(BURBANK, Calif.) — On Monday’s installment of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jersey Shore star Pauly “DJ Pauly D” Delvecchio talked about his new MTV show The Pauly D Project and the major changes facing two of his Jersey Shore cast mates — Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who is pregnant, and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, who’s currently in rehab for prescription pill addiction.
Regarding Snooki, Pauly admitted he was “shocked” to hear she was with child, something Leno said he found puzzling considering how much sex she apparently has on the show. And although he hasn’t been an onscreen fan for most of Sitch’s antics the last two seasons, Pauly told Leno he wishes Sitch the best.
While recent reports said Sorrentino’s drinking had become a serious situation for the show’s producers, Pauly insisted Mike, “drinks a little bit, he’s like a casual drinker.”
RadarOnline is reporting that it was addiction to “unbelievable amounts” of prescription drugs — including Xanax, Dilaudid, and Ambien — that led to Sitch seeking help.
“Mike was taking about 20-30 pills a day, which easily could have killed him,” a source tells the gossip site. “Mike is very lucky that he didn’t overdose and die, because the amount of prescription drugs was that high and deadly.”
Ultimately, Pauly said of Sitch, “…I hope he gets well, because I wanna film season six with him because he’s my boy.”
The Pauly D Project — about the reality star’s exploding DJ career — airs Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time on MTV.
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