‘Jersey Shore’: Nicole Polizzi Shares How She Realized She Needed to Retire from the Show

The cast of Jersey Shore is making a big change. That’s because Nicole Polizzi has decided to not return if there is a fourth season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

She has been talking about the reason for her decision. Polizzi recently revealed what made her realize that she had to quit. Find out what it is and more about the reason she won’t be returning.

Nicole Polizzi announced she retired from ‘Jersey Shore’

Nicole Polizzi visits SiriusXM Studios
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Polizzi made a big career announcement on her podcast, It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey. She will no longer be on the show for an important reason.

“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,” she announced. “I am not coming back to Jersey Shore [Family Vacation] for a season 4, if there is one. 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 mother talked about her family being the reason for this decision. “I 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. And I wanna be home with the kids. You know, like, I don’t mind here and there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard on me to leave the kids and film the show.”

Some of the stars reportedly were surprised by her announcement

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The Jersey Shore cast is pretty close. However, not everyone was clued into the fact that Polizzi will be quitting the show.

“Nicole did not tell all her Jersey Shore castmates that she was retiring before she made the announcement,” a source told Us Weekly. “It came as a surprise to more than one of them.”

It’s still unclear which stars were shocked by the news. Most of them have yet to make a public reaction to the big news.

She said she was forcing herself to be happy

Polizzi talked about when she realized she needed to walk away from the show. She realized she was doing something that wasn’t normal for her.

“I think when I was, like, actually forcing myself to be in a situation that I wasn’t happy in. Like, I was forcing myself to be ‘happy,’ and I’m like, ‘That’s not me.’ I’m not genuinely happy,” Polizzi said on The Mel Robbins Show. “That’s when I’m like, ‘I’m out.’”

The reality star said it was still hard to follow through with her decision. “It was really hard, but I had to think about my happiness and where I really wanted myself to be, and it’s being a mom and being [with my] kids and not drama and drinking … and drama,” she said.

Fans will have to wait and see what life is going to be like for Polizzi after leaving the show. She seems to be looking forward to spending more time with her kids.