Before the the fall of 2009 most of us were blissfully ignorant of the bawdy, sand-encrusted lifestyle of the Jersey Shore.
Indeed, The Situation, Snooki, GTL, fist-pumping—now such pop culture staples—were all well-kept secrets, buried treasures, tucked far, far away in the crevices of Seaside Heights. 10 Ridiculous Jersey Shore Love Quotes
Enter SallyAnn Salsano, a former Long Island guidette turned mega producer who added a new wrinkle to reality TV when her baby, Jersey Shore, hit MTV in December of 2009. The show—entering its fourth season in August—has been touted as single-handedly making MTV relevant again by cementing a new batch of celebrities and scoring the network millions in advertising revenue. While it may seem like at 37-years-old Salsano, who owns her own company, 495 Productions, hit a winning streak early, she's actually been pounding the TV pavement since a college internship with Sally Jesse Raphael. Before Jersey Shore she worked on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and helped catapult yet another pint-sized ne'er do well—Tila Tequila—into stardom with the Shot At Love series. Dating Advice From Tila Tequila (It's Good!)
These days, Salsano helms three other shows along with Jersey Shore. She produces MTV's Disaster Date, where friends enact revenge on one another by setting up hilariously awful blind dates, Spike TV's Repo Games, where car owners get a chance to win their repossessed vehicle back by answering trivia questions, and TV Guide's newest reality show, Nail Files, about the owner of a celebrity nail salon in Los Angeles.
We sat down with the fast-talking reality TV dynamo and chatted about love, dating advice and how all the Jersey Shore boys are husband material underneath it all.
Season 4 of the Jersey Shore premieres next month. Is there anything juicy you can share with us about the cast in Italy?
This season is the craziest. There is more drama in this cast then any other season. You will laugh with them as much as you do at them. They're hilarious.
I read somewhere that you relate to Snooki. Is that true and how?
I was just like her at 21. I thought I was going to hang at the Jersey Shore meet a guido, get married and have kids by the time I'm 25. So I relate to Snooki's mentality. Needless to say that didn't happen. I'm 37, single with no kids and no desire to settle down with a guido.
So tell us about dating guidos. Did you date a lot of them?
Yes, that would be an understatement. I led the guidette lifestyle for many years.
If you had to set your girlfriend up with one of the Jersey Shore boys, who would it be?
Ha. The funny thing is all of my girlfriends are probably crazy enough to date one of those guys. It would depend on which girlfriend to which guy, but honestly all those guys are going to end up being good husbands—they just need to find "The One." And once they do they're going to be completely whipped. They're all good guys, they just have an odd way of showing it right now.
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