Ronnie Ortiz-Magro returning to 'Jersey Shore,' cast 'upset' over his legal troubles

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Ronnie's back.

Original cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, who has been in trouble with the law over a series of domestic abuse cases, will be on the Thursday, Aug. 11, episode of “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” according to a next episode teaser shown at the end of the Thursday, Aug. 4, show.

He tells a producer that it “feels good” to be back in Jersey, and a snippet of a sit down with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is also shown.

“Eager to make amends,” Mike says. “Everyone was definitely upset for your actions.”

Ronnie was arrested on suspicion of intimate partner violence in April 2021 in Los Angeles, but avoided jail when a judge in September determined that the time he spent in treatment was significant enough to forgo a sentence behind bars.

He previously pled no contest to one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting arrest from an October 2019 incident in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, when police were called to a home where he, ex-girlfriend Jen Harley and their then 20-month old child were staying.

MTV stated that Ronnie was stepping away from the show after the April 2021 arrest to address his mental health issues. He wasn't included in any of the season promos, nor is he on the show's opening cast roll.

“These allegations are pretty serious,” said Vinny Guadagnino on the Jan. 5, Season 5 premiere. “He needs to take time for himself and figure himself out. I just hope he gets better, and one of these times he works on himself and it actually sticks.”

Ronnie was on the Jan. 5 episode to ask girlfriend Saffire Matos to marry him. They have since broken off the engagement. Ronnie been posting throwback pics of him and his “Jersey Shore” castmembers on social media for the last few weeks, seemingly in anticipation of his return..

Drama over the "speech" has also returned. Mike and Angelina Pivarnick had two sit-downs to hash out why Angelina's exes are contacting Mike to tell him that she leaked to the press details of Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Deen Cortese and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi's testimonial speech-gone-wrong at Angelina's wedding to Chris Larangeira in November 2019.

The wedding of Angelina Pivarnick and Chris Larangeira on Nov. 20, 2019, at Park Château Estate and Gardens in East Brunswick.
The wedding of Angelina Pivarnick and Chris Larangeira on Nov. 20, 2019, at Park Château Estate and Gardens in East Brunswick.

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It caused a year of infighting and friction among the cast, and Nicole even left the show for a time.

“Let's be real, you had multiple side-pieces. They got mad at each other,” Mike said. “Side-piece wars happened. They became besties with your husband and they all wanted to expose you … and then you're mad at everybody for finding out that you're (blank) cheating with everybody!”

Hey, nobody's perfect, Angelina said.

“I'm admitting it's my messy divorce, but you didn't have to add to my messiness,” Angelina said. “The fact of the matter is I don't feel respected here.”

Jenni also isn't happy.

“Knowing my name is being brought up, that brings me back to the speech all over again and it's terrifying,” Jenni said. “They ruined my life for a year.”

The winner of the episode was Denino's Pizza Place in Aberdeen. It seemed like the whole cast ate there, or Mike brought over a pie from there on Thursday.

“He should of, if he knew me well enough, brought me a bottle of tequila,” Jenni said.

“Jersey Shore Family Vacation” airs 8 p.m. Thursdays on MTV.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers music and entertainment for the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan;

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Jersey Shore Family Vacation Ronnie Ortiz-Magro returning to show