06/27/2011 AT 8:20 AM ET
The kings and queens of fist pumping aren’t going anywhere yet.
Amid rumors that MTV is planning on replacing the cast of Jersey Shore with a newer, cheaper cast, one of the founding fathers of the “Gym. Tan. Laundry” clan isn’t worried.
“I think we’re irreplaceable,” Paul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio told PEOPLE Friday in Las Vegas. “I don’t think they could replace us. They’d just be people trying to be like us, anyway.”
On Friday, MTV denied the Internet reports, with a spokesman saying the network has “no plans to recast the show,” which recently finished filming season 4 in Italy and will begin filming season 5 on Sunday in New Jersey.
Delvecchio, 30, says the Italian season, which premieres Aug. 4, is full of the drama viewers have come to love.
“It’s more of the guys getting into the drama,” he said at the kickoff of his deejaying residency at Palms Casino Resort. “We’re used to it with the girls, but this season it’s a lot of the guys I think it was as much drama as there was in Miami. Yeah, we got ourselves into some crap. Somehow we always end up OK. There was some serious stuff going on there.”
It may be drama that you can find only with the current cast. And Delvecchio is happy to ride the train until it runs out of track.
“I’ll do as many Jersey Shore’s as we can,” he said, “but I know everything doesn’t last forever.”