Following the events of the season 2 finale, is Gus Caleb Smyrnios leaving Floribama Shore for good? That seemed to be something suggested by the episodes that you saw tonight.
Yet, in the end, it doesn’t appear as though even Gus has much in the way of a firm answer even now. In a new post on Instagram (see below), he makes it clear that there are some things that he needs to attend to outside the show — namely, his own mental health and the relationship he has with his family — before he can figure out if he wants to come back or not. We applaud him for taking the time to really think this through, given that reality television is the sort of thing that can have a dramatic impact on one’s life. What you say about your life on TV inevitably impacts other people, and viewers also have a perception of you based on some fairly-short soundbites.
Technically, Floribama Shore has not even been renewed yet for a third season (we firmly expect it to be), so there may be a little bit of time still for Gus to figure this out. It’s not the sort of thing that you can just figure out and determine overnight, and he may have also been waited for the finale to air before he can really see everything clearly. After all, that’s when the complete package of episodes has aired and the reactions to them are all out there.
Moving forward, the question for Gus may be the same one that many reality TV personalities wonder — how much of yourself do you put out there? It’s the thing that makes you famous, but it’s also the thing that can cause some pain. You aren’t fully in control of what makes the screen; you are in control of your own actions and that’s about it.
Do you want to see Gus return to Floribama Shore, provided that there is another season of the show that happens? Be sure to share right now in the comments. (Photo: MTV.)
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Man, what an incredible journey. The experiences I’ve had and the people that I’ve met from @floribamashore is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am forever grateful. Them picking me for the show literally got me out of a situation of being homeless and that is something I’ll never be able to repay. But unfortunately for me, I was a little bit to open about my real life on the show which caused me so much stress and grief from my hometown and my family. My family and I were just getting back on good terms when I went on tv and told my past with them. All I’ve ever wanted is for the people I’m actually close to to be proud of me. Idk maybe I should have been more hush about it. And so some of the decisions I was making on the show I knew they were going to be appalled and embarrassed of me. I mean hell I was a saint in season 1 and still got a ton of backlash. For whatever reason I let my drama and stress from back home follow me into the beach house and I couldn’t separate it and for that I’m sorry I know that’s not what the viewers wanted. I wasn’t searching for pity, I wasn’t begging for attention, I was simply explaining to people that I called family and that I lived with why I am so hurt. I was 100% real with how I felt at ALL times. Since filming has ended I’ve been working on not being such a people pleaser and to take care of myself first. I love all of y’all from the cast, to production, to the fans who actually have my back, but before I can decide if I come back… I have to make sure my mental health and my family relationship is ok. Just know whatever that decision is it is because it’s best for ME. So thank you for everyone who’s shown me support along the way, Floribama will always have a special place in my heart. Much love from Gussy and to the Shore ❤️ #mtvfloribamashore