- - Thursday, August 30, 2012

MTV gave the last call for “Jersey Shore” on Thursday, saying the raucous reality show will conclude after its upcoming sixth season, which begins Oct. 4.

The series, whose roots lay in a party house in Seaside Heights, N.J., has given rise to Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, just two from a cast of characters who were over-tanned, overloud and always pumped up. It popularized the terms “guido” and “guidette” and the mantra “gym, tan, laundry” while trying the patience of local residents with its party-hearty antics.

“Jersey Shore” became a pop-culture sensation and one of MTV’s biggest hits with its premiere in December 2009. It drew as many as 8 million viewers while spawning the spinoffs “Snooki & JWoww” and “The Pauly D Project,” but ratings have eroded in recent seasons.

The show strayed from New Jersey during its run. In season two, the housemates fled winter for Miami Beach. The fourth season took them to Italy.

But you could never take the Jersey out of “Jersey Shore” — or at least a certain Jersey stereotype the show made sport of riotously.

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Meanwhile, certain Jersey locals made no secret of their disdain for the show.

Two years ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called it “negative for New Jersey,” telling a TV interviewer the show “takes a bunch of New Yorkers, drops them at the Jersey Shore and tries to make America feel like this is New Jersey.”

Most of the cast members are from New York.

On Sept. 6, MTV will launch its season-spanning cavalcade of farewell “Jersey” fare with a retrospective special, “Gym, Tan, Look Back.” The party isn’t over yet.

Giuliana and Bill Rancic welcome baby boy

Giuliana and Bill Rancic have welcomed son Edward Duke to their family.

Edward was born in Denver by a gestational surrogate Wednesday night. He weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces.

The couple were in the delivery room for the four-hour labor and birth.

Mrs. Rancic is a red-carpet fixture and host of E! News. Mr. Rancic, who cut the baby’s umbilical cord, is an entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He was the first-season winner on TV’s “The Apprentice.” The couple star in the Style Network reality show “Giuliana & Bill” that dealt with their fertility issues.

Mrs. Rancic told E! News that she and her husband are “so in love with the little guy already.”

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