Ronnie’s assault charge won’t keep him from going to Italy with Jersey Shore, manager says

The Jersey Shore cast is going to Italy later this spring, but a report says Ronald “Ronnie” Ortiz-Magro might not go with them, if he can’t get a visa because of legal problems. However, his manager says that he will be going to Italy.

Radar reports that because he “has been indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on an assault charge” and “is facing one count of third-degree assault, which is punishable by up to five years in state prison,” he might not get a visa. An Italian embassy representative told Radar, “Persons who are currently in the criminal process can not by issued a Visa. Any person applying for a Visa to Italy must have their case fully adjudicated.”

However, it’s hard to imagine that producers and the network didn’t work this out before announcing the new season, so I’d guess he’ll be going with everyone else. TMZ reported that “two months ago execs began working on getting visas for the cast and crew.”

And after publishing their original report, Radar talked to Ronnie’s manager Matt Cohen, who said, “As of now, he is free to travel wherever he chooses and has a clean criminal record. Until he is actually convicted of a crime, he can go wherever he wants.”

Asked specifically about the embassy’s comments, Cohen said, “We have plans for Ronnie to be part of season four of Jersey Shore and travel to Italy for the show.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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