Seaside Heights was the quintessential New Jersey beach town; a little down at its heels, featuring a boardwalk with old-fashioned rides, fried Oreos and tattooed people in bikinis. Then MTV came along and it became the vortex of the wild world of “Jersey Shore.”
That all ends at 9 p.m. Thursday when MTV airs the final episode, then a live reunion show. The show was shot long before Sandy devastated the town, shattering the boardwalk and leaving the roller coaster in the Atlantic Ocean.
MTV has held a “Restore the Shore” special, featuring the cast, that has raised more than $1 million. Donations can still be made. (For more information, go to www.mtv.com/specials/restore-the-shore/)
Before Sandy meant more to New Jersey than a Springsteen song, the breakout personalities and executive producer of “Jersey Shore” spoke separately with Zap2it.
Q: Why do you think the show became such a phenomenon?
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Because people weren't expecting us to do what we want and say what we want and saying things people would not normally say and is on our minds. The fact that we didn't really care is why. And we are so relatable. Even with doing something stupid and waking up and having been drunk. I think everybody goes through that.
Q: What is it like living at the house?
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino: You have no phone, no Internet, no TV. You are almost concentrating on the human element.