"Italian-Americans are a highly educated group, highly accomplished, and most go on to great schools and colleges," he said. "These kids are there having a good time, and we don't condone the way they behave. We just hope the American viewers take it for exactly what it is."
"It's silly and ridiculous and is the new reality of television and people want to see the sensationalism," said Piccigallo. "It doesn't have any connection to what is real in the Italian community and to the familial experience."
But according to Polizzi, her time filming "Jersey Shore" did result in a so-called Italian, familial experience.
"Because of the show, we're at the Jersey Shore to party, and that's basically what you do -- drink and party," she said.
"But I think everyone is getting the vibe that that is how we're trying to represent Italians, but we're not," said Polizzi. "We do have dinners and get to know each other as a family."
"Yeah, we party, but we also have a family side."