Meanwhile, MTV's executive vp of programming Chris Linn says that the changes in the cast members' lives play a big part in their decision to end the reality series.
Angelina Pivarnick has weighed in on the "Jersey Shore" cancellation. While some of the current cast members were sad with the news, the reality star who was featured in the first two seasons of the MTV show admits she's glad it's finally over.
"The show had a good run but now it's time to move on and do other things. I'm relieved it's over," she tells TMZ. Realizing that her image has been partly influenced by the show, she adds, "[I'm] still sad over the way I was portrayed on the show. Now that 'Jersey Shore' is done, hopefully one day down the road I can be looked at better."
Meanwhile, MTV's executive vp of programming Chris Linn has opened up about why they decided to pull the plug on the reality show that still draws big ratings for the network. "We've always said we'd do the show for as long as it made sense. We noticed what was going on in their lives, with Nicole (Snooki) having her baby, the relationships, etc. it felt like the right time to bring it to a close and end on a high note," he tells Entertainment Weekly.
Linn insists that the rising salary of the stars "hasn't been a significant" factor in their consideration to end the show. "The show still dominates, it's the No. 1 show in our core demo, it's still incredibly successful," he claims. "It's really about their lives evolving and changing in a way that moves them away from the original conceit of the show."
Linn further explains, "As successful as the show is, we don't want to be in a situation where we're milking every ratings point out of a franchise until the end. Our audience demands reinvention and is always looking for what's new. As tempting as it is to squeeze something to the end, we made what we think is the right, tough choice to end the show on top."
On how the cast reacted to the cancellation, he shares, "It's emotional. Mainly because this has been such an amazing ride for everyone involved. They were completely plucked out of anonymity and this has changed their lives in ways I don't think any of us anticipated. It's been a fast and exciting run, so I think there are a lot of emotions that come into play." He concludes, "I think it's a bit bittersweet for all of us."
Asked if they will make a "Jersey Shore" reboot with new cast members, he says, "There are no plans for that at this time. We've always been clear that this cast is lightning in a bottle. I don't think this is about format, for us it's always been about this cast." Linn also says they still haven't made a decision whether to renew "The Pauly D Project" or not and there's currently no plan for other spin-offs.
The sixth and final season of "Jersey Shore" will kick off Thursday, October 4 at 10 P.M. ET/PT, preceded by farewell programs which begin on September 6 at 6 P.M. ET/PT with a one-hour special titled "Gym, Tan, Look Back".
Teasing fans with what to expect in the next chapter, Linn gushes, "What I think is most exciting about this season are the changes that have happened... Their lives are at different stages and how they react and adapt to that is really fascinating."