Jersey Shore cast ‘surprised’ by Snooki’s exit

Reality TV star Snooki

The Jersey Shore cast was “surprised” when they found out Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi had quit the show.

The 32-year-old reality star – who has Giovanna, five, and sons Lorenzo, seven, and Angelo, six months, with husband Jionni LaValle – has decided to bow out of the MTV series after a decade because she can’t bear to be away from her kids any longer – and the news was a shock to her co-stars.

A source told PEOPLE.com: “Production knew that she had been thinking about this so they were not surprised. The most surprised are the cast, but I think they all understand that she is just exhausted and wants to try and do something on her own. I think she just is probably burned out.”

“I don’t like partying three days in a row.”

— Snooki

The brunette beauty announced the news on her ‘It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey’ podcast, and she explained that whilst she “can’t believe [she’s] saying this”, it’s “what is best for [her] at the moment.”

She added: “I love you so much, and don’t hate me for my decision … I am retiring from ‘Jersey Shore’.

“I am not coming back to ‘Jersey Shore’ for season four if there is one.

“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.”

“I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. 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.”