"There's reasons why I came to this decision... It's definitely a hard decision," she admitted, before adding that she's "definitely sure" about leaving the show.
"I love you so much and don't hate me for my decision, but I have to do what's best for me at the moment. And I am retiring from Jersey Shore. I am not coming back to Jersey Shore for season four if there is one," she said.
Snooki went on to attribute her main reason for leaving to her three kids, Lorenzo, 7, and Giovanna, 5, and Angelo, 6 months, with her husband, Jionni LaValle.
"I just can’t do it anymore. Like, literally, leaving my kids to film it is really, really hard on me... I try and quit every single day. The poor producers are like, 'Dude, are you going to quit this time?'" she said. "I quit every single time we film because I just hate being away from the kids. I don’t like partying, like, three days in a row. It’s just not my life anymore. And I want to be home with the kids. I don't mind a here or there going to a dinner or whatever, but it’s just really hard for me to leave the kids and film the show. That's one reason."
Another aspect to Snooki's decision is that she's "not comfortable filming that show anymore with the direction it's going."
"When I leave my kids and I film the show, I want to have a good time and I'm putting myself out there and I just want to come off as a good person. And lately on the show it's been very drama," she explained. "Our show, Jersey Shore, is about family and making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing and just knowing that it’s all in good fun. And lately, it's just like everything is so serious."
"And when it comes to our show, it’s not about team this, team that and then fans are against one another when it comes to a cast member. That's just not how the show works and that's how it's becoming," she continued. "So 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. I just don’t like the turnout of it and I don’t like the person I’m portrayed as. This is getting a little too much."
On this past season of Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, there has been a lot of tension between Snooki's bestie JWoww and Angelina Pivarnick. Both Snooki and JWoww served as bridesmaids in Angelina's recent wedding, and things went south. According to an eyewitness, the bridesmaids gave a speech that roasted Angelina while the Jersey Shore cameras were rolling, and Angelina didn't appreciate it.
Snooki added: "And for me at 32-years-old with three kids, if I’m doing a reality show, I want it to be fun and I want it to be light-hearted and just lately it’s not like that and the show is getting so dramatic and drama... That's the whole show now and I just can’t be part of something like that, especially when I’m leaving my kids and I’m hurting to film a show that I'm not comfortable filming when it comes to drama and stuff like that."
Additionally, Snooki revealed that she and her family have received death threats as a result of the show.
"I just need to do what’s best for me right now and right now I'm just not comfortable filming that show anymore with the direction it's going, with all the drama and getting death threats and getting death threats to my children... over this freaking reality show that's not even that serious," she said. "And people take it too seriously to where I'm getting with the kids. And my store, people want to picket it. They want to boycott it and [are] leaving reviews that I have bugs in my store. It's just a lot and it's not something I signed up for with this show."
As for how her castmates took the news, Snooki revealed that they "obviously, are trying to talk me off the ledge," but she's standing firm in her decision.
"The show isn't what it was when it comes to, like, fun and just being silly. Like, it's all drama and team this and team that and death threats and I'm just not about it any more," she said. "I need to exit myself from the situation. I don't like the narrative of anything. I'm removing myself and I love you guys so much. I love my roomies to death. They know that. I'm not going anywhere when it comes to them and them being my family. "
Snooki also assured her fans that she isn't "saying goodbye to reality TV and me working as a reality star anymore or me just going away and hiding like a hermit."
"I just need to move on from this show because I just don't like the direction that it's going in when it comes to the drama and the cattiness. I just can't do it," she summed up. "I love you guys. Do not be made at me. There's going to be a ton more things that I'll probably be working on."
"There's no hard feelings when it comes to the production or MTV," she added.