If Jersey Shore: Family Vacation returns for a fourth season, it will be without one of its most iconic stars.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has revealed she is "retiring" from the MTV reality series.
“I have to do what’s best for me at the moment, and I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” she said on the Dec. 6 episode of the It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey podcast.
“I am not coming back to [Jersey Shore Family Vacation] for a Season 4 if there is one."
“When I leave my kids and I film the show, I want to have a good time, and I’m putting myself out there and I just want to come off as a good person,” she continued.
“And lately on the show, it’s just been very [dramatic].”
She went on to say she is not happy with the “direction” of the show, or the way viewers have turned against certain, unnamed costars.
“That’s just not how the show works, and that’s how it’s becoming,” the reality star claimed.
“I don’t want that… and I don’t like the person I’m being portrayed as, and this is getting [to be] a little too much.”
On top of that, Snooki says that she and her family have received death threats.
“I’m getting death threats with the kids and my store,” she said.
Being on TV is one thing, but when people are coming for your family with threats, that's a concern.
It's easy to understand why Snooki would want to retire if she feels like her family is at risk.
“People want to picket it, and they want to boycott it and [are] leaving reviews that I have bugs in my store."
"It’s just a lot, and it’s not something that I signed up for with this show… I need to exit myself from the situation. I don’t like the narrative of anything. So I’m removing myself.”
With that said, Snooki claims there are “no hard feelings when it comes to the production” or the network. “I love MTV, that’s my family,” she said.
“They’re going to be my family forever. Hopefully I can work with them more.”
There was recently backlash towards the MTV star as well as her co-stars Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and Deena Cortese for allegedly roasting Angelina Pivarnick during her wedding.
Footage of the above event came to light, and it did not go down well on social media. That particular event will air during the second half of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation Season 3.
Jersey Shore launched on MTV in 2009 and was an overnight success. It made stars out of the cast and aired until December 2012.
A revival hit the air in April 2018, and has proven the cast can still bring the drama. It is currently airing its third season, and a fourth has yet to be commissioned.
However, it's difficult to imagine MTV not wanting to continue the franchise. It brings in solid ratings.
Would you watch without Snooki?
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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.