R.I.P. The Jersey Shore

It’s hard to know what to say in moments like these — days you knew were waiting for you at the end of the road, while never really allowing their inevitability to sink in. As James Taylor once said, “Sail on home to Jesus, won’t you good girls and boys. I’m all in pieces, you can have your own choice.” Never have those words been truer than this afternoon, upon hearing that the upcoming sixth season of MTV’s The Jersey Shore will be its last. From EW:

MTV is pulling the plug on its modern classic reality series Jersey Shore.

The sixth and final edition of the show recently wrapped production and will debut Thursday, Oct. 4, with the crew back in Seaside Heights for one last party. The network is also airing a retrospective Jersey Shore special titled “Gym, Tan, Look Back” that will include a first look at the final season. The special will air before the Video Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 6. The Shore cast will make a live appearance on the red carpet during the VMAs pre-show, as well.

The sixth season is not expected to actively portray that the series is coming to close. Before filming began, the cast was informed this might be the show’s final season, but they were not officially told the news until this morning. The show is survived by its two spin-offs, The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWOWW. Though MTV has not yet announced a verdict on Pauly D Project, the Snooki series was picked up for a second season.

This is going to be a hard day for all of us, but do keep in mind the good times and the joy The Jersey Shore brought to us in its many, many, way too many years. It built itself up from nothing, rising to the status of our nation’s premiere horrible garbage nightmare, and that’s how it will be remembered. Forever. And don’t forget to tune in to The Pauly D Project and Snooki & JWOWW, assuming that the former will get picked up for the second season it deserves. We’ll get through this, guys — together.