"Jersey Shore" to end after upcoming sixth season

The cast of "Jersey Shore."
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The cast of "Jersey Shore."

(CBS News) The upcoming season of "Jersey Shore" will be the show's last.

MTV confirmed Thursday that the reality series is coming to an end after six seasons.

The news comes days after "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi welcomed a son, Lorenzo, with fiance Jionni LaValle.

"Jersey Shore," which followed a group of housemates as they partied, hooked up, fought, and fist-pumped in Seaside Heights, N.J., premiered in 2009. It introduced the world to the likes of Snooki, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Jennifer "JWoww" Farley, and popularized catchphrases like "GTL" (that's Gym, Tan, Laundry, for those who don't know).

The series took the group to Miami and Florence, Italy, during the second and fourth seasons, respectively. It also spawned two spin-off shows - "The Pauly D Project" and "Snooki & JWoww."

"Jersey Shore" garnered record ratings for MTV, becoming the highest-rated series in the network's history. But those ratings began slipping during the show's fourth season, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The show begins its sixth and final season on Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. Before that, MTV is airing a one-hour special called "Gym, Tan, Look Back" on Sept. 6, leading into the Video Music Awards, where the "Jersey Shore" cast will make an appearance on the red carpet.