Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi attends the "Jersey Shore" album release party...

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi attends the "Jersey Shore" album release party at Marquee in Manhattan on July 13, 2010. Credit: Getty Images

The "Jersey Shore" cast walkout has ended. In a statement Tuesday night, MTV said it was "pleased that the Jersey Shore cast are returning to Seaside Heights to continue production on Season 3."

The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday that a handful of cast members - notably Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio and Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino - had agreed to new deals and that taping of the third season in Seaside Heights, N.J., was expected to begin shortly.

Several members of the cast had refused to work Monday until MTV sweetened deals they had cut in the spring. The second season, which originates in Miami and was taped earlier this year, returns next Thursday.

Meanwhile, there's one character from "Jersey Shore" that won't be returning for the third season: the Italian flag.

UNICO, the Fairfield, N.J.-based Italian-American anti-defamation group that sharply criticized MTV for the word "guido" used occasionally by cast members early in the show's run last season, said Tuesday the network had agreed to remove the huge Italian flag decal that adorns the house where the show tapes. UNICO president Andre DiMino said in a statement that the flag "was used to unfortunately symbolize the show which stereotyped Italian Americans," and after discussions with the network, it was removed.

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