Deena Cortese made a bold first impression in her Jersey Shore debut, stripping for The Situation and calling Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola the dreaded “C-word” as MTV’s smash hit began its’ third season Thursday night.
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Deena, 23, is Snooki’s second banana who officially replaced the outgoing Angelina Pivarnick, and it appears there will be no lack of fireworks from the 4-foot-10 spitfire.
In one scene, a drunken Deena invited The Situation into her bedroom for an impromptu striptease, when she “mistakenly” pulled off her bottoms. In another, set in a hot tub, Deena captured Vinny Guadagnino’s full attention, causing Snooki to pout and fume in jealousy.
And like Angelina, Deena’s not afraid of a little conflict, as she continually butted heads with the testy Sammi throughout the show.
“I didn’t have a problem with you but now I do,” Deena told Sammi, who she later called the “C-word”.
Deena told MTV Thursday of the blow-up, that she “felt the need that [she] had to stand up for [herself].
“I felt like, ‘You know, what? I’m not going anywhere, I’m not leaving early. I’m here to stay — get out of here!’ So that’s what I did. I just put my foot down and was like, ‘Don’t laugh at me. Get real!’”
Jersey Shore airs on MTV Thursdays at 10/9c.