Did The Situation Admit 'Jersey Shore' Is Staged? (VIDEO)
Now that "Jersey Shore" is in the midst of its fifth season and the show's tidal wave of absurd popularity has crested, TV viewers have started to wonder what happens behind the scenes of the simultaneously beloved and reviled reality show.
One question fans have continuously asked since the show went to Italy is whether some of The Situation's drama-creating antics -- particularly his obsession with his alleged off-season hook-up with Snooki -- were scripted attempts to create juicy storylines. In an interview on "Live! With Kelly" (weekdays on ABC) The Situation came pretty close to admitting that at least some of "Jersey Shore" is staged.
After guest host Boomer Esiason felt up The Situation's infamous Situation (a.k.a. his abs), the two joked that the reality star had them insured, which is where the conversation got interesting. Talking about the insurance company, The Situation said, "I had to tell them that whatever they see on TV was a little, uh, ya know ..." before trailing off. "Staged!" Kelly Ripa interjected. "Yeah," he replied, before quickly clarifying that he was only "joking." Unfortunately, before Ripa could ask any follow-up questions, Esiason sidetracked the conversation by marveling at the amount of gel The Situation had in his hair.
Still, the exchange raises questions about the way "Jersey Shore" is filmed and produced. Late in 2011, blogger Sean Klitzner posted a video of a Deena-Snooki bar brawl in Italy, citing evidence at the producer had instigated it. Was the massive brawl between Ronnie, The Situation and the wall choreographed like a WWF match? It remains unclear for now, but the next time we see a flying bottle whiz past The Situation's head, we'll be wondering if a producer threw it.
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Below, check out a slideshow of TV stars who actually have dated their co-stars.
Jennifer Garner and Michael Vartan, "Alias"
Garner played Sydney Bristow, a spy for the CIA on "Alias." Meanwhile, her real-life beau Michael Vartan played her on-screen beau Michael Vaughn, another double agent for the CIA. The two eventually split. Status: Over. Garner has since married actor Ben Affleck and has two daughters -- Violet and Seraphina -- and another on the way.
Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, "The OC"
Brody and Bilson met on the set of their Fox teen soap, "The O.C." On screen, the two played quirky couple Seth and Summer. Even though Seth and Summer got their happy ending, Brody and Bilson called it quits in 2006. Status: Over
Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki, "The Big Bang Theory"
Cuoco and Galecki, who play neighbors Penny and Leonard on the hit CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," kept their romance a secret for two years. It was only after the two broke up that Cuoco went public with it. Status: Over -- but still friends.
Anna Torv and Mark Valley, "Fringe"
After a secret wedding over the holidays in 2008, Anna Torv, who plays FBI Special Agent Olivia Dunham on "Fringe," and Mark Valley, who played agent John Scott on the series, ended their marriage in 2010. Status: Divorced
Anne Heche and James Tupper, "Men In Trees"
Anne Heche left her husband, Coley Laffoon, for her "Men in Trees" co-star James Tupper in 2007. Status: Still together. The couple currently has two sons.
Eddie Cibrian and LeAnnn Rimes, "Northern Lights"
They were both married when they started working on the Lifetime movie "Northern Lights" ... but that didn't keep them apart for long. Status: Married.
Emily VanCamp and David Annable, "Brothers & Sisters"
The two played brother and sister at first, but the chemistry between them was so extreme that a plot twist was added (they weren't actually related) that allowed them to get together. Status: They've since broken up. Annable married actress Odette Yustman.
Emily VanCamp and Chris Pratt, "Everwood"
VanCamp and Pratt played siblings Amy and Bright on The WB drama, but that didn't stop them from embarking on a public relationship. Status: Broken up. Pratt married actress Anna Faris.
Scott Baio and Erin Moran, "Happy Days"
As The Fonz's younger cousin Chachi and Richie's younger sister Joanie, Baio and Moran found love on- and off-screen on "Happy Days." Their relationship sparked its own spin-off "Joanie Loves Chachi," but neither the show nor the couple lasted, even though they reportedly lost their virginity to each other. Status: Over. Baio featured on VH1's "Scott Baio Is 45 ... And Single."
Evangeline Lilly and Dominic Monaghan, "Lost"
Love can blossom when you work in a romantic paradise. Lilly and Monaghan dated from 2004 to 2009. Status: Broken up.
Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere, "Heroes"
Ah, young superheroes in love. The two began dating after working together on NBC's drama series. Status: Broken up.
Maggie Grace and Ian Somerhalder, "Lost"
The on-screen step-siblings were rumored to have dated after leaving the Island. However, nothing has been confirmed. Status: Over, if they were ever even on.
Jennifer Morrison and Jesse Spencer, "House"
Spencer proposed to Morrison over the holidays at the Eiffel Tower in 2006. The couple met in 2004 on their way to shoot the "House" pilot and kept their relationship a secret from their co-stars for months. In August 2007, the couple called off their engagement and eventually split. Status: Over.
Jessica Alba and Michael Weatherly, "Dark Angel"
Alba and Weatherly began a three-year relationship after meeting on set of "Dark Angel." Though they did put a ring on it, their engagement ended and the two split in 2003. Status: Over.
Katherine Heigl and Jason Behr, "Roswell"
Jason Behr dated his "Roswell" co-star -- who happened to play his on-screen sister -- Katherine Heigl and the pair was even rumored to be engaged. Sadly, their young love didn't last and they split in 2001. Status: Over.
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, "All My Children"
These two on-screen lovebirds became real-life husband and wife after working together on the now-canceled ABC soap "All My Children." Somehow, they outlasted Pine Valley. Status: Married with three kids.
Kirk Cameron and Chelsea Noble, "Growing Pains"
A few seasons into the late '80s/early '90s family sitcom "Growing Pains," Mike Seaver (Cameron) found the love of his life Kate Malone (Noble). And while the show was still on the air in 1991, the two born-again Christians wed. On the "Growing Pains" series finale in 1992, Mike proposed to Kate. When the cast reunited in 2000 for the made-for-TV "Growing Pains Movie," Mike and Kate continued to mirror Cameron and Noble's reality even further: They had adopted children from all corners of the world. Status: Married with six children, ranging in age from 5 to 12, four of whom were adopted.
Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini, "Freaks and Geeks"
The two met on the gone-too-soon "Freaks and Geeks" and continued to date for a few years after. Rumor has it their breakup influenced some of Segel's "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Status: Over.
Maureen McCormick and Barry Williams, "The Brady Bunch"
Here's the story: These TV step-siblings had an on-again/off-again relationship while filming the show. Status: Over. McCormick has been married since 1985 and Williams is twice-divorced.
Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter, "Dexter"
As foster siblings Dexter and Deb Morgan on the Showtime series, Carpenter and Hall spent a lot of time together. The two married in 2008, but it didn't last. Status: Divorced. Their marriage officially ended in 2011.
Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, "The Vampire Diaries"
After months of speculation, it was officially confirmed in September 2011 that Ian Somerhalder and his "Vampire Diaries" co-star Nina Dobrev are dating. Now if only their characters Elena and Damon could get together... Status: Still together.
Penn Badgley and Blake Lively, "Gossip Girl"
Just like their on-screen counterparts Serena van der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey, "Gossip Girl" co-stars Blake Lively and Penn Badgley ended their real-life romance in 2010, after getting together in 2007. Status: Over.
Lauren Graham and Peter Krause, "Parenthood"
Playing on-screen siblings on the NBC critical darling didn't stop Graham and Krause from knocking boots. The two met years ago, but never acted on the attraction. Status: Still together.
Sophia Bush and Chad Michael Murray, "One Tree Hill"
In 2003, Bush and Murray met on the set on The CW teen soap "One Tree Hill," which they starred on as Brooke Davis and Lucas Scott, respectively. The young lovebirds eventually married in 2005 after dating for two years. Unfortunately, just like their on screen relationship, Bush and Murray separated just five months after their wedding and ended their relationship. Status: Divorced.
Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, "True Blood"
It was love at first bite for Sookie and Bill on "True Blood" and the same could be said for Moyer and Paquin, who began dating after shooting the first episode of the HBO vampire series. Status: Married.
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, "High School Musical"
Efron and Hudgens started dating in 2007 when they were just teenagers co-starring in Disney's hit "High School Musical" TV movie franchise as high school sweethearts Troy and Gabriella. To the joy -- and dismay -- of teenage girls everywhere, the two finally called it quits in 2010. Status: Over -- but still friends.
Debra Messing and Will Chase, "Smash"
While working on one of 2012's most-anticipated new shows, Messing and Chase apparently really hit it off ... so much so that the couple is reportedly head-over-heels for each other after just six weeks together. Messing announced she and her husband of 10 years Daniel Zelman separated in December. Status: Rumored to be together.
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