"That show is a legend," MTV's newest reality star tells TooFab.
Ahead of the premiere this coming Monday, Gilson told TooFab that the last thing she and her castmates want to do is replace the lovable gang of self-described "guidos," who were full-blown pop culture phenomenons when they first took over the New Jersey shore in 2009.
"I don't know how old they are now or even if they watch TV. I know they have kids and stuff so they're probably worried about more important things, but I wouldn't want them to think we are trying to run off that show because that show is a legend," the MTV newcomer said. "Everybody is going to remember that. They made their landmark and they were great."
And if any "Jersey Shore" fans are busy trying to figure out what the "Floribama Shore" housemates have in common with Pauly D, Snooki, JWoww, The Situation, Vinny and Deena, they're wasting their time.
"I don’t necessarily feel like any of us, are any of them," Gilson said. "I feel like we are all our own individual person."
Gilson told TooFab that unlike the "Jersey Shore" roommates, who were all predominantly Italian, her roommates are very ethnically diverse and from different states, including Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Alabama. She added that they shelved fist pumping for more timely dance styles, like twerking and dabbing.
"The only thing similar," Gilson added. "I would say is putting eight people in a house and giving them some alcohol and watching them and seeing what they'll do."
After MTV announced its next "Shore" show, Mike "The Situation" took to Twitter to express his discontent (or in all fairness, maybe just to rally his fans for fun) by tweeting:
It's been eight years since MTV introduced the world to the "Jersey Shore" and the crew's unique vocabulary (GTL, grenade, meatball, smush) to the world, and the network is hoping to strike gold twice by re-teaming with producer SallyAnn Salsano in the Florida Panhandle to revive the franchise in Panama City Beach. "Each is armed with incredible life experiences and standing at a crossroads, whether it's ending a relationship, tasting independence for the first time, or trying to escape the past. This coming-of-age story captures the very real thrill and angst of being young and trying to figure out the future with a group of people you'll come to call family," MTV said in a statement. "You can expect to see drinking, a lot of partying, a lot of praying, a lot of country ass whoopin' and a lot of fun," Gilson added. Watch the trailer for the new show below: _"MTV Floribama Shore" premieres on MTV on Nov. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT._ View Photos Getty
I’m 29, 2 kids, Married & can still funnel wine and do cartwheels on the dance floor. We aren’t dead Bundy https://t.co/uTmrJGJIjm— Nicole Polizzi (@snooki) November 2, 2017