‘Jersey Shore’: Is Snooki Leaving the Show Because of Angelina Pivarnick?

After years of living it up at the Jersey Shore, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi announced that she was hanging up her party girl hat and leaving the show for good. Snooki has been a central part of the Jersey Shore and Jersey Shore: Family Vacation shows. She even scored her own spin-off with Jenni ‘JWoww’ Farley, Snooki & JWoww. So something big must have happened to get this guidette to walk away from the franchise.

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Why did Snooki say that she was leaving ‘Jersey Shore’?

On Dec. 6, Snooki took to her podcast, It’s Happening with Snooki and Joey, to announce that she was done with the franchise.

“I am retiring from Jersey Shore,” she said. “The main reason is really….I just can’t do it anymore. Literally, leaving my kids to film it is really hard on me. I try and quit every single day. I just hate being away from the kids. I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. I want to be home with the kid. It’s just really hard for me to leave the kids and film the show.”

For the mother of three, the show has gone from being fun to a big stressor.

“Our show, Jersey Shore, is about family and making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing and just knowing that it’s all in good fun. Lately, everything is so serious,” she continued. “It’s not about a team anymore. Fans are against one another when it comes to a cast member. I don’t want that. I’m not leaving my kids for DAYS on end to film this show when that’s the result of it. I don’t like the turnout of it. I don’t like the person I’m portrayed as. It’s getting to be a little too much.”

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So ultimately, Snooki decided it would be best for her to leave.

“If I’m doing a reality show, I want it to be fun and I want it to be light-hearted and lately it’s not that,” Snooki said. “The show is getting so dramatic. I can’t be part of something like that, especially when I’m leaving my kids and I’m hurting. I just need to do what’s best for me right now.”

What’s the real reason that Snooki left the show?

Though Snooki explained her reasoning for quitting the show, she didn’t spill everything.

“Nicole felt the show was heading in a direction that she wasn’t happy with so she left the show…She did not like how everything played out after Angelina [Pivarnick’s] wedding and feels she’s being painted unfairly,” a source told HollywoodLife.

A lot of the drama this season centered around Pivarnick, Snooki, and JWoww. Pivarnick has even claimed that Snooki and JWoww’s speeches ruined her wedding day.

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“[Snooki] feels awful and never tried to ruin her day,” the source continued.

But the issues between her and Pivarnick have affected more than just their friendship. Since all of the drama aired, Snooki claimed on her podcast that she and her family have been receiving death threats and that fans have been saying that they are boycotting her clothing and makeup store, The Snooki Shop.