Nick Hogan is free

Brooke and Nick reunite

Having served 166 days of an 8-month sentence for putting his friend in a permanent vegetative state, Nick Hogan was released this morning at 12:30 AM in Clearwater, Florida. 74 days were shaved off for good behavior. Brooke immediately embraced Nick and raced him back home where he was greeted with a “thumping party, replete with loud music and cops surveying the scene.” No doubt as a way to celebrate the end of five and a half months of being a whiny bitch.

This morning, Linda Hogan released this statement asking for privacy.

“This is our time as a family to come together to support Nick’s adjustment back into the public life keeping it as normal as possible. Neither Nick, nor we as a family, has any interest in making this anything but private. We respect the media’s role and only ask that they respect our privacy.

“Nick went into prison as a juvenile and has experienced something that will mold and affect him for the rest of his adult life. His focus is to make a positive difference in this world, media free. Since his future actions will speak louder than any words, there is no need to speak to the media at this time.”

In order to readjust to normal life, Nick will spend the next year hanging out by the pool at his parents’ house contributing nothing to society until he receives a call from VH1 or MTV to do a reality show about readjusting to normal life. He will accept and then continue to lounge around for another year. But this time with cameras. During this transitional period, John Graziano will still be in the hospital also “lounging” around. See? John doesn’t have it so bad. Apart from that half a skull and unable to move thing.

[Brooke hugs Nick outside of jail. Image via Splash News]