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(NBC) -- Say goodbye to Snooki, The Situation, DJ Pauly D, JWoww and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" gang. MTV announced Thursday morning that the reality show will end after season six.

The network will be bidding its hit show farewell by offering what it calls "celebratory" programming beginning on Thursday, Sept. 6. That will include first looks at the final season, a one-hour retrospective and more.

The program debuted in December 2009 and quickly grew in popularity as cameras captured every headline-making fight, hook up, break up, make up and arrest of the hard-partying 20-somethings who share a house together. The show is MTV's highest rated series in its history. The majority of the seasons were filmed in Seaside Heights, N.J., but season two followed the cast's adventures in Miami Beach and season four in Italy.

"Jersey Shore" has spawned two spin-offs: "The Pauly D Project" and "Snooki & JWoww."

The final season of "Jersey Shore" premieres on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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