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Is Jersey Shore staged? The Situation says 'yeah' in new interview (VIDEO)

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Jersey Shore's Mike 'The Situation' just admitted the MTV reality show that made him famous is...staged. Gasp! It's been the burning question in the back of many fans' minds - and one that critics have asked repeatedly - only for the show's producers and cast to continually deny.

But within seconds of insinuating Jersey Shore isn't exactly 'reality tv' during a live interview today (Wednesday) on Live with Kelly, The Situation quickly tried to claim he was 'joking.' The conversation - which can be viewed in full on the left sidebar - got started when Live with Kelly guest host Boomer Esiason asked Mike about his abs then joked that they were insured. After that here's how the conversation went:

Mike: I had to tell them (the insurance company) that whatever they see on TV was a little, uh, ya know ..."

Kelly: "Staged!?"

Mike: "Yeah...nah joking."

Mike's admission, if there's any truth to it, begins to makes sense of why during Jersey Shore Season 4 he was insistent that Jionni know about him and Snooki's alleged history. In a July 2011, The Hollywood Reporter published an article after visiting Jersey Shore executive producer SallyAll Salsano and the cast while filming in Florence. In it, the publication hinted the Shore may not be completely authentic.

"When Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino threatens to tell Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's boyfriend, Jionni, who has just flown in from America, that she's been cheating on him, Salsano eggs him on, asking him of his plan during their daily, hour-long confessional taping. When he suggests he's going to beat the crap out of him, Salsano subtly steers him away from that while planting the notion that his finest quality is telling the truth, even if doing so could cost Snooki her boyfriend."

In the same article, when asked if Jersey Shore is 'real' Salsano insisted it's nothing but reality. "It's real. The worst thing you can tell a reality-show producer is that it’s fake. You can say it’s crass, you can say it’s vulgar — but in the end, that’s what it is.”'s request to MTV for reaction regarding Mike's comments today was not immediately answered.

Jersey Shore Season 5 airs Thursdays on MTV at 10pm ET/PT.

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