Jersey Shore cast
The hit reality show made cast member's including Snooki (3rd left) and The situation (3rd right) household names. Reuters

Jersey Shore has been officially cancelled after six seasons on air, MTV has confirmed.

Fans will be disappointed to learn that the hit reality show will come to an end after the next series, which starts on 4 October in the US.

Since its December 2009 debut, the show, which follows a group of young Italian-Americans living on the New Jersey coast, has become a pop culture phenomenon.

Known for its wild cast members and turbulent relationships, it helped launch the careers of reality stars including Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino.

Polizzi and Jenni 'Jwoww' Farley were able to land their own spin-off show and Sorrentino is currently appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.

Following the announcement, cast members headed to Twitter to express their sadness and reflect on their time on the show.

Snooki said: "Yes, sadly it's true. This upcoming season of Jersey Shore will be our last. But it was fricken INSANE. I will always love my roomies!"

Meanwhile Sammi 'Sweetheart' Giancola wrote: "It's been one hell of a ride but this is just the beginning! Thank you all for your love & support throughout the seasons!! These memories will never be forgotten!!"

US fans will be able see footage from the final season next Thursday (6 September), ahead of MTV's annual Video Music Awards.