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‘It took a village’ to get the Situation into rehab, source says

“It took village” get Mike Sorrentino from “The Jersey Shore” inrehab.

“It took a village” to get Mike Sorrentino from the “The Jersey Shore” into rehab.

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Updated: April 23, 2012 11:36AM

Apparently, getting Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino to check himself into rehab was no easy task.

A source close to the Situation’s situation paraphrased the old Hillary Clinton book title, saying “it took a village” of Sorrentino’s friends, fellow “Jersey Shore” castmates and family members to convince the reality show star of the depth of his alcohol addiction problems.

“He has been out of control for a long time and has been saying some really bizarre stuff for months,” added the associate. “He thought everyone was out to get him, and he’d say things that made no sense. Really nutso.”

As noted by TMZ, the TV personality’s “paranoid” behavior was evident in a number of season five episodes that already have aired on MTV.

While the network is supportive of Sorrentino getting help, I’ve learned MTV is very insistent he be in decent shape before he will be allowed to join his fellow “Jersey Shore” castmates for the upcoming season six.

FASHIONABLE FLING: Looks like Katy Perry’s doing just fine with her rebound romance, post- Russell Brand. According to a Perry source, the sexy singer is having a nice, relaxing “no-commitment-necessary” relationship with handsome, 22-year-old Baptiste Giabiconi. The Chanel model is considered the “muse” for the couture house’s designer Karl Lagerfeld — one reason Giabiconi has risen to be one of the highest-paid male models in the world.

A Chanel insider does say Lagerfeld is a Perry fan but apparently a wee bit jealous of her, now that she’s taking up so much of Giabiconi’s time.

“[Karl’s] very territorial when it comes to people close to him. ... This is something he had not seen coming.”

BABY BUMP? Though Reese Witherspoon’s team is keeping mum, several friends of the Oscar winner confirm various media reports claiming the actress is expecting her third child — her first with new husband and top Hollywood agent Jim Toth. Thought to be about 12 weeks along, Witherspoon already is the mother of

Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8, the children from her first marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe.

AWARD ACTION: Cabaret and Broadway legend Barbara Cook, a recipient of the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor last December, will be presented the Sarah Siddons Award, Chicago’s oldest theatrical honor, at the Sarah Siddons Society gala July 16 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.

Cook also will appear at Ravinia the day before.

TAKE A BOW: Congrats to Chicago native Chris Sullivan for his film “Consuming Spirits” being one of a handful chosen from the nearly 6,000 submissions for next month’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The festival was co-founded by Robert De Niro to help re-invigorate the Big Apple’s downtown neighborhood following the 9/11 attacks.

Chicago filmmaker and author Dan Dinello will celebrate his retirement from Columbia College Chicago with a retrospective screening of several of his award-winning shorts and clips — featuring such famous folks as Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and Barack Obama — beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at Columbia’s Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash. The event is free.

TRUE COLORS: Grammy winner Cyndi Lauper will be the focus of what WE tv is calling a new “docu-soap,” 12 half-hour shows all about the music icon — produced by reality TV guru Mark Burnett. Taping of “Cyndi” will begin in New York in April, but since Lauper will be spending a lot of time in Chicago in the coming months working on her new “Kinky Boots” musical, it’s not out of the question the “Cyndi” cameras could follow her here as well.

SEEN ON THE SCENE: New restaurant hotspot Nellcote sure is snaring the stars. Recent sightings have included Victoria Secret’s hottie and Leonardo DiCaprio galpal Erin Heatherton, Zach Knighton of “Happy Endings,” and the English indie rockers Arctic Monkeys. Rosie O’Donnell Chicago sightings will end soon, but she did celebrate her 50th at Studio Paris.

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