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Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino reflects on life as a free man as he talks about life behind bars

Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame is a free man after serving eight months of time in prison on fraud charges, and now he’s living to tell the tale.

The 37-year-old reality star opened up about his time spent at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York on Thursday’s episode of his costar Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s podcast, It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey.

‘I feel fantastic. I lost 40 pounds in this process. I’m reunited with my beautiful wife,’ he said on-air alongside his wife Lauren Sorrentino, who joined him for the appearance.

Out: Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame is a free man after serving eight months of time in prison on fraud charges, and now he’s living to tell the tale

‘Working on the No. 1 TV show on MTV! I’m grateful and taking advantage of every moment, every conversation, every meal and just living my best life,’ he continued.

He then let on that the prison was reminiscent of a ‘high school’ complete with cliquey tension. 

But fortunately for Sorrentino, his fellow prisoners generally ‘left him alone.’ 

‘They really loved me,’ he said. ‘I really lucked out.’ 

Happy: The 37-year-old reality star opened up about his time spent at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York on Thursday's episode of his costar Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi¿s podcast, It¿s Happening Wth Snooki & Joey

Happy: The 37-year-old reality star opened up about his time spent at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York on Thursday’s episode of his costar Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’s podcast, It’s Happening Wth Snooki & Joey

Sorrentino also came in close quarters with Billy McFarland, who was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud in the Fyre Festival case. 

‘He was very quiet, he was reserved. … He wasn’t in my group of friends. I played against him in basketball and softball, maybe, but then he was thrown out of the prison for smuggling in a recording device and trying to record the high-profile inmates,’ Sorrentino revealed.

And on his first day at prison, he had an exchange with Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for tax, bank and campaign finance crimes.

Fellow inmate: Sorrentino also came in close quarters with Billy MacFarland, who was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud in the Fyre Festival case

Fellow inmate: Sorrentino also came in close quarters with Billy MacFarland, who was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud in the Fyre Festival case

‘He was a bit nervous,’ he said about Cohen. ‘I was there for like three, four months, and I was like, ‘Listen, bro, I’m going to need to you to do something for me. … I’m going to need you to smuggle chicken from the main line and give it to me, I’m going to hide it in my locker, so I can have an extra serving after my workout.” 

He reportedly never received the extra piece of chicken from Cohen, but did end up befriending the prison’s kitchen workers.  

Us Weekly reported that Sorrentino had finished his eight-month sentence on Sept. 12 and was released.

Close quarters: On his first day at prison, Sorrentino had an exchange with Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for tax, bank and campaign finance crimes

Close quarters: On his first day at prison, Sorrentino had an exchange with Michael Cohen, who was sentenced to three years in prison for tax, bank and campaign finance crimes

‘When I first got home, all I wanted to do was spend time with my beautiful wife, I wanted to have a naked pizza party. … I wanted to watch movies. I wanted to watch Avengers, I wanted to watch Game of Thrones,’ he said. 

‘I had to catch up on all that TV. I wanted to snuggle with my dogs. Then the producers of MTV were like, ‘We need to get you in there ASAP.” 

Polizzi and the rest of their Jersey Shore castmates reunited the day after Sorrentino was released to film a reunion scene. 

All together now: Polizzi and the rest of their Jersey Shore castmates reunited the day after Sorrentino was released to film a reunion scene

All together now: Polizzi and the rest of their Jersey Shore castmates reunited the day after Sorrentino was released to film a reunion scene

‘I pretty much took the ball and started to run with it immediately. I started working the day I came out. I saw you guys the next day,’ he said. 

‘I moved in a couple of days later. I wasn’t mentally ready but at the same time it’s my job. It’s time to man up, rise to the occasion. Get that money! I missed out on eight months. I wasn’t doing projects for eight months. … I missed out on a lot of money.’ 

Sorrentino has been married to Lauren since 2018.       

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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