Viewers undeniably loved Jersey Shore. Years after the cast shipped out of the shore house, Family Vacation still had one of the “most watched” unscripted cable debuts “since 2012,” according to IndieWire. Residents of the Jersey Shore weren’t as enthused. NJ.com reports that the folks who actually have to endure the cast spiraling during meatball day were “horrified” at the thought of another season.
“The show had some potential at first, but they are a complete disgrace to the state, and they shouldn’t be here at all,” said Letisha Johnson, a resident of Seaside Heights, where Snooki was arrested for disorderly conduct in 2010.
Former governor Chris Christie even weighed in, claiming the series was “negative for New Jersey,” and vetoing the show’s $420,000 tax credit. Family Reunion was also denied filming permits in Seaside Heights, Brick, and Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge, according to the Asbury Park Press, however, the show came up with a creative work-around for shooting the reboot. Producers reportedly ambiguously labeled the project Roadtrip Reunion, which threw Asbury Park Mayor John Moor off their scent.
It’s not just New Jersey that wanted the cast out. According to NJ.com, Miami, Florida and Florence, Italy “denied the producers permission to film” after making it out of Jersey Shore alive with slightly less dignity and a wicked hangover.