MTV_JerseyShore_TheSituation2-320.jpgOne member of the “Jersey Shore” cast was conspicuously absent from Sunday’s (Aug. 28) Video Music Awards: Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

Despite being the center of attention in Sunday’s pre-VMA special episode, the Sitch was MIA at the MTV pre-show, while fellow “Shore” castmates Snooki, Deena, Pauly, Vinnie, Ronnie, Sammi and J-WOWW mugged for the cameras.

Could it be he was too embarrassed to show up after we watched him concuss himself on tape? On the latest episode, which aired directly before the VMAs, Sorrentino walked into a wall at the show’s Florence digs, thereby disqualifying himself from a potential fist fight with ‘roided-up roomie Ronnie and ending up in the hospital.

Nah. According to the Sitch’s Twitter account, he was grounded by Hurricane Irene.

“I wish I could be at the VMA’s but all flights were grounded because of the Hurricane,” he tweeted. “Sorry #SituationNation.”

We’re not sure how the other seven castmembers managed to find their way out of Jersey before the storm, but we suggest the Sitch make his travel plans with them from now on.

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson