Snooki 'retiring' from 'Jersey Shore': 'I just can't do it anymore'

Snooki stunned fans on Friday by announcing that she's "retiring" from "Jersey Shore."

The reality star, who is the biggest star to come out of the long-running MTV hit, shared the news on her podcast, "It's Happening with Snooki & Joey," in episode released on Friday.

"I love you so much, and don’t hate me for my decision," the 32-year-old mother of three said. "I am retiring from 'Jersey Shore.' I am not coming back to 'Jersey Shore' for season 4 if there is one."

"The main reason is really … I just can’t do it anymore," she continued. "Literally, leaving my kids to film it is really, really hard on me."

Snooki, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, shares three children -- Lorenzo Dominic, 7, Giovanna Marie, 5, and Angelo James, 6 -- with her husband, Jionni LaValle, who she met on the show's original run.

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HOLLYWOOD, FL - JANUARY 09: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi arrives at Opium at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel on January 9, 2010 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 23: Jersey Shore's Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attends Justin Dior Comb's 16th birthday party at M2 Ultra Lounge on January 23, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
PARAMUS, NJ - AUGUST 13: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi promotes 'A Shore Thing' at Barnes & Noble Paramus on August 13, 2011 in Paramus, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19: Jersey Shore cast Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi arrives at Fox's 'The X Factor' Season Finale Night 1 at CBS Televison City at CBS Studios on December 19, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 10: Television personality Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi appears at the iHip party at the Gallery Nightclub at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 10, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Snooki of Jersey Shore attends the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 24: Jersey Shore's Nicole Elizabeth 'Snooki' Polizzi hosts The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday September 24, 2011 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
BRICK, NJ - JANUARY 13: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi promotes her book 'A Shore Thing' at Barnes & Noble on January 13, 2011 in Brick, New Jersey. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29: TV personality Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attends the 'Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars' event at Catch Rooftop on May 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: TV personality Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi attends Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Big City Moms)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi poses at the Alamo Drafthouse on June 8, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/GC Images)
EAST HANOVER, NJ - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and her fiance Jionni LaValle, pictured with their son Lorenzo LaValle on April 3, 2014 in New Jersey, are expecting their second child. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/NEP/Getty Images)
EAST HANOVER, NJ - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and her fiance Jionni LaValle, pictured with their son Lorenzo LaValle on April 3, 2014 in New Jersey, are expecting their second child. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/NEP/Getty Images)
EAST HANOVER, NJ - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, pictured with her son Lorenzo LaValle on April 3, 2014 in New Jersey, is expecting her second child. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/NEP/Getty Images)
EAST HANOVER, NJ - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Lorenzo Dominic LaValle poses for a photo on April 3, 2014 in New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/NEP/Getty Images)
EAST HANOVER, NJ - APRIL 03: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi and her fiance Jionni LaValle on April 3, 2014 in New Jersey, are expecting their second child. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/NEP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Nicole Polizzi (aka Snooki) is seen on February 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (L) visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 19, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi is seen on February 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi (L)minterviews Chris Harrison for her new tv show at 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on February 19, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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"Jersey Shore" premiered on MTV in December 2009 and subsequently ran for six seasons, before ending in 2012. The show was rebooted in 2018 as "Jersey Shore: Family Vacation," which has aired for three seasons so far.

The show, which has made countless headlines around dramatic stories such as co-star Jenni "JWOWW" Farley's tumultuous divorce and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino's prison sentence for tax evasion, has certainly evolved over the years, and Polizzi said that she didn't love where it was going.

"I’m not saying goodbye," she said of reality TV in general. "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."

She added that the show has "been very drama," "serious" and become "not something I signed up for."

"For me, I don’t want that and I’m not leaving my kids days on end to film this show when that’s the result of it," Snooki said. "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."

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