One source claims the 18-year-old was actually bullied for being there -- apparently not everyone thought she earned the right to walk the shows!
The insider spilled:
The suits at Abercrombie & Fitch really don't want The Situation to be seen in their clothes and they're willing to pay him not to!
Think we're kidding?
Here's the official statement released by A&F:
"We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans. We have therefore offered a substantial payment to Michael 'The Situation' Sorrentino and the producers of MTV's The Jersey Shore to have the character wear an alternate brand. We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."
We find it hard to believe Mike is damaging Abercrombie's image when they were the ones who tried to profit off his name by selling "The Fitchuation" t-shirts two years ago.
BUT if they're going to pay him, we say take the money!
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