Jersey Shore's Ronnie Ortiz-Magro returning to show & is now filming with cast one year after domestic violence arrest
RONNIE Ortiz-Magro has been slated to return to Jersey Shore this season and has already filming with the cast one-year after his domestic violence arrest.
A source close to the Jersey Shore cast exclusively told The Sun Ronnie, 36, will be appearing in the second half of the show's fifth season after stepping away to "seek medical treatment for mental health issues," following his most recent arrest for domestic violence last year.
Ronnie has "quietly been filming since late January or early February of this year. The cast members initially weren't sure he would be returning at all for this season," the source added.
Several cast members are said to be "less than thrilled" that the 36-year-old is returning to the iconic reality show after his second arrest for alleged domestic violence in 2021.
Until now, it was unclear if Ronnie would be rejoining the cast for this season of Jersey Shore Family Vacation.
He claimed to TMZ late last year that he was ready to come back.
He said at the time: "I feel great, man. Four months sober, quit drinking."
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Ronnie also revealed he is "living the good life" with his fiancé Saffire Matos and his three-year-old daughter, Ariana, whom he shares with his ex Jen Harley.
Ronnie was still on probation for his 2019 arrest for alleged domestic violence involving Jenn when he was arrested in April of last year for an incident involvingSaffire.
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Ronnie potentially faced 30 days jail time, however, the judge let the reality star walk free and instead ordered him to take 26 parenting classes.
The judge also placed him under a three-year protective order where he is prohibited from harassing or intimidating Saffire.
The court acknowledged he had completed a rehab program in Florida, thereby allowing him to skip jail time.
Ronnie stepped away from the show after the incident.
Ronnie took to his Instagram Stories in May of 2021 following the incident and said that he would not be filming upcoming episodes of Jersey Shore.
His statement read: "After talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I've ignored too long.
"My number one goal now is facing my struggles head on."
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Ronnie concluded: "This process will be difficult, but my #1 priority is to get healthy and be the best man and the best father I can for my daughter."
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