'Jersey Shore's' Snooki Moves New Year's Eve Ball Drop to New Jersey
The news comes a day after the reality star and MTV were denied a request to perform the stunt in New York's Times Square.
A day after being denied a New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square, Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will now take the stunt to Seaside Heights, N.J.
The reality star is set to be placed inside a ball that will drop as the clock ticks down to midnight. It will air as part of MTV's New Year's Eve coverage Friday.
“We love our Times Square home, and while we're disappointed there won't be a Snooki ball drop there, she cannot be denied!" MTV said in a statement Thursday. "So we're taking a road trip to the place where it all began, Seaside Heights, and droppin' it all there."
Seaside Heights is the setting for Season 1 and the upcoming third season of Jersey Shore. It also was where Polizzi was arrested earlier this year for disorderly conduct.
Polizzi and MTV's request for the New York ball drop was denied Wednesday by the co-producers of Times Square New Year's Eve, who told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement that the request "came too late and was too impractical to fit in to our outdoor events."
MTV's New Year's Eve special will be hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings and feature a performance by hip-hop artist Flo Rida as well appearances by other Jersey Shore cast members, among others.
Kathy Griffin, who will host a New Year's Eve countdown with Anderson Cooper admitted that Times Square would be a little less festive without the site of Snooki descending on a ball.
"Times Square will go on without her, but she will be missed," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Of course, I just want more to watch us, so I'm glad she's not going to be in Times Square."
"But I wasn't sure how they were going to get her onto that ball anyways. Not that she would feel it, but its all crystals and it would poke holes into her butt."