The American reality show, Jersey Shore, became a pop culture phenomenon from 2009 to 2012.

The show featured the lives of eight housemates and their eccentrically wild lifestyle which quickly attracted a lot of viewers.

Following the show’s success, a reunion series, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, started airing on April 5, 2018.

Like the show itself, the facts behind the production of the show and the cast are equally amazing and unbelievable. 

Here are some secrets you never knew behind the making of Jersey Shore

1. Jersey Shore was like “being in a jail”

To promote interactivity between the members, they weren’t allowed to listen music, watch TV or surf the internet.

Snooki even reported to V Magazine that the show was like “being in jail for two months” and that booze was their only escape.

The show was so uncompromising that the producers didn’t even let the cast write notes to each other off-camera.

2. Restriction on private calls

The cast was restricted on having their phone on the show and was given the infamous duck phone to make calls.

They only got one private call per week, and the rest of the calls were recorded for the show. 

The camera crew followed the casts’ every move. They would have to give an hour’s notice before leaving the house. 

3. Pay raise

When the show started, they were only paid a few hundred bucks. But in later seasons, their pay was raised to $10000.

Some of the cast reportedly made over $100,000 by the end of the season.

4. Difficulties after the fame

When the show became popular, filming outside of the house became quite difficult due to massive crowds.

They even had to construct barriers around the house to keep paparazzi away and avoid leaks.

5. The cast was supposed to be renewed every season

The show was originally meant to be about the lifestyle of a new cast every season. 

However, the original cast became so popular that the producers decided to continue with them.