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MTV: The party's over for 'Jersey Shore'

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi "Sweetheart"

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola" (Credit: Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Deena Nicole Cortese, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola")

America's favorite guidos are finally leaving the beach.

MTV announced Thursday that the upcoming season of "Jersey Shore" will be the series' last hurrah, calling the cancellation the "end of an era."

The sixth and final season of the show, the highest-rated series in MTV's history, will premiere Oct. 4, but eager fans will be treated to a preview of footage from the series on Sept. 6 during a one-hour special called "Gym, Tan, Look Back."

The decision to end the show, which first aired in 2009 to controversy over whether it exploited negative stereotypes of Italian Americans, comes as the cast members have all begun forging new paths in their careers and lives.

Pint-sized Snooki (née Nicole Polizzi), 24, who gave birth to a baby boy Sunday, earned a spin-off show with Jennifer "JWoww" Farley titled "Snooki & JWoww," which saw them move in together.

Paul "Pauly D" DelVecchio carved out a successful career as a DJ, and Forbes estimated his earnings for 2011 at $11 million, placing him among the world's top-earning DJs. He was the first "Jersey Shore" housemate to receive his own spin-off, "The Pauly D Project," which followed him around the world in his DJ career.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino also cashed in on his fame, with earnings estimated at $3 million in 2010 by The Daily Beast, made from the show, event appearances and endorsements. Earlier this year, the reality star entered rehab to deal with prescription-medication addiction before filming the final season.

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