In a roundtable discussion about the production of reality shows, Jersey Shore creator SallyAnn Salsano, herself a native of Jersey Shore twin Long Island, called the set of the show a “herpes nest” and admitted to dispensing the herpes medication Valtrex “like M&Ms.”
Salsano didn’t confirm whether any of the show’s “stars” are infected, but said:
Salsano: I do a full medical but I also do a lot of STD stuff.
(Dr. Drew) Pinsky: The network requires me to do stuff with my patients that has no relevance to anything. Like everyone on the set has to take (herpes medication) Valtrex.
Salsano: We hand it out like M&Ms! “Hey kids, it’s time for Valtrex!” It’s like a herpes nest. They’re all in there mixing it up.
Salsano did say that she “cares” about all the participants on the show, and even said she has Snooki’s parents’ numbers in her cell phone. The reality show creator also struck out at people who critique the “low culture” aspects of the MTV hit:
Salsano: I got a lot of heat when “Jersey Shore” came out. All the papers were pissy. But you know what? You can be as mad as you want. I was raised on Long Island, my dad is a sanitation worker, he drives a triple black Cadillac. Right now he’s sitting in his recliner chair with a Yankees symbol. Those are my people! So they’re like, “You’re being a racist.” I’m like, “F*** you guys, this is my life. I went to the Jersey shore. You know, I was Snooki. I made a ton of mistakes and got my ass kicked in a bar.” It is what it is.
[THR via Gawker]