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'Sopranos' Star: 'We Paved the Way' for 'Jersey Shore'

1/27/2011 2:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

We finally know who to blame for the rise of "Jersey Shore" -- and ironically, it's one of the greatest television shows of all-time ... "The Sopranos."

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TMZ ran into "Sopranos" star Joseph Gannascoli at Vincent's Restaurant in New York yesterday -- where he admitted that his show "paved the way" for Snooki & company ... who also play Italian stereotypes on TV.

And in a horrible twist of fate ... Jwoww and her reality show crew also showed up to the restaurant.

They must have given the milk jugs a day off.

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sugarbee    

I wouldn't be bragging about that.

1263 days ago
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Wendy    

HE SHOULD BE EMBARRASSED TO ADMIT THAT. SHAME ON HIM.

1263 days ago
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Tara    

Not necessarily Joe. Remember "Growing Up Gotti" with Victoria Gotti, John Gotti's daughter? It's just a proven fact, feisty Italian's + cameras=INSTANT HIT! Nevermind Jerseylicious and Jersey Couture, those shows are crap.

1263 days ago
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John    

Is there any way to blow up MTV and VH1? All buildings, property and etc. should be destroyed and/or blown up. The people who come up with these ideas from these 2 networks should be sent to a deserted isle never to be heard from again.

Then again, those watching these programs should just be sent to the glue factory. Put them out of their misery.

1263 days ago
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Paranormal Investigator    

no he is wrong..most actors on the sopranos actually were ITALIAN not adopted from the middle east so snooki does not even belong on that show in reality.she is FAKE. on another note shame they had to make vito gay and kill him off,his character was funny as hell.

1263 days ago
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Kari    

I agree with #'s 1&2--why would he think he should brag about it? But at least now we know who to blame.

1263 days ago
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Paranormal Investigator    

Early life

Nicole Polizzi was born in Santiago, Chile.[1] She was adopted when she was six months old and was raised by Italian American parents.[2] Polizzi earned her nickname, Snooki, in middle school when her friends named her after "Snookie", a (male) character in Save the Last Dance because she was the first of her friends to kiss a boy.

Polizzi grew up and attended school in Marlboro, New York, where she was a cheerleader. During high school, Polizzi suffered from an eating disorder, at one point weighing a mere 80 pounds (36 kg). The 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m) Polizzi attributes maintaining her position as a cheerleader partly led to her disorder.[3]

Polizzi attended community college after graduating from Marlboro High School, where she studied to become a veterinarian.


str8 from wiki

1263 days ago
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Nikki    

tHIS IS NOT THE BEST SHOW OF ALL TIME. I HAVE SEEN BETTER

1263 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

Vito like to take it up the ass. Thta's not Jersey Shore, at least for the guys!

1263 days ago
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CarolynAB    

While "Sopranos" aired earlier, I believe a more direct antecedent was the 2000 CBS show "That's Life," created by Diane Ruggiero and featuring Debi Mazur, Paul Sorvino, Ellen Burstyn, etc.

This show featured a law-abiding, lovable Italian American family, and a young woman blossoming and getting ready to move away from this family. I still contend CBS failed to give this show enough resources and promotion. It was a jewel.

1263 days ago
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c    

Jeez, TMZ, don’t you even edit these things before you post them? I’m pretty sure that first line should say “and ironically, it’s one of the most overrated television shows of all time...”The Sopranos”. Yeah, that one show where something besides the main character standing around in his bathrobe might happen every 7 or 8 episodes but that’s about it. And that finale? Total waste.

1263 days ago
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smashley    

WRONG... obivously Growing up Gotti was what did it.... the blowout and orange skin was introduced on that fine program thank you very much.

1263 days ago
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Kim    

I too think The Sopranos is the best show that's ever been on TV. The writing and the acting was superb. Just my opinion.

1263 days ago
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Brian Rathjen    

Yeah well thanks Sopranos.
Wait I never watched that show either. Between the two all my non-Jersey friends think we're *******s!

1263 days ago
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sst0026@yahoo.com    

Sopranos is a topnotch show...I can't believe this actor made that statement. Real "Mafia" won't put up with this BS of "Jersey Shore" because they would disrespect anyone who is connected. Now Jersey Idiots are in Italy, be care...those Italians won't take "S!" from y'all.

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