Snooki Explains Why Sammi Isn’t Returning for ‘Jersey Shore’ Revival
There’s a good reason why Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola is the only holdout on MTV’s Jersey Shore revival.
While much of the original cast is slated to return for Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi believes her former co-star is sitting out on the reunion because of all the drama between the reality star and her ex-boyfriend, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.
“Everyone’s asking why Sammi’s not doing it. You have to ask her that — I’m not gonna speak for her,” Snooki, now a 30-year-old mom-of-two, said on a recent episode of her podcast, It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey. “But Sammi is just in such a happy place that I feel like she doesn’t want to jump back into that drama if it does happen. And being that there was a lot of Ron and Sam drama when we did film, it was just really hard on both of them. So I just think she doesn’t want that anymore.”
As loyal fans know, Sammi started dating Ron after meeting on the set of the Seaside Heights-based show in 2009. The tumultuous couple’s ups and downs — including their volatile fights and a cheating scandal that led to a brief fallout with Jenni “J-Woww” Farley — were documented over the course of the series’ run until they officially called it quits in 2014.
Since then, they have avoided each other at any get-togethers involving the cast. When the group reconnected for E!’s Reunion Road Trip, Ron declined to participate. They missed an opportunity for a face-to-face confrontation again this fall when Ron was a no-show at Deena Nicole Cortese’s wedding. DJ Pauly D, Vinny Guadagnino, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino were also in attendance along with the rest of the Jersey Shore gang, but Ron nowhere to be found.
When asked by the group about their icy relationship earlier this year, Sammi, 30, bluntly replied, “That door is closed and will remain shut for a long time.”
All the Drama
Still, Snooki is hopeful Sammi will show up and make amends with her ex as thing are “gonna be different” this time around.
“We’re all begging her to come back on the show. It’s really up to her,” she shared on her podcast. “Everyone pray that Sammi comes back, because I feel like she might change her mind. So Sam, if you’re listening, come to the show. Like, stop being — stop it. Stop it right now before I spank you, Samantha!”
“I would never want to move into a house with my ex-boyfriend,” her co-host, Joey Camasta, reasoned.
“I mean, it depends how the situation is. With them, they have history. So I get it, but at the same time, you don’t pass this up, you know? So we’re trying to tell her that, but we can’t force her to come,” Snooki explained. “So hopefully she changes her mind.”