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Dutch king expresses regret over Greek family vacation amid COVID-19

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch king issued a video message Wednesday saying he had “regret in the heart” and he shouldn’t have flown to Greece for a family vacation last week, a trip that was quickly broken off amid public uproar back home where people are being urged to stay home as much as possible to battle the coronavirus.

“It hurts to have betrayed your faith in us,” a somber King Willem-Alexander said in the video, which shows him sitting next to his wife, Queen Maxima, at their palace in a forest in The Hague.

It is highly unusual for a Dutch monarch to issue such a contrite message to the nation. The vacation also has been politically damaging for Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who under the Dutch constitution is responsible for the king’s actions.

Willem-Alexander and his family flew to Greece, where they have a vacation home, on Friday, but the king, queen and one of their daughters returned home Saturday night. Their two other daughters flew home later.

In this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima wave from the balcony of royal palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. (Photo: Peter Dejong, AP)

The vacation came just days after the Dutch government introduced what it called a “partial lockdown” in a bid to rein in soaring coronavirus infections in the country.

“Even though the trip was within the regulations, it was very unwise not to take into account the impact of the new restrictions on our society,” the king said.

“Our own decision to return was taken in the realization that we should not have gone.” he added.

“We will continue to work with you to get the coronavirus under control. So that everyone in our country can then resume normal life as soon as possible,” Willem-Alexander said. “That is the most important thing now and we will continue to do so, to the best of our ability. We are involved. But not infallible.”

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Dutch king expresses regret at Greek family vacation

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch king issued a video message Wednesday saying he had “regret in the heart” and he shouldn’t have flown to Greece for a family vacation last week, a trip that was quickly broken off amid public uproar back home where people are being urged to stay home as much as possible to battle the coronavirus.

“It hurts to have betrayed your faith in us,” a somber King Willem-Alexander said in the video, which shows him sitting next to his wife, Queen Maxima, at their palace in a forest in The Hague.

It is highly unusual for a Dutch monarch to issue such a contrite message to the nation. The vacation also has been politically damaging for Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who under the Dutch constitution is responsible for the king’s actions.

Willem-Alexander and his family flew to Greece, where they have a vacation home, on Friday, but the king, queen and one of their daughters returned home Saturday night. Their two other daughters flew home later.


The vacation came just days after the Dutch government introduced what it called a “partial lockdown” in a bid to rein in soaring coronavirus infections in the country.

“Even though the trip was within the regulations, it was very unwise not to take into account the impact of the new restrictions on our society,” the king said.

“Our own decision to return was taken in the realization that we should not have gone.” he added.

“We will continue to work with you to get the coronavirus under control. So that everyone in our country can then resume normal life as soon as possible,” Willem-Alexander said. “That is

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Jersey Shore fans upset that Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi is not returning for Season 4 of Family Vacation

Jersey Shore Family Vacation continues without Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
Jersey Shore Family Vacation continues without Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Pic credit: MTV

The season 4 premiere of Jersey Shore Family Vacation is set to air on Thursday, November 19.

However, fans are taking to social media to announce disappointment that OG cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi will not be joining her shore family.

Since 2009, Snooki has become a fan favorite, and her crazy “meatball” antics are a beloved staple for the reality series.

Recently, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino shared a photo to his Instagram with the caption, “ITS HAPPENING #jsfamilyvacation4” as he and wife Lauren boarded a jet on their way to their filming location in Nevada.

Snooki commented on the post, “Yasss can’t wait to watch you both 💋 so proud of my fam.”  

This sparked an immediate fan response, with many posting about their displeasure in Snooki’s decision to call it quits. 

One fan wrote, “No Snooki? The show is pointless now without you.” with another adding, “won’t be the same without the queen ❤️.”

Backlash after Season 3

Snooki’s decision to leave is not entirely shocking, as the Season 3 finale ended in a blow out after the infamous speech given by Snooki, JWOWW, and Deena, roasting Angelina at her own wedding.

While meant to be a joke, the speech was not well received by Angelina or her wedding guests.

The speech ignited a feud between the girls, with Angelina proclaiming they ruined her wedding, leaving Snooki in tears during her final confessional.

“I just love my roomies, always. Jersey Shore is literally my life,” she said sobbing. “I never would have met my best friends, so the fact that it has to end like this, for me, it really sucks.”

Jersey Shore fans are not the only ones upset about Snooki’s departure.

JWOWW took to Twitter: “I watched my best friend quit because she couldn’t handle the stress. I stayed up so many nights hearing Deena cry over being called names she didn’t deserve. All while Angelina basked in the attention she was given”.

It is unclear whether the castmates made amends with Angelina before filming.

Production during pandemic

MTV announced the cast would take over a resort and be placed in their own quarantine “bubble.”

The cast is regularly being tested for COVID-19 and following all federal and state safety guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy.

The cast includes Deena Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

Unlike other seasons, extended family members of the cast will stay with them in the Shore bubble.

While being isolated during a pandemic is sure to make for an interesting dynamic, one thing is for certain, “jerzdays” will be different without everyone’s favorite meatball, Snooki.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19, at 8/7c on MTV.

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Vinny Guadagnino fist pumps on TikTok ahead of Jersey Shore Family Vacation return

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Vinny Guadagnino is ready for the return of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. Pic credit: Jersey Shore/MTV

Reality TV star Vinny Guadagnino recently showed fans his trademark to prepare for the return of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The Jersey Shore cast members are known for helping to make fist-pumping a part of pop culture over a decade ago as it was just one aspect of the MTV show that caught on with plenty of people.

In his new TikTok video, Vinny lets fans know the move is still here as the new season of the Jersey Shore spin-off show is on the way.

Vinny shows off the fist pump in new TikTok video

TikTok has become well known for people creating and replicating various dances in their videos. However, longtime reality TV star Vinny Guadagnino took to the social media app to show off a classic Jersey Shore move.

He posted a new video on the app with the caption “legends never die.” The video begins with Vinny staring right at the camera as another caption appears on-screen, saying, “I don’t fist pump any more…”

After making a signal as if the classic move is dead, Vinny turns and ends the joke quickly. “JK JERSEY SHORE WILL NEVER DIE” appears on screen as Vinny goes into full fist-pump mode.

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The video drew plenty of love for Vinny, with over 945,000 likes and 32,000 shares so far. There were also nearly 7,100 comments as of this writing.

A lot of them were in admiration of the Jersey Shore star and his sweatpants.

“I’m staring at the sweatpants…respectfully,” one TikTok comment said.

“My boyfriend wondering why this keeps playing over and over again,” another said.

“yea, im always gonna b in love w u,” one fan proclaimed.

Other commenters referred to the fist pump as “iconic” or “nostalgic,” indicating just how symbolic a dance and celebratory move it became thanks to Jersey Shore.

“Ahaha my man! Fist pump will always be go to ✊🏾,” another TikTok commenter said.

Jersey Shore crew returning for Season 4

In the past week, Jersey Shore fans finally got the big news they were waiting for, with the premiere date announcement for Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4.

Despite many TV shows, including reality TV, having their production shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, some found ways to film using a bubble location. That includes Jersey Shore Family Vacation, which filmed the first vacation for Season 4 at a bubble site – the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort in Nevada.

In using the bubble site, production was able to follow “local, state and federal COVID-19 health and safety requirements,” TMZ reported.

This season, the show also gets a new title, Jersey Shore “Bring the Family” Vacation, as cast members brought some of their extended family members with them to be part of all the fun.

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Jersey Shore Family Vacation premiere date announced — Here’s what to expect, when to tune in and how they are staying safe

MTV has announced Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premiere date.
The wait is almost over for the new season of Jersey Shore Family Vacation. Pic credit: MTV

MTV has announced the premiere date for Season 4 of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.

The network is also unveiling what fans can expect from the new format that ensures all cast and crew are safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Like so many other reality television shows, Jersey Shore Family Vacation was tasked with finding a safe way to return to filming. Big Brother and Love Island created a bubble where everyone involved with the show was placed for the duration of filming.

MTV has a similar plan for the hit reality TV show, which means fans won’t have to wait too much longer for the new season.

How is MTV keeping cast and crew safe?

The network has revealed the production is taking over a resort to create a “Shore Bubble” for the cast and crew.

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TMZ has reported everyone involved with the reality TV show is currently in Nevada in quarantine and is tested regularly for COVID-19.

Production is following all the correct local, state, and federal COVID-19 regulations for health and safety to ensure the show can film without issue.

The Season 4 cast includes Deena Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. Unlike other seasons, extended family members of the cast will stay with them in the shore bubble.

It will be the first season without original cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who decided to leave the show after the dramatic Season 3 finale. Snooki wanted to focus more on her family instead of Jersey Shore Family Vacation antics.

When does Season 4 premiere and what can fans expect from the show?

Mark your calendars! Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c on MTV. The network will air two specials on Thursday, November 5 and Thursday, November 12 at 8/7c to get fans pumped for the new season.

The last time viewers saw the Jersey Shore crew was at Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding. Fans will recall it ended with Snooki, JWoww, and Deena roasting Angelina in a wedding toast that left the bride in tears.

Season 4 picks up with Vinny, Pauly, Mike, and Ronnie, working to mend the fractured family by bringing the group together again. The guys hope creating a safe bubble space will help reunite the girls and fix their broken Jersey Shore family.

Besides the current health climate, the guys felt having extended family members at the resort might make the reunion a little smoother. It is Jersey Shore, so that might be wishful thinking on Pauly, Mike, Ronnie, and Mike’s part.

Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 premieres on Thursday, November 19 at 8/7c on MTV.

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Family Vacation’ Is Premiering in November but Some Fans Aren’t Excited

Jersey Shore: Family Vacation will officially return with new episodes beginning Nov. 19. Season 4 is already guaranteed to be a lot different than previous seasons of the MTV reality series. After all, what does Jersey Shore look like without Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi? Regardless of the exciting news, some fans aren’t too happy about the upcoming season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation. 

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‘Snooki’ won’t be back for season 4 of ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ 

Despite the rumors circulating amongst fans, Polizzi won’t be back for JSFV Season 4. Instead, she has been busy working on a secret project with her friend and podcast co-star, Joey Camasta. Plus, Polizzi owns and operates the Snooki Shop and raises her three children with her husband Jionni LaValle — that’s plenty to keep her busy. 

All of the other roommates, including Deena Cortese, Pauly Delvecchio, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will be back in the new season. Angelina Pivarnick is returning, too. Will there be leftover tension from the wedding? Only time will tell.

This season is being teased as ‘Jersey Shore: Bring the Family Vacation’ 

Fans might get to see some of the Double Shot at Love cast during season 4. Considering DelVecchio is in a relationship with Nikki Hall, she’ll likely be joining the family on their vacation this time around. 

MTV teased how the Jersey Shore men will also be bringing in “the extended family to distract them from drama and hope for the best.” Sorrentino and his wife, Lauren, were traveling together recently, so she’ll also likely be part of season 4. Like Sorrentino, Cortese was traveling with family and shooting for the new season. 

Did the ‘Jersey Shore’ family gather for a proposal? 

Since DelVecchio and Hall revealed their relationship status at the reunion special of Double Shot at Love, many fans think their engagement is coming soon. 

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“What if Pauly and Nikki are getting married and they are filming the weeks leading up to it?” a fan posted on Reddit. “This would be the reason why the DSAL crew went to Vegas?? They could have Nikki ask the DSAL girls to be in her wedding party because MTV is paying for it. Pauly’s 40 so I can see him wanting to get married now.”

Most fans are skeptical about the idea, but the truth is anything can happen during a family vacation! 

‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’ might lose some viewers this season

Regardless of what has been teased about Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 4, some fans aren’t as excited as they have been in the past. 

“I just think they need to stop making new seasons and leave it as is right now and find a new

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Family Vacation sets season 4 premiere, filmed in bubble



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As television and film productions everywhere continue to grapple with the significant complications posed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Jersey Shore figured out a way to still provide fans with a brand new season.

On Thursday, MTV announced via a YouTube promo teaser that the next season of the show is coming back on November 19th, with back to back episodes. 

And according to TMZ, the entirety of season 4 takes place at a resort in Nevada, where the whole JS gang holed up with the crew along with their extended families so as not to risk any outside exposure to the disease. 



Vinny Guadagnino, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino posing for a photo: They're baaaack: MTV announced that the next season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is coming back on November 19th on Thursday


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They’re baaaack: MTV announced that the next season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation is coming back on November 19th on Thursday

This ‘bubble’ approach has been successful in other venues, such as with NBA, which just completed a season of basketball leading to the LA Lakers championship victory.  

The upcoming season of Jersey Shore, dubbed Jersey Shore ‘Bring the Family’ Vacation, will see the return of Deena Cortese, Paul ‘Pauly D’ Delvecchio, Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick and Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino. 

Noticeably absent, however, is fan favorite Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi, who very publicly left the show late last year. 



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Bubble approach: The entirety of season 4 takes place at a resort in Nevada, where the whole Jersey Shore gang holed up with the crew along with their extended families

This season, apparently, will see the guys of Jersey Shore attempt to reunite the ladies, whose fractured relationships are what caused Snooki’s exit. 

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It all came to a head in the finale of JS: FV’s season 3 last November, during Angelina’s wedding to Chris Larangeira, when Polizzi, Farley and Cortese’s toast at the nuptials was poorly received.

Insisting it was all meant in good fun, by the end of the episode, Snooki proclaimed that she was ‘done’ with the show – a sentiment she has upheld since.



JWoww et al. posing for the camera: Noticeably absent: Fan favorite Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (center) very publicly left the show late last year at the end of season 3


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Noticeably absent: Fan favorite Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi (center) very publicly left the show late last year at the end of season 3



a person standing posing for the camera: It all came to a head last November: During Angelina Pivarnick's wedding to Chris Larangeira, Polizzi, Farley and Cortese's toast at the nuptials was poorly received


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It all came to a head last November: During Angelina Pivarnick’s wedding to Chris Larangeira, Polizzi, Farley and Cortese’s toast at the nuptials was poorly received

According to a statement from MTV made to People, the incident left the ‘family fractured, leaving the boys with only one option — make the family whole again.’

Known for its over-the-top shenanigans and salacious characters, MTV’s original Jersey Shore originally premiered in 2009 and was enormously popular, lasting six seasons.

The show was rebooted as Jersey Shore: Family Vacation in 2018, sans original cast member Sammi ‘Sweetheart’ Giancola.   

The show returns on Thursday, November 19th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.



Vinny Guadagnino et al. posing for the camera: The OG crew: Known for its over-the-top shenanigans and salacious characters, MTV's original Jersey Shore originally premiered in 2009 and was enormously popular, lasting six seasons


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MTV Sets Premiere Date for JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION

Back-to-back episodes on Thursday, November 19th at 8PM ET/PT.

MTV Sets Premiere Date for JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION

MTV today announced that its powerhouse series “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” is set to return this holiday season with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, November 19th at 8PM ET/PT. Following an explosive season-three finale, which was the highest-rated episode since 2018, the pop-culture phenomenon returns for season four to make “Jerztory” as the world looks a little different and social distancing is the new rule.

For the first time ever, it’s “Jersey Shore ‘Bring the Family’ Vacation” as our favorite roommates take over an entire resort living their best lives in their own “Shore” bubble.

With more than 10 years of ups and downs and humor and heart, the cast has always made it out on the other side stronger than ever — until now. Angelina’s wedding and the speech heard around the world left THE FAMILY fractured, leaving the boys with only one option — make THE FAMILY whole again. So, DJ Pauly D takes over a resort and with the help of Mike “The Situation,” Vinny and Ronnie, they hatch a plan to reunite the girls, invite the extended family to distract them from the drama, and hope for the best. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but with this group you never know what will happen.

Leading up to the highly-anticipated season four premiere, MTV will air “Jersey Shore Family Vacation” season three recap specials on Thursday, November 5th and Thursday, November 12th at 8PM ET/PT.

“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” features housemates Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. “Jersey Shore,” which first premiered in 2009 and returned in 2018 to record ratings, is an MTV worldwide phenomenon that features such hits as “Floribama Shore,” “Geordie Shore” (UK), “Gandia Shore” (Spain), “Warsaw Shore” (Poland), “Acapulco Shore” (Mexico) and “Super Shore.”

For more information and exclusive content, follow @JerseyShore on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube. Use #JSFamilyVacation to join the conversation.

“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” is produced by MTV, SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.

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Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 4 to Premiere in November … With Big Changes


MTV is moving on with Jersey Shore: Family Vaction. 


The cabler today announced that its beloved series is set to return this holiday season with back-to-back episodes on Thursday, November 19th at 8PM ET/PT.


Following an explosive season-three finale, which was the highest-rated episode since 2018, the pop-culture phenomenon returns for season four to make “Jerztory” as the world looks a little different and social distancing is the new rule.

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For the first time ever, it’s “Jersey Shore ‘Bring the Family’ Vacation” as our favorite roommates take over an entire resort living their best lives in their own “Shore” bubble.


Yes, you read that right. 

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The stars of the series will be bringing their families along for the ride. 


“With more than 10 years of ups and downs and humor and heart, the cast has always made it out on the other side stronger than ever — until now,” reads the official logline.


“Angelina’s wedding and the speech heard around the world left the family fractured, leaving the boys with only one option — make the family whole again.”


“So, DJ Pauly D takes over a resort and with the help of Mike “The Situation,” Vinny and Ronnie, they hatch a plan to reunite the girls, invite the extended family to distract them from the drama, and hope for the best,” it continues.

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“It seemed like a good idea at the time, but with this group you never know what will happen.”


Leading up to the highly-anticipated season four premiere, MTV will air Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 3 recap specials on Thursday, November 5th and Thursday, November 12th at 8PM ET/PT.


The cast for the fourth season includes Deena Nicole Cortese, Paul “Pauly D” Delvecchio, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Angelina Pivarnick, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.


Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi announced she was leaving the franchise last December, with her on-screen exit airing earlier this year. 


The series first premiered in 2009 and returned in 2018 to record ratings, and is an MTV worldwide phenomenon that has built a franchise that includes Floribama Shore, Geordie Shore (UK), Gandia Shore (Spain), Warsaw Shore (Poland), Acapulco Shore (Mexico), and Super Shore.

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Jersey Shore Family Vacation operating in a bubble is no surprise, so don’t expect the gang to be going out to bars and living it up. 


Instead, the drama will be within a closed setting. 


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Remember you can watch Jersey Shore: Family Vacation online right here via TV Fanatic. 

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