Add Snooki & JWoww to the growing list of “reality” TV shows that are often anything but. In Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi‘s new book, Baby Bumps: From Party Girl To Proud Mama And All The Messy Milestones Along The Way, the MTV vet admits that producers scrambled for a “rewrite” when she revealed her pregnancy prior to filming Season One of her hit show with Jenni “JWoww” Farley, apparently confirming rumors that the show was heavily scripted.
“You should have seen [MTV producers’] faces when I told them I was pregnant!” she writes. “They were like, ‘Get me re-write, ASAP!’ I felt for them. It would be hard to make the show fun … I had to give the producers credit for rolling with the punches.”
Describing the “scenes” that she and producers concocted, Polizzi writes, “Since clubs and bars were out for filming, we had to come up with creative alternatives for funny scenes. Jenni and I filmed in a pet store, in a baby clothing store, at a psychic’s and at the doctor’s office … We managed to cobble together some hilarious and intense moments.”
When the show premiered, however, it was slammed by critics for being “painfully scripted,” and one entertainment website claimed to have obtained a document outlining potential story lines for the season, slamming them as “dumbed-down.”
Does Snooki & JWoww seem like real-life to you or do you think producers have a hand in the show’s reality, as Snooki seems to suggest? Let us know in the comments!