If you had told me back in 2010 that a post-Jersey Shore Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi would appear on additional reality shows, my money would have been on Celebrity Rehab or some other franchise that reeks of Dr. Drew. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the fist pumping, cahhb cahhlling, Sunday dinner eating, GTL-ing, DTF-ing, Shore Store employees probably more than the average fan, but I didn’t really predict any sort of staying power. Of course, we all know I’m an idiot.

Not only has most of the cast matured and done very well for themselves, Snooki went on to star in a reality spin-off with bestie Jenni “J-Woww” Farley (with another one on the way!). She got married to Jionni LaValle, and the couple has two ridiculously precious children. While she still has a penchant for all things animal print, those giant sneaker slippers (I’m hoping) are a thing of the past. That’s right, guys, our little meatball is all grown up, and she’s embarking on a new reality endeavor for the FYI network. I think this is what is known as “adulting.”


The pint-sized firecracker (and best-selling author…I can’t forget to add that accomplishment) and her husband are now showcasing their talents for renovations and DIY hacks on their new series Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip. Snooki recently visited the ladies of NBC’s New York Live to discuss the natural progression from sloppy party animal to serious tycoon. When asked what prompted the foray into house flipping, Snooki explains, “We built our own house from the blueprints, to the construction, to the designing–so we kind of fell in love with it.”

She adds the Jersey Shore made the most sense when it came to choosing their first investment property. After the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Snooki and Jionni had several friends and family who had lost homes and couldn’t afford to rebuild. She shares, “Why not flip for the first time and help the community out while doing it? So it’s a purpose. We have a purpose for doing it, but it’s also a passion of ours that we love.”

Snooki reveals that she is very hands-on when it comes to their projects, with Jionni doing the construction and her bringing in the design concepts. She also states that the couple is very particular and budget-friendly as everything involved in the flip is done on their dime. As such a savvy business lady, it’s only natural that Snooki is also joining the cast of Celebrity Apprentice. She gushes that she enjoyed being a part of it and made some fabulous friends, including Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kyle Richards. Snooki admits, “It was an awesome experience…I know you’re supposed to go in there and like compete with everyone for your charity to win, but I just made friends with everyone. I was like ‘I love all of you,’ and when it comes time to you know, fire someone or throw people under the bus, it was really hard for me to do that.”

The former Jersey Shore star also adored working with the new host Arnold Schwarzenegger. What, did the Donald get too busy to fire people from his boardroom? When did this happen? And can NBC please get him back stat so he’s preoccupied with the Brandi Glanvilles of the world and not the actual world? I digress, Arnold is the best according to Snooki. She asserts, “Arnold was amazing, he is so sweet! I pictured him to be like a god. You know, it’s like Arnold, the governor, huge actor, he’s Arnold Schwarzenegger! So when we met him, he was so down to earth, he would leave set, smoking a cigar, saying ‘see ya guys…’ he had on blue jeans, he was like so chill. And I was so surprised by that, that it made me love him even more… he’s awesome.”

Sure, he said “see ya guys,” but did he say “Al be bock!”? I am thrilled to see that Snooki has proven staying power in the fickle land of reality television. The transition from juicehead chaser to domestic goddess looks great on the Snooks. I haven’t been this proud of a bad girl gone good since I discovered Tiffani Amber Theissen’s cooking show! Watch Snooki’s entire interview below!


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