"They liked me as soon as I came in," Mike, 38, said of his fellow inmates. "They really loved me. I lucked out… I got the best seats, I was able to watch TV anytime I wanted. I was able to put on any channel I wanted at any time. People left me alone."
He explained how he received special treatment behind bars — which Radar exclusively reported — as he was able to get extra meals, even salad everyday, because he made friends with "two Italian guys who worked in the kitchen."
Although other inmates had jobs, Mike explained he wasn't required to work.
"I had a job, but they let me not work," he said. "My job was orderly. Someone that helps around the prison with mopping, cleaning. There was a guy who did my job for me."
He continued that he would spend his days reading celebrity magazines that his wife Lauren would send him.
"My wife would send me magazines on a weekly basis," he said. "That was my treat. I got all the celebrity weeklies."
The MTV star even made celebrity friends behind bars, as he would see Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland "in passing."
"He was very quiet and reserved. He would say, 'hi,'" he said. "He wasn't in my group of friends. I played against him in basketball and softball."
"His nickname was The Fixer," he said. "I went up to him the first day. He was nervous. I'm going to ask him to sneak me some chicken out of the mainline. He didn't show up. I saw him later on in the evening. I said, 'What happened with the chicken!' He said, 'They are on to us!' He was paranoid the first day."
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Radar exclusively broke that the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star was released from FCI Otisville on Thursday, September 12 at around 8:10am after serving an 8-month sentence on tax evasion charges.
In the exclusive first photos, Mike showed off his jacked arms in a T-shirt while at a gas station stop in East Orange, New Jersey with Lauren.
Major Weight Loss
"I lost 40 pounds in this process," he said on the podcast. "I worked out twice a day. I did intermittent fasting 16 hours for the week days. I did 17 to 19 hours on the weekends."
As Radar exclusively reported, Mike is working on a tell-all book on his experience in prison. "Mike has been keeping an extensive diary, and has been writing about his experiences every day," a source previously told Radar. "He is just taking notes in his diary for someone else to write it."
He confirmed the memoir on the podcast. "Yes I'm definitely going to write a tell all," he said. "We're in the process of going through that whole avenue right now. We're starting with the recovery then going to prison."
But although prison seemed lax for the MTV star, he compared it to the worst shore house he's stayed in! He said of some of the meals, "The food was the worst school lunch you ever had. Thursdays, chicken day was pretty good."
Best Life Ever
As for Mike's post-prison life, he said he feels "fantastic." "I'm reunited with my beautiful wife," he said. "Working on the No. 1 TV show on MTV! I'm grateful and taking advantage of every moment, every conversation, every meal and just living my best life."
Back To Work
He revealed how once he was released from Otisville, he went straight to work. "The producers of MTV were like, 'Listen we need to get you in there ASAP," he said. "So I pretty much took the ball and started to run with it immediately. I started working the day I came out. I moved in to the Jersey Shore house a couple of days later. I was mentally ready, but at the same time it's my job. It's time to man up, rise to the occasion."
He continued, "Get that money! I missed out on 8 months. I wasn't doing projects for 8 months. While I was in prison, I was on TV every Thursday with a smile on my face... But I missed out on a lot of money."
As readers know, Mike is sober from drugs and alcohol. He often speaks at schools and rehab centers. He revealed he may even return and speak at prisons, as he was a model inmate.
‘Clean & Sober’
"I'll been clean and sober 4 years in December," he said. "Huge milestone. I'm on such a good road. I walk a very tight line. "
As for his wife Lauren, she admitted his stint was "hard" on her. But she kept busy with her projects and filming. The two even had a naked pizza party when he was released!