ounce of the previous nights homework from one another.)  But I guess considering most of the content on this blog my old teacher would be proud to see me so interested in politics…ahh memories.

Anyway, today “The Most” featured some clips from College Humor.  It was great to see CH getting some press in that mainstream media. 

One of the videos MSNBC showed was the Nintendo high-school band doing an NES medley: (Not a bad choice)

Now I know that most of the stuff on CH is unfit for MSNBC to play but I think they could have come up with something a little better for their two other choices, which I can not even find.  This one would have made me happy:

Dead Spin has an interesting article on Tony Dungy and his thoughts on gay marriage from the Indy Star:

“I appreciate the stance they’re taking, and I embrace that stance,” Dungy said. Local and national gay-rights organizations had criticized Dungy for accepting the invitation to appear at the banquet. The institute, affiliated with Focus on the Family, has been one of the leading supporters of the marriage amendment. “IFI is saying what the Lord says,” Dungy said. “You can take that and make your decision on which way you want to be. I’m on the Lord’s side.”

I got another interesting note about DeadSpin the other day when I was talking to one of my buddies.  Apparently he is in a DeadSpin sponsored bracket pool over at www.espn.com.  I guess ESPN has a bunch of words that you are not able to usewhile typing on the site or naming your pool.  Obviously this is not rid the site of profanity, but apparently the DeadSpin pool had to be named under a pseudonym because DS was not allowed.

What gives…is ESPN a little jealous of the popularity over at DS.

Stephen Colbert’s fame has been launched into the stratosphere as of late and now he has reached what some might call the pinnacle of stardom, his own Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream flavor: Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream.

Apparently “It’s the sweet taste of liberty in your mouth.”

March 21, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

“Get a map to the stars, find Heidi Fleiss….Cause I wanna be a Bill Clintman?”

March 21, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Facebook Stalker…Awesome

“You cant take my mouse away….”

March 20, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

The 2008 Romney Ticket

Mitt Romney

Ernesto “Che” Guevara                                                                                                        Fidel Castro

 Sec. of Defense

“Patria o muerte, venceremos!”


Vote Romney 2008





Read the article….(This one is just plain funny more than it is damaging IMO)

March 19, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | 1 Comment

You have to admit…this is funny

March 18, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Green Beer and Go Spartans!!!! It might be a very long day….


March 17, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Spring Training gets ugly

The long awaited return of the Detroit Tigers, who are coming of an unexpected run to the World Series, that single handily brought baseball fever back to the “good ole’ D” is underway in Florida.

With a revamped line up courtesy of Mr. Sheffield and at worst the 3rd best rotation in the bigs, tensions seem to be high as the season is ready to get underway April 2nd.  See below:

Beaning incident leads to near-brawl


LAKELAND — Magglio Ordonez was hit in the side of the head by a breaking ball from Josh Beckett on Saturday, sending the Detroit slugger to the hospital and leading to a near scuffle between the Tigers and Boston Red Sox.Beckett plunked Gary Sheffield with a first-inning pitch and hit Ordonez in the third, forcing him from the game. He was treated at a hospital.Detroit reliever Todd Jones then threw behind Boston’s J.D. Drew in the fifth, and the benches and bullpens emptied. Players converged near home plate, but no punches were thrown.

Jones and Tigers manager Jim Leyland were ejected. In the clubhouse after Detroit’s 7-6 loss, Ordonez wore a bandage that covered much of his head.

Red Sox reliever Travis Hughes also hit Chris Shelton with a pitch in the eighth.

Eric Hinske’s grand slam off Justin Verlander keyed Boston’s five-run first inning.

Verlander, who struggled to keep the ball down, was touched for six runs and five hits in two innings. In his only previous spring training start, he gave up three earned runs in two innings against the New York Yankees.

Verlander allowed two hits and two walks against his first five batters.

Beckett gave up four hits and five runs in 32/3 innings.

March 13, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment

Greatest Political Add Ever

January 6, 2007 Posted by | Just For Fun | Leave a comment