The Jersey Shore may be returning to MTV, but there may be one, big, 鈥淪weetheart鈥-sized hole to fill in the cast. The network made the announcement that seven of the show鈥檚 eight beloved shore-goers would be coming back in 2018 for Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, but Sammi 鈥淪weetheart鈥 Giancola was not listed among them. Now, Nicole 鈥淪nooki鈥 LaValle has offered fans some insight for her absence on her podcast, It鈥檚 Happening With Snooki and Joey, and the reason isn鈥檛 all that surprising.

As fans of the show will likely recall, Giancola was involved in a tumultuous, on-and-off with castmate Ronnie Ortiz-Magro for much of the series鈥 four-year-reign. The duo called it quits for good in 2014, going their separate ways in both their personal and professional endeavors 鈥 Ortiz-Magro has been absent for most of the show鈥檚 revival projects, including the cast鈥檚 recent Burger King commercial and E! reunion special.

While LaValle said she won鈥檛 speak for her friend, she did note that Giancola, 30, 鈥渋s just in such a happy place I feel like she doesn鈥檛 want to jump back into that drama, if it does happen.鈥

As her co-host, Joey Camasta revealed, she also has someone new in her life. 鈥淪he has a great relationship right now, and she she鈥檚 really happy.鈥

鈥淔ilming the show, Jersey Shore back then, it was so鈥 it was crazy. It took a toll on you, it鈥檚 very emotional, and being that, there was a lot of Ron and Sam drama when we did film and it was really hard on both of them,鈥 the reality alum agreed. 鈥淚 just think she doesn鈥檛 want that anymore.鈥

Still, LaValle, now a mother of two, says all hope may not be lost, with the rest of her friends urging their crew鈥檚 resident sweetheart to join them with promises that things will be different this time around. 鈥淚t鈥檚 really up to her, but um, yeah, hopefully 鈥 everyone pray that Sammi comes back, cause I feel like she might change her mind,鈥 she urged, adding, 鈥淪am! If you鈥檙e listening 鈥 come to the show. Like, stop鈥 stop it. Stop it right now before I spank you.鈥 (Who could argue with that?)

While we would definitely understand if she made the choice not to rejoin the cast, we鈥檒l be keeping our fingers crossed things WILL different this time around and that she鈥檒l change of heart.

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