Fans of Jersey Shore are well-versed with Vinny Guadagnino's mom, Paola, and his uncle.

The mentioned family members have made several appearances in the series over the years. 

The show kick-started in 2009 and was brought to an end in 2012 after six successful seasons.

Guadagnino, when he joined the cast in 2009, was the only known male member in the roster of eight individuals.

The reality star's mother was introduced in the show's first season. 

The show's followers were quick to take Paola in their hearts after witnessing her overbearing and protective nature.

She stole everyone's affection when she took the pleasure of cooking each season for the show's house member.

However, Guadagnino's uncle, popularly known as uncle Nino, is arguably the most loved persona in Jersey Shore's history.

But after getting to know his mother and famous uncle, fans were curious to learn about Guadagnino's father.

His father's noticeable absence made fans question why he was never brought to the reality show.

Read the full article to find out what happened to Vinny Guadagnino's dad.

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Who is Vinny Guadagnino?

Born on 11 November 1987 (age 35) in Staten Island, New York, U.S., Vincent J. Guadagnino is an American reality television personality who is best known for his appearances in all six seasons of the now-defunct MTV hit reality show, Jersey Shore from 2009 to 2012. 

The host of MTV's talk show The Show With Vinyl in 2013 and co-host of MTV's dating show Double Shot at Love (2019 to present) again had a reunion with the original castmates of Jersey Shore in 2018 through the reboot series, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, in which he still appears today. The show has spanned six seasons as of now. 

A Ketogenic diet advocate and author of 'The Keto Guide Cookbook,' Guadagnino later ventured out to two dancing reality shows, The Masked Dancer (2021) and Dancing with the Stars (2022). 

Now when he is not filming, he keeps himself occupied with his two clothing lines: Name Brand NYC and IHAV.  Some of the products of the brands are likely advertised on his website Viny G Shop.  According to The Cinemaholic, "all proceeds from IHAV go to an anti-bullying charity."

In addition, the Staten Island native has also appeared in other reality tv shows such as The Great Food Truck Race, Jersey Shore Shark Attack,  Double Shot at Love, and Revenge Prank. His acting credits include The Hard Times of RJ Berger, The Gate of Fallen Angels, and 90210. 

He and Samantha Rose co-authored the book, 'Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool,' in 2019.

Guadahninio often participates in charity auctions and also supports the animal rescue organization, Much Love.

Why was Vinny Guadagnino's Dad Absent from Jersey Shore?

In 2013, Vinny Guadagnino was involved with the Jersey Shore spinoff talk show titled The Show with Vinny.

The show was filmed in his Staten Island home featuring the likes of Mark Wahlberg, 

While promoting the short-lived talk show set in his Staten Island home, Guadagnino talked in-depth with NY Daily News

In the conversation, the television personality talked about his family members and their experience in Jersey Shore.

While bits and pieces of stories related to his mother and his uncle were shared by Guadagnino, he also touched upon his father's presence in his life.

When asked about his father's whereabouts, Guadagnino said that his dad lived downstairs in the same old house which was shown in Jersey Shore. 

"He just never really got involved," the television personality said during his explanation.

If you didn't know, he and his family lived in the house, including his father, mother, and sisters, until he purchased a new home nearby for his mother and sisters. He used to live in the same floor as his mom and sisters in the old house.

"This is still my stuff. These aren't props. But I upgraded my house for me and my family, and it's just right down the road. But we never had time to even move out," he shared about his new house.

Despite purchasing a new house, Guadahnino regards his old house as his home. He shared,

This will always be our house. It's like having two homes. But I wanted to make sure we had something nicer." Guadagnino's bedroom is still intact at the old house. There's a framed shot of the 'Shore' cast on the wall, and his diploma from the College of Staten Island. There's also a sneaker rack, clothes piled on plastic shelves, and a bulldog statue with a cracked tail in a corner.


In the same conversation, Guadagnino revealed that his parents were separated.

Despite not showing up publicly, his father remained in touch with his family members, claimed the Shore star.

He also mentioned that his parents' long ongoing differences meant he grew up among women, including his mother and sisters. 

Because of his father's absence for a greater part of his upbringing, Guadagnino developed a strong bond with his mother, who was instrumental in him being a compassionate and family-oriented person. 

“My mother and father are separated, but we all get along and everything. But I grew up pretty much with my mom and my sisters — all women,” he said. 

Fans of the Jersey Show were amazed to know how his mother compassionately cooked, cleaned, and cared for her son.  

With a big heart, he has also forgiven his dad for not being closer to him in his childhood and has taken it upon himself to look after the whole family, including the patriarch.  

He has two sisters named Antonella and Mariann, respectively. On the other hand, his mom, Paola, told the news agency that her kids had given her permission to find a date for herself.

However, she cited how fame resulted in a personal failure for herself in seeking a perfect match.

In the report, she is quoted saying,

I can't even do the because now people recognize me.  

Vinny Guadagnino's Uncle Nino

Guadagnino's uncle, Uncle Nino's actual name is Antonio Giaimo. 

Passionate fans of the show noted his uncle Nino being a lighthearted individual who knows how to party and set the mood.


In the NY Daily News article, he was characterized as a loud-mouth, cigar-smoking, no-filter Nino.

As per the show's format, many celebrities often visited during the show's shooting.

And if Guadagnino's words are considered, his uncle has no idea who the visiting celebrities are.

He recalled one funny incident when singer Ciara made her appearance in the show. 

Upon noticing the singer, Uncle Nino made his moves and asked her, "What do you do?"

Guadagnino promptly told Ciara that his uncle is "from another planet," referring to his lack of knowledge of the entertainment industry.