Snooki ball drop rescued on Jersey shore
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fans disappointed that "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will not be placed in a large ball and dropped from a building during MTV's New Year's Eve bash from Times Square can rest easy.
MTV confirmed on Thursday the Snooki ball drop will indeed take place, but at a new location: Seaside Heights, New Jersey, the original setting for the hit reality show.
"We love our Times Square home and while we're disappointed there won't be a Snooki ball drop there, she cannot be denied!" MTV said in a statement. "So we're taking a road trip to the place where it all began, Seaside Heights, and droppin' it all there."
"Jersey Shore" creator Sally Ann Salsano, who has spent two seasons chronicling the reality star's antics on the show, told Reuters "there is no better way to ring in the New Year" than with Snooki.
"She's a party in a box," said Salsano.
MTV originally wanted to drop their ball with the "Jersey Shore" star from their own building in Times Square, but when those plans conflicted with the venerable celebration in the heart of Manhattan, producers took Snooki back to Jersey.
The move was made after backers of the traditional celebration in Times Square objected saying in a statement that the request "came too late and was too impractical to fit in to our outdoor events."
For decades, the Times Square celebration has included a lighted ball is dropping from a building to signify the new year's beginning. Snooki was to have been a new part of the tradition, courtesy of MTV.
Snooki's fans will still be able to watch her drop inside the ball in New Jersey, live on MTV's "New Year's Bash 2011," on December 31, beginning at 10:30 p.m. est.
Comedian Whitney Cummings will host the event, which will feature special appearances by members of the cast of "Jersey Shore" and "Saturday Night Live's" Bobby Moynihan and a musical performance by hip-hop star Flo Rida among others.
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)