With some of its stars off to topline their own spinoffs and start a family, ratings starting to come down to earth and cast salary demands escalating, MTV is ending its blockbuster reality show Jersey Shore. The upcoming season 6 of the series, which premieres Oct. 4, will be its last, MTV said.

MTV has lined up a slew of Jersey Shore farewell programming beginning on Sept. 6, the night of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. The full-day celebration will kick-off  at 11 AM with a Jersey Shore marathon. At 6 PM, MTV will air Gym, Tan, Look Back, a retrospective special, which will feature a sneak peak from the final season. AT 7 PM, Jersey Shore cast members will discuss the end of the show on the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards Pre-Show red carpet. Following  Season Six premiere on October 4, the new episodes of the final episodes will be followed by Jersey Shore encore programming at 11 PM.
Jersey Shore is MTV’s highest rated series ever in history and has ranked as the #1 cable series for P12-34 for all five of its previous seasons. It aired internationally, spawned spinoff series The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWOWW, which has been renewed for a second season, and inspired two international versions: Geordie Shore in the UK and Gandia Shore in Spain. Jersey Shore is executive produced by SallyAnn Salsano from 495 Prods. Concept created by Anthony Beltempo.