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After six seasons, MTV announced Thursday that it will end its successful reality series Jersey Shore.
MTV announced that the network will air a special retrospective on Thursday, Sept. 6 titled Gym, Tan, Look Back. The network promises that it will be just the first in a series of specials that will look back at the series’ five seasons. In fact, the network will devote its entire programming on Sept. 6 to the show, leading up to the special, which will air just before the 2012 Video Music Awards.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the show’s cast will appear live during the VMAs.
Jersey Shore started in 2009 and has become one of the most influential reality series on TV to date, although it was hammered by critics who did not approve of how it portrayed Italian-Americans. Still, two years after the show began, it was still averaging 9 million viewers and was easily the most-watched show in MTV history. However, ratings began to decline after last season’s trip to Italy and when they returned to the U.S. earlier this year, the slump continued.
The show also inspired two spin-offs, The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWoww, which was renewed for a second season. MTV did not say if Pauly D’s show has been renewed yet.
The show’s sixth season will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10pm.
The news comes just days after Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi announced that she gave birth to her first child.