Conspiracy Theory: Did MTV Engineer Snooki’s Breakup with Jionni LaValle?

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There are so many rumors coming from Italy about the upcoming season of Jersey Shore that I'm expecting either a colossal success or a humongous failure. Apparently, despite the fight between Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and The Situation and the fact that Ronnie is back on with Sammi Giancola, MTV's producers still weren't happy with the level of drama on the show.

Now, several outlets are reporting that Snooki broke up with her boyfriend Jionni LaValle while in Florence. But Crazy Days and Nights says that there's more to the story than that. The site claims that Snooki and Jionni broke up right before Snooks left to film in Italy, and that the breakup was amicable. But when MTV found out that the breakup had already happened, they were mad they didn't have any footage. Their solution? Fly Jionni out to Florence and try to recreate what happened:

Enter the setup. The producers tell Snooki to try not to mention it. They set the whole thing up and had Jionni fly to Italy to spend time with Snooki. They then had the couple argue and fight and breakup for the cameras. The thing is since so much time had passed they really did not have much anger or fight left for the cameras.

While it's no secret that producers love to meddle in the events of reality shows, this seems above and beyond. I have trouble believing that Snooki couldn't create drama on her own, what with her car accident last week. What incentive does MTV have to try and get the Snooki/Jionni breakup on camera? I have a couple of theories:

  • There's not enough drama this season, and the producers are desperate.
  • There's tons of drama, but it's of the punching-each-other variety and not the romantic-drama variety. Perhaps the show wanted to focus some time on a couple that isn't Sammi and Ronnie, and this was all they had to work with?
  • With the severe restrictions placed on the cast and the language barrier, maybe Snooki didn't meet any worthy hookups in Florence and this was her bid at a storyline.

This story just validates why season 1 of Jersey Shore remains my favorites. I liked how all the cast members' personalities played against each other, and I liked the way that they could make just about anything – from a Sunday night “family dinner” to a night out dancing – funny and interesting. Like most reality shows, the longer it went on the more the cast stayed put in their given personas, then trying to play up their image for the cameras. If the show has gotten so boring that the only way to spice it up is to bring in people from back home to re-create dramatic scenes, then season 4 is going to be a long slog.