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'Jersey Shore's' Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Q&A

How's this for a situation -- MTV's massive reality hit "Jersey Shore" has continued its remarkable ratings ascent this season, drawing 8.8 million viewers to its fourth season premiere on Aug. 4. With ratings like these, the show's cast has had no problem cashing in. One of the biggest "Jersey Shore" stars, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, earned more than $5 million last year from the show, personal appearances, endorsements, his "Dancing with the Stars" stint and a reported six-figure advance for an upcoming memoir. We spoke with Sorrentino, who is 29 years old, the day of this season's premiere about his remarkable, and enviable, financial situation.

 
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino
Mike 'The Situation' SorrentinoPhoto by PR Photos
Before you started this show, you were working at a gym, right?

I had, like, five jobs at once, including waitering, working at a gym, and I had just started fitness modeling. Then, through the fitness modeling, I met people from VH1. That turned into a pilot for me, and the pilot transferred over to MTV.

How did you like being a waiter?

I wasn't a bad waiter. I was a waiter in an Italian restaurant, and I was a good waiter -- a very flirty waiter. I was also a personal trainer, and then all of a sudden I had the courage to send in some modeling pictures to New York City. I eventually got a one-year modeling contract in New York. Then from that, I fell into meeting people from VH1 and doing a pilot for them. The pilot ended up getting green-lit eight months later, and it turned into "Jersey Shore."

 
 
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