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'Jersey Shore' Star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Is Taking a Leave of Absence From the Show


May. 14 2021, Updated 10:45 a.m. ET

Avid viewers of MTV’s Jersey Shore franchise are likely familiar with the antics of Ronnie Ortiz-Magro. Known as a good guy with a bit of a temper, he tends to wear his heart on his sleeve. However, that doesn’t stop him from getting into altercations that can be avoided at times.

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Ronnie has been no stranger to the headlines or dealing with law enforcement. And after his latest run-in with the law, fans have been wondering about his future on the show. So, is Ronnie leaving Jersey Shore: Family Vacation? Read on to get your answer.

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Ronnie announced that he is stepping away from 'Jersey Shore' due to mental health reasons.

It takes a lot courage to realize when you need help. And when it comes to mental health, celebs and everyday people alike sometimes struggle with getting the help they truly need. 

On the night of May 13, 2021, Ronnie took to his Instagram stories to share with fans that he will officially be taking a step back from Jersey Shore. He knows that the news is not what fans want to hear, but getting medical treatment for his mental health issues is of the utmost importance for the star.

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“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 for too long,” he wrote. “My No. 1 goal now is facing my struggles head-on. This process will be difficult, but my No. 1 priority is to get healthy and be the best man and the best father I can for my daughter.”

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Ronnie did not elaborate on how long of a break he will take, but fans can expect for the star to be off the small screen for at least one season as he tries to address his mental health.

Fans initially believed that Ronnie would leave 'Jersey Shore' due to his latest domestic incident.

No matter what platform you have on television, there is no argument that domestic violence is not tolerated. Over the years, we’ve seen many people lose jobs and sometimes their careers because of domestic incidents. And it’s natural for Ronnie fans to be worried.

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The Jersey Shore star was arrested on April 22, 2021, in Los Angeles, Calif. Page Six reports that the reality star was arrested due to alleged domestic violence. He was released on a $100,000 bond.

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This is Ronnie's second arrest due to domestic violence after being charged with the same back in 2019 for allegedly being violent with ex-girlfriend Jen Harley. As a result, the outlet reports that he was already on probation for a period of three years.

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The news of Ronnie’s arrest tested some of his friendships.

No one likes to hear that a close friend or loved one was involved in a domestic incident. And while all the facts may not be known, Ronnie's arrest has caused tension among his friends, and he is currently feeling the heat.

On his Instagram stories, the Jersey Shore star alluded to the fact that people he considered to be close friends may not be in his corner any longer.

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“I take all experiences as lessons," he wrote. "You learn who really cares about you when you're down and out and then you see who doesn't. But I guess they call it the weeding process."

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Ronnie made it a point not to name any names, but fans were questioning who this message was referring to.

He continued, "Thank you to my real friends who haven't left my side and haven't betrayed me!"

Once fans saw his final message, they took it to mean that there may be some tension between him and his fellow cast members. 

And since none of his fellow Jersey Shore cast members have made any statements pledging their support to the star via social media, viewers are thinking there may be some trouble on the shore. 

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Despite the domestic violence charges officially behind him, Ronnie is still committed to taking time away to get his mental health in order. And that's something we can appreciate. Mental health is such a big issue that many people look over, so it's very commendable that Ronnie is doing the work to better himself. 

We sincerely wish Ronnie all the best on his mental health journey. 

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