By Darren Franich
Updated March 21, 2012 at 10:14 PM EDT

TMZ reported that Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino had checked into rehab for substance abuse — news which seemed practically inevitable in light of the round-the-clock Jersey Shore lifestyle. (That’s not to mention The Situation’s slow-but-steady descent into rampant paranoia in the show’s recent seasons.) However, a representative for The Situation denies TMZ’s claims, telling EW that the reality star “has spent the past several weeks at an undisclosed location for much needed rest and recuperation after his extensive production and appearance schedule.” The rep says that Uncle Sitch will return for the show’s upcoming sixth season. UPDATE: Sorrentino confirmed on his website, “I have voluntarily taken steps to get control of a prescription medication problem I had due to exhaustion”

Last night, The Situation tweeted: “Don’t believe everything you read or hear.” He clarified that tweet 20 minutes ago with a follow-up: “Do NOT Believe Everything You Hear, Especially from TMZ .”

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