Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is known for her New Jersey roots but could she be joining Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, and the rest of the ladies on The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
Amid production on the upcoming 11th season of rumors of Snooki’s potential addition to the cast have been reignited due to a series of recent photos shared of the former Jersey Shore star enjoying time on the water at Barnegat Bay at the same time as the ladies of the Bravo reality series.
Earlier this month, the Asbury Park Press revealed that Snooki tagged herself in the beach town as her fellow New Jersey reality stars, Teresa and Melissa, joined their cast mates, Jennifer Aydin and Dolores Catania, for a boat day.
According to the report, the ladies of The Real Housewives of New Jersey were spotted at the La Mondina restaurant in Brielle, which is just north of the Barnegat Bay, days before their water adventure and, at the time, they were said to be filming scenes for the show.
“They ordered a ton of food like they always do, meatballs, pork chops, streaks, a bunch of stuff,” said La Mondina owner Carmine DeRosa IV, who is a friend of Melissa and her husband, Joe Gorga. “They were here for a while, pretty much the whole night.”
While the Bravolebrities have been know to have quite the crew with them during filming sessions, especially ones in public areas, Carmine said that the rest of his diners were “pretty cool” with the cast being there.
“(The other diners) were excited to see that there was some action going on,” he explained.
The APP report also noted that the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey has seemingly made a habit of filming in the area and noted that the ladies were also seen with a camera crew last summer at the Waypoint 622 restaurant and the Waterman’s Tavern.
As for where Snooki fits into all of this, it is unclear if she does at all. In fact, while she was confirmed to be in the area of production last weekend, she was not photographed with any of the women of the show and didn’t appear to spend any time with them, despite their close proximity to one another.
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Has Been Facing ‘RHONJ’ Rumors for Years
Ever since establishing herself as one of the most famous, or perhaps infamous, New Jersey natives on MTV’s Jersey Shore, Snooki has been linked to the cast of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Way back in 2015, three years after Jersey Shore came to an end and three years prior to the launch of the series’ reboot, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, Snooki was accused of “begging” for a role on the Bravo cast.
At the time, Snooki quickly shot down the reports on Twitter, telling her fans and followers, “I’m NOT trying to get on [RHONJ] like magazines are stating.”
She then took to her personal blog, via OK! Magazine, and said that she didn’t want to be a part of the Real Housewives franchise.
“Remember when we were talking about the [Real Housewives] and what my tag line would be? Well everybody thought that I was going to join The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” she wrote. “It is in the freaking magazines and no it’s not true, it’s not happening. I don’t want to be a damn housewife. That’s not what I want to do with my life.”
According to Snooki, she had never heard from Bravo about a potential role on the series and didn’t think Andy Cohen had any interest in bringing her on.
“Andy made it clear on his twitter saying, ‘She ain’t joining’ like he doesn’t like me or something and the article was saying I was begging Bravo to be on the show. My f*cking a** I was begging anybody,” she continued. “I do not want to be a housewife. Like who makes this sh*t up? I really don’t get it!”
While Andy never came right out and said that he wouldn’t want Snooki to be included, he did seem to shade her by saying “she ain’t joining” after being approached about the idea on Twitter. Luckily, Snooki didn’t seem to have hurt feelings as a result of the post and offered her own message in response.
“You can say that again,” she tweeted to Andy.
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Has Ties to the ‘RHONJ’ Cast
Months after she was first linked to the show, Snooki rebooted the rumors of a future role on the series by appearing in a photo shared by Melissa Gorga on Instagram. In the image, Melissa and Snooki were seen posing alongside Tracy Lynn Johnson, who was rumored to be joining the cast at the time.
“Having a liquid lunch with these two jersey girls… [Snooki and Tracy]. They are next door neighbors!” Melissa wrote in the caption of her post.
Snooki also shared a photo on her Instagram page at the time which featured her and the ladies enjoying a lunch date with their friend.
Following the reboot of the Real Housewives of New Jersey rumors, Snooki was forced to shut down the reports for a second time and did so during an interview with Entertainment Tonight in October 2015.
“Nope. Never. I would be honest and say yeah, but no,” Snooki said. “I think it’s just because I’ve hung out with Melissa [Gorga] a little bit. If you hang out with a housewife, you’re automatically a part of the show. But, no.”
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi Said She Was Too Young for ‘RHONJ’ in 2015
Snooki also pointed out that when it comes to potentially joining the many women of the series, she believes she wouldn’t fit in due to her age.
“I’m only 27,” she shared. “I have other things going on. I feel like, if I’m a little bit older, I would consider it. But I’m still young.”
Also during the interview, Snooki said that when it came to Teresa’s 11-month stint behind bars, she was “excited” to see the mother of four move forward from her legal hardships.
“I’m excited. I’m rooting for Teresa,” she said. “I think she’s awesome. I’m not really a big fan of [Teresa’s husband] Joe. I’m excited for Teresa to come out.”
Snooki then said that while Joe denied dating other women when Teresa was behind bars, she believed the rumors were true.
“I know people who know him personally,” she explained. “The rumors that usually come out about him are somewhat real. It’s a Jersey thing, we all talk.”
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi is Quite Close to Melissa Gorga
In addition to sharing photos together in 2015, Snooki and Melissa were also seen enjoying each other’s company in June 2017. At that time, the two ladies were spotted on the beach with family members and friends, including Snooki’s children, Lorenzo and Giovanna, and Melissa’s daughter, Antonia.
“What a crew. #Shorelife #LotsOfVodka #WeRanOutOfIce #JesusTakeTheWheel,” Melissa wrote in the caption of a photo shared on Instagram at the time, via Bravo’s The Daily Dish.
As fans of the ladies may know, both Snooki and Melissa own homes at the Jersey Shore and spend tons of time there during the summer.