“Oh my God, to be a free man, to be honest with you, it's awesome,” Sorrentino, 37, said while rocking a “Living my best life” T-shirt.
“It's fantastic. I have my beautiful wife next to me. I'm healthy, I'm sober, back at work with my best friends on the No. 1 show on MTV and just living the dream,” he added.
Sorrentino said the first thing he did on the day of his release was reunite with his Jersey Shore: Family Vacation co-stars and have “a naked pizza party” with wife Lauren Pesce.
“You sort of take your freedom for granted sometimes,” he said. “Once you get out, you are taking advantage of every minute. Every second, every meal, every conversation with my beautiful wife, with my friends. I love my job, so I am on such an awesome road and we are very excited to see what the future has to offer.”
Sorrentino admitted that now that he's free again, he excited about getting back to work, starting with the basics, “fitness, family, fun, and don’t forget the finances, because you don’t wanna end up back in prison.”
Radar readers know Sorrentino was released on September 12, after serving an 8-month sentence in the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York for tax evasion.
He said that during his time behind bars he concentrated on keeping himself healthy and fit, but what he missed most was spending time with his wife and friends.
“It's a very uncomfortable situation from start to finish but it's not the end of the world,” he said about his arrest, guilty plea, and time in prison.
While he was behind bars, he’d watch himself and the Jersey Shore cast on TV and dream of better days.
“I was just proud of myself that, even under extreme stress and adversity, I was still able to do my job and do it well,” he said. “And still able to earn an income while in prison.”