By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated May 11, 2011 at 07:30 PM EDT

Jersey Shore‘s The Situation (real name Mike Sorrentino) said in a statement released today that he is “saddened” by the online video tirades released by his estranged father, Frank Sorrentino, earlier this week. In a series of bizarre videos, first seen on TMZ, the elder Sorrentino claims, among other things, that his son “abandoned” his family after finding Jersey Shore fame. In a second video, Frank Sorrentino claims the TV personality was fired from one of his jobs for inappropriate sexual conduct.

The Situation released the following statement regarding the claims:

Tim Stack contributed to this report.

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