Jersey Shore Star Sammi: Don't Judge Us!

Jan. 1 2010, Updated 5:45 a.m. ET

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It may be the most controversial series now on TV but that doesn't make the stars of Jersey Shore bad people according to Samantha Giancola, one of the break-out personalities of the MTV show.

"We shouldn't judge, because everybody's their own person.  I feel, as an Italian-American, I understand their ways," Sammi says.  "People are what they are."

Jersey Shore has stirred up contempt from Italian-American groups who detest the way they say they are being stereotyped on the show.  Several sponsors, including Domino's Pizza, have bailed.  But viewers don't care.  Ratings have almost doubled in just the first few episodes.

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Jersey Shore is a twist of MTV's Real World with a bit of Bravo's Real Housewives thrown in for good measure.

The reality show features eight Italian-Americans sharing a Seaside Heights, NJ house for the summer.

"I feel like it's just a typical Jersey Shore place to go on vacation, Sammi adds.  "There are lots of fights, hook ups, dramas."

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