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Snooki Is Coming Back to ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ … in Doll Form

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Will Snooki come back to Jersey Shore Family Vacation? Yes, but not in the way fans of might hope! An upcoming episode of the MTV reality series — a reboot of the 2009 show Jersey Shore — will feature a doll version of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

(You might recall that former Jersey Shore star Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola also got a doll doppelgänger, which Snooki and costar Deena Cortese threw into a pool in the reboot’s first season.)

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“I think we can tease that there is [a Snooki doll],” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino said on the Nov. 20 episode of the It’s Happening with Snooki & Joey podcast. “It is pretty funny and hilarious, but we want the real Snooki back.”

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Snooki left ‘Jersey Shore Family Vacation’ after Season 3.

Though her onscreen departure didn’t air until the Jersey Shore Family Vacation Season 3 finale in June 2020, Snooki announced her retirement from the reality franchise six months earlier, saying she was ready for more time with her kids — sons Lorenzo and Angelo and daughter Giovanna — and less reality TV drama.  

“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,” she said on the same podcast at the time. “I hate being away from the kids. I don’t like partying three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore.”

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She went on: “You know, when I leave my kids and I film the show, like, I want to have a good time. And I’m putting myself out there, and I just want to come off as a good person. And lately, on the show, it’s just been very drama. … And so for me, it’s just like, I don’t want that, and I’m not leaving my kids for days on end when that’s the result of it. I just don’t like the turnout of it, and I don’t like the person I’m portrayed as.”

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She has no regrets about her departure from the show.

On the Nov. 20 podcast episode, Mike urged Snooki to return to Jersey Shore Family Vacation. “You are a legend, and I want to put it out there that all legends come out of retirement at least once,” he said. “I will be hopeful, but we did miss you [unbelievably] and we did keep your spirit alive.”

For her part, Snooki said she was excited about Season 4 — but only as a viewer. “I miss everyone filming and even the crew but do I regret my decision? Hell no,” she said.

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Still, her former costars are still crossing their fingers. “We’re still leaving the door open for her return,” Mike recently told E! News. “I’m going to remain positive. I think maybe in the next year, we might see her come back in some capacity. I’m being hopeful, but, at the same time … we’ve known each other for over 10 years, almost 150 episodes of TV, and the dynamic is, to be honest, magic. I think you guys are really going to be happy with what you see.”

New episodes of Jersey Shore Family Vacation air on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV. 

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