During the Jersey Shore reunion special last week, the images of Ronnie in a dress also were accompanied by those of another man wearing a bikini and Halloween mask.
Julissa Bermudez, the reunion special's host, made jokes about Ronnie's outfit and asked The Situation: "Who was that tranny? What was up with that?"
"We appreciate GLAAD voicing concern about the Jersey Shore reunion special," MTV said in a statement. "The segment in question was certainly not meant to be insensitive, but in retrospect we realize that it was offensive to some viewers. We sincerely apologize."
MTV plans to edit the footage out of future airings.
"We appreciate the network taking responsibility for the offensive segment," responded Aaron McQuade, a GLAAD official.
This isn't the first time the series has been edited for content. After a preview clip of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi being punched in the face went viral, MTV decided to pull the attack from the next episode because it failed to offer the full context to how severe the assault was.