The Situation makes $5 million a year, will be on DWTS

From the one episode of Jersey Shore I watched, I got the impression that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was the most stable kid out of the bunch of misfits and dimwits that make up the house. That’s truly not saying much. The guy also has strong name recognition due to his unique moniker and distinctive freakish abs, and he’s been cashing in. He’s applied to trademark his name and stands to make an incredible $5 million this year off the show, endorsement deals and event appearances. That’s pretty incredible for a kid whose claim to fame is being able to maintain a washboard stomach and party at the same time.


The “Jersey Shore” star is predicted to earn up to $5 million by the year’s end, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A source for THR revealed that “The Situation” is earning close to $60,000 an episode when bonus incentives are factored in, and he receives between $15,000-$50,000 for event appearances. “We are really excited about all the opportunities coming Mike’s way,” the reality star’s manager, Mike Petolino of Gotham Entertainment, said.

In addition to the “Jersey Shore” and his event fees, which could bring him a cool $1 million this year alone, “The Situation” is also using his trademark abs to his advantage by creating an abs-focused fitness video called “The Situation Workout,” and has a chewable supplement line at GNC.

“The Situation” doesn’t stop there! According to THR, the reality star will be releasing his autobiography Here’s the Situation, is signing on to endorse a new vodka, and has a GTL application (Gym, Tan, Laundry) as well as a rap song available on iTunes. Not to mention he has further endorsements with Vitamin Water, Reebok and a deal for a clothing line.

Petolino told THR of his client’s fast cash, “It’s a platform. You have to use it intelligently.”

[From ET Online]

The Situation will also appear on the next season of DWTS, OK! Magazine and E! Online are reporting. That will surely bring in more cash and name recognition for this douche. Also scheduled to appear on the new season are Audrina Patridge, Brandy and former NFL star Kurt Warner, according to OK! E! has a few more names in consideration, including Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and her fiance Roberto Martinez, and possibly Troy Aikman. (Although Aikman prematurely Tweeted the news, which could have got him booted and replaced by Warner. That’s just speculation on my part.)

So does this kid deserve to make $5 million a year? (I keep calling him a kid, but I just checked and he’s 27. I thought he was younger. Most of the other castmembers are in their early 20s – except for Ronnie – which could be why Mike seems more mature.) Mike worked as an assistant gym manager prior to landing a spot on Jersey Shore. He’s certainly taking advantage of his fame to cash in while he can. He just made $400,000 for endorsing a new kind of vodka that has some protein in it. Just eat a hardboiled egg before you take a shot.

Look at this kid. The douche is high with this one.

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  1. pebbles says:

    And my child’s teacher makes 40k a year.

  2. scotchy says:

    i just want to smack him. ugh.
    no he does not deserve to make 5 million, why do americans watch this crap?

  3. maya says:

    This is the life of popular reality tv stars. The NY post did a story on Kim Kardashian a couple of weeks ago and she is pulling in $5.75 million a year. The Jersey Shore brings in huge ratings for MTV. Mike is either smart or has smart people around to capitalize on his popularity and make money now.

  4. pookie says:

    Excuse me, I need to go vomit now.

  5. mimi says:

    sign of the times…U.S.A. is in rapid decline.

  6. Merry says:

    AH! I love this kid! I find the whole Jersey Shore show funny as hell, mainly because everybody keeps saying it is based on some kind of italian subculture when actually, if you see people in Italy acting/dressing/talking like that, you say they are trying to act/dress/talk American! AH! Love it!
    On a different, more serious note, I’m considering preparing an essay for my sociology class about these guys: “Self stereotyping and image building based on social and cultural expectations: a media powered experience”.

  7. Dorothy says:

    Why bother to wear a shirt if all you do is pull it up? He looks like such an ass.

    I have never watched the show but because they are always in the “news” I know WAY too much about these posers.

  8. Captaine says:

    What a shit hole of a society we live in.

  9. chris says:

    The only thing this kid “deserves” is to be forceably sterlized.

  10. Sarah says:

    Why America???? WHY????

  11. SRM says:

    Eww! Full body razor bumps. Such a buttaface.

  12. duke says:

    we keep rewarding a-hole behavior. this is what you get.

  13. saintdevil says:

    Oh, the things I’d do with 5 mill…

    And this douche will piss it away on Ed Hardy shirts!

  14. guesty says:

    just tape one epi for the entire season & there u have it…because watching this train wreck is like hitting rewind or replay over & over & over again.

  15. kelbear says:

    Call me crazy but that show just sucks me and my husband in. Can’t get enough of it. It’s actually pretty funny, could do without the Ronnie and Sammie drama but other than that people can’t help but watch it.

  16. Stronzilla says:

    What’s he gonna do on DWTS, belly dance?

  17. aenflex says:

    I was waiting for yall to mention this when I heard it yesterday. 5 Million. More than most of us will ever see in our lifetime. Children are homeless in this country, unfed. Teachers make a pittance. Firefighters too. And this boy is going to make 5 Million. It’s gross, moreover it’s a frightening allegory, metaphor, whatever.

  18. Stephie says:

    How ridiculous. That pulling up his shirt thing reminds me of what little kids do. Not a fan. Don’t watch. Sad what’s crap is out there passing for “entertainment” these days.

  19. Lynne says:

    Am I alone in saying good for him? I’m not saying he isn’t a douche, just that if he’s smart enough to cash in and others are dumb enough to buy, so be it

  20. LolaBella says:

    This guy is ugly and his abs look freakishly deformed,IMO.

    That said, good for him for taking advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity and making as much money as possible. He’s obviously catering to some niche market if people are buying his products.

    If he’s smart with his money and his manager/accountant/agents etc. are not shysters then he should be financially secure for a long time.

  21. aenflex says:

    Good for him is right! Sad for the rest of us, sad for the sate of things, but yeah, good for him.

  22. Eileen says:

    We can all hate it while we all made it happen. Maybe not with this particular guy, but this brand of douche with all the Bachelor, Hills, Real Housewives we all watch. Where Pebbles nailed it on the head: teachers, fireman & police make MAYBE $40 a year. Sad SITUATION.

  23. malachais says:

    The first time I saw this guys’ abs, they remind me of a vagina mold. LOL

  24. Team Bethenny says:

    I think Pauly is the oldest, at 30-ish. And Vinny is the most grounded one, also possibly the youngest, too.

  25. TQB says:

    @Merry, I would love to read that.

    Good on him – he knows he’s got to be at about minute 13 on his clock of fame and he’s cashing in. I wanted to hate the show but I’m sorry, every time I watch it I just fall all over myself laughing. This is just a very weird and sorta warped version of the American Dream – no different from someone with a great invention who starts with nothing and builds an empire. This guy, man, he started with something slightly less than nothing!

  26. xxodettexx says:

    @pookie, i second that vomit!

    how is it these wastes of ari and space make more than teachers and doctors who actually positively influence our lives?


  27. texasmom says:

    Are any women actually attracted to a gut that look like that? If my date pulled off his shirt and looked like that I would be … horrified, is the work I’m looking for.

  28. Iggles says:

    He’s 27! What a man-child..

  29. hanh says:

    Nice abs but fugly face 😛

  30. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    No words!

  31. grazi says:

    Im all for boycotting this kind of people. Thats why I dont watch these stupid reality shows MTV airs, or any other that glamourize stupid, useless, superficial people and whores, such as the K family.
    And I really blame myself for having watched the Bachelor, Jakes season, cause I helped that db to stay in the media…
    I know I will not make a difference in ratings, but at least I can make the choice of only supporting what I think is worthy.

  32. ghostbuster says:

    no lynne, you are not alone. these kids give me an hour of pure amusement for an hour a week, except for that sammie and ron drama. i love the show and if he can make good business choices while the spotlight is on him, then more power to him

  33. hairball says:

    Pebbles and duke: EXACTLY!

    The whole lot of them make me physically ill. As was said, reward uneducated, drunk morons who contribute nothing to society. Nice message to the youth.

  34. Murdoch says:

    He has a great career ahead of him as a shirt lifter or a snotrag model he’s lucky he has good abs because if he didn’t have anything to lure the eyes away from his messed up face he, would be fecked.And if he’s in his twenties i think he should give up drinkin ugly juice.

  35. mr. stinky fishface says:

    Pauly D is 30…

  36. Jover says:

    Eileen you forgot to mention the men and women that serve in the military; where’s the Taliban when you really need them – who would miss this air thief’s demise.

  37. Kiska says:

    If you look at the entertainment business as a whole – people get paid a lot of money doing something most of of consider fun in comparison to high stress/dangerous/demanding professions like teaching and medical services. These “kids” happened to come upon a lottery in a way. They got this show which has made them famous. I say good for him to capitalize on whatever comes his way now. Which one of us wouldn’t do that same? They get paid to party.

  38. Cinderella says:

    I’m sure he’ll piss right through it. Seems like the type.

  39. gg says:

    Good lord, he is deformed! That’s not even a typical six pack – it’s 2 cans. Does he never work the pecs?

    And that awful haircut doesn’t help his looks any.

  40. MSat says:

    My 44-year-old husband has a better body than this meathead.

    These dimwits actually make me miss the vapid kids from “The Hills.” I didn’t think that was possible. WTG MTV.

  41. Smart Potato says:

    Americans are morons. I haven’t had cable since 1998, and never will again.

  42. vivy says:

    is it just me or are his abs like bunched together in the center of his stomach….not proportioned well if i do say so myself….

  43. Mighty Ho says:

    Who knew that a male ho could end up making THAT much moolah? I mean come on, we all know that is where he will end up once his 15 minutes are ovah, sucking dick for dollahs.

  44. Newyorking says:

    If this guy makes $5MM, imagine how much that tramp Snooki makes. What is wrong with America? How can such crappy shows do so well, and losers make so much money? I have never seen such craziness elsewhere.

  45. osteenq says:

    I’m sorry, but I’ve SEEN good abs before.

    How the hell are those good abs?!

  46. Bleed says:

    I think everyone needs to chill at the whole “This guy doesn’t deserve to make 5million a year.” blah blah blah.

    Honestly. This guy got lucky to be picked for some show on MTV. That was strictly luck.

    However the fact that he pretty much made himself his own brand, and has pretty much stuck his finger in anything and everything to use his momentary fame while it lasts to get as much money as possible. That is a hustle, and it is quite impressive. I also find it rather rare to hear of as well.

    The only other MTV drop out I really think was able to use MTV as a platform to fame was Mike (Aka The Miz) whom used his “Alter Ego” to move into the WWE, and has become quite successful.

    If you want to cry about how much MTV is paying them per episode? Do that. Don’t cry about some guy who is hustling his way to the top during the only shot he is likely ever going to get in life.

  47. mike bailey says:

    this guy needs to be shot

  48. Lordz says:

    Let him cash out on his 15mim of fame ,why not,take advantage

  49. Jenny says:

    “The Situation” is that this greaseball needs dispatched to Guantanamo straightaway.

  50. Steve says:

    I’ve never seen the show, but I generally view television as idiotic. When I heard people talking incessantly about the show, I just considered the kind of people they were. You know, the type that enjoy idiocy and mind-numbing activities. That was all I needed to allow myself to ignore it.