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(Undated)  —  Fans of MTV’s new reality series “Jersey Shore” won’t be seeing all of this week’s episode.  E! News is reporting that the show has decided not to air a scene that shows castmember Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi getting punched in the face at a bar.  MTV released a statement explaining that they made the decision after consulting with violence experts.  MTV also believes that the, quote, “video footage has been taken out of context.”  The network says they will still clearly illustrate what happened, and air a message at the end of the show listing available resources for individuals in abusive relationships.

Video footgage of the punch began making the rounds on the Internet after it was featured in previews for “Jersey Shore.”  The clip has since been pulled from YouTube.  The man responsible for the punch, Dan Ferro, is a high school gym teacher in Queens, New York.  The “New York Post” reports that Ferro was found guilty of simple assault.  He was also ordered to take anger-management classes and pay a 500-dollar fine.  Ferro was also given a six month suspended jail sentence provided he stays out of trouble.

MTV’s “Jersey Shore” revolves around a group of Italian-Americans who share a summer home in New Jersey.  The show has had no problems attracting controversy.  Many Italian-Americans have found the show offensive, while Domino’s and American Family Insurance have removed their ads from the series.  “Jersey Shore” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. Eastern on MTV.

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Andrew Michalscheck/sw  NJ)

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Metro Networks Communications Inc., A Westwood One Company 

12-14-2009 01:11:

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