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Ex-Mafia Boss

'Jersey Shore' Guys Are

'Disgrace to the Italians'

10/18/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ex-Philadelphia mafia boss "Skinny Joey" Merlino -- who served 12 years in federal prison for racketeering -- says the guys from "Jersey Shore" are a big, fat "disgrace to the Italians" ... seriously.

Merlino -- who was released from the slammer last year -- was at LAX yesterday, where he was picked up from the airport by Howard Stern's favorite mob family member Johnny Fratto.

It's unclear why Joey is in L.A. -- but as Johnny drove off with Merlino riding shotgun, he picked an interesting song choice to bump in his car ... Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom."

FYI -- Merlino was rumored to have been a heavy gambler before he got locked up ... and when we asked if he had any advice for Harvey (who's been getting killed with his NFL picks) ... "Skinny Joey" had one solid piece of advice ... and it involves one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady.

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thestupid    

As an Italian male, I agree 100%. Jersey Shore cast are embarrassments.

682 days ago
2.

D    

Well of course! We don't need an ex-mobster to tell us this!

682 days ago
3.

Elle0375    

Pot, meet Kettle

682 days ago
4.

Carl    

And the Mafia isn't a disgrace to Italian Americans?

682 days ago
5.

KnuckleDragger    

What ever happened to just keeping your mouth shut?!

682 days ago
6.

Machelle    

Hmmm, this is interesting to me
because any italian that I've ever
talked to is ashamed and embarrassed
of drug dealing, thug mobsters, and that
they have a horrrible reputation.

682 days ago
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devilgirl    

LOL! Tell us something we don't already know.

682 days ago
8.

Mel    

Duh they are all a disgrace to the HUMAN RACE!! Half of them including Snooki aren't even Italian! D-bags, the whole lot.

682 days ago
9.

belmarjerzy    

The situation bangs 10 hot girls a week, I throw 10 corpses in the river a week, What a embarrassment to us all ! FUGETABOUTIT!!!!!!!!!!

682 days ago
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Kiss This    

There is no bigger disgrace to Italians than the Mafia. At least the Jersey Show cast never killed anyone.

682 days ago
11.

Hammer    

Coming from this guy?? What a laugh

682 days ago
12.

Bill    

Jersey Shore cast are a discrace to Human Beings!!

682 days ago
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kitnplayn    

Are you kidding me? You were a role model to the Italian youth culture, and now you want to blame them for behaving stupid like you? You're brain dead. I guess greed and arrogance interfers with the natural thought process of the brain.

682 days ago
14.

Elsa    

The Mafia is nothing short of a domestic terrorist group.

682 days ago
15.

AndUKnowThisMan    

AWESOME!! Keep the MafiA vids coming!!

682 days ago
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