Snooki, who starred in Jersey Shore since the premiere in 2009, announced the news during an episode of her podcast It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey.
“So here comes my breaking news, you guys,” Snooki said. “There’s reasons why I’ve come to this decision…it’s definitely a hard decision…I’m gonna throw up.”
“OK, you guys, I love you so much and don’t hate me for my decision, but I have to do what’s best for me at the moment, and I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” Snooki told her listeners.
“I am not coming back to Jersey Shore (Family Vacation) for a Season Four, if there is one,” Snooki continued. “And there’s a lot of reasons why, but the main reason is really, I’m just like…I just can’t do it anymore.”
The 32-year-old reality star said that one of the main reasons she will not be returning to the series is because she wants to spend her time with her children, Lorenzo, 7, Giovanna, 5, and Angelo James, 6 months.
“The main reason is really … I just can’t do it anymore. Literally, leaving my kids to film it is really, really hard on me,” she said.
Snooki said she tries to quit “every single day.”
“I quit every time we film because I just hate being away from the kids,” she said. “I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore.”
Snooki continued: “I want to be home with the kids. I don’t mind here and there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard for me to leave the kids and film the show.”
The mother of three said that she wants to be shown as a “good person” on Jersey Shore Family Vacation but “lately” it’s been “so dramatic.”
“I just don’t like the turnout of it and I don’t like the person I’m being portrayed as. This is getting a little too much. At 32 years old and with three kids, if I’m doing a reality show I just want it to be fun and light-hearted, and lately, it’s not like that and the show is getting so dramatic,” Snooki said.
“Our show, Jersey Shore, is about family and about making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing, and just knowing that it’s all in good fun,” Snooki explained to her listeners. “And lately, it’s just like, everything is so serious, and when it comes to our show it’s not about like, team this, team that, and fans are against one another when it comes to a cast member.”
“That’s just not how the show works and that’s how it’s becoming,” she added.
Snooki also revealed that she and her children have been receiving “death threats.”
She did leave her fans with hope that she would return to reality TV — just not Jersey Shore.
“I’m not saying goodbye,” she said. “I just need to move on from the show because I don’t like the direction it’s going in when it comes to the drama and the cattiness.”
Snooki fans took to Twitter after she announced she wouldn’t be returning to the show if it gets renewed for Season four.