(NEW YORK) — The New York Post reports Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is expecting her first child.
Despite her denials earlier this month, Snooki, 24, is reported to be “roughly a few months along” with a baby fathered by boyfriend Jionni LaVal.
Snooki reportedly wanted to delay announcing her condition until she snagged an exclusive deal with a celebrity magazine. The Post reports Snooki has done just that, inking a deal with Us Weekly, and is now aiming to, “bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming ‘the next Kourtney Kardashian.'”
On Feb. 2, in interviews on both Good Morning America and Live! with Kelly, Snooki denied being with child.
During her Live! with Kelly appearance, Snooki suspiciously skipped a stunt that had Kelly Ripa and Jersey Shore pal Jennifer “JWoww” Farley popping balloons between them by smashing their tummies together.
Officially, MTV is still remaining mum, but according to the Post, the news panicked MTV execs because a pregnancy means sweeping changes in the already in-production Jersey Shore spin-off that stars Snooki and JWoww.
Regarding the pregnancy, a source tells the Post that “[MTV is] trying to hide it because it would greatly affect the creative direction of the show.” Polizzi’s rep has declined to comment on the report.
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Lisa Respers France and Brian Stelter, CNN
Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com