March 12, 2023 | 11:15 a.m.
She is still the sweetest female dog you will ever meet.
More than 10 years after leaving the original series, Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola has reunited with her castmates to film ‘Jersey Shore: Family Vacation’, MTV announced on Saturday.
The network revealed the news via social media by sharing a photo of the reality star sitting in a chair with a boom mic and a camera in the frame, apparently filming a confessional.
Giancola, 35, also confirmed the exciting comeback by reposting the same photo on his Instagram and Twitter stories.
Fans were quick to express their thoughts on the reality star’s highly anticipated return to social media, writing things like “I’m gonna lose my fucking mind ddddd!!!!!!! “, “OMG STAHP” and “This is so f-kin iconic.
It’s been over a decade since ‘Jersey Shore’ fans saw Giancola make an appearance on the show. She starred in the original series with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Pauly “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio, Angelina Pivarnick, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, and Deena Nicole Cortese.
The show ran from 2009 to 2012 until MTV rebooted it in 2018 – without Giancola – as “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation”.
Giancola’s ex Ortiz-Magro had previously been featured on the new series, but announced he was taking a break in May 2021 amid mental health and legal issues.
“After speaking to the MTV team, we mutually agreed that I would step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I had ignored for far too long,” Ortiz-Magro, who celebrated a year of sobriety last August, wrote in a statement on his Instagram Story at the time.
“My number one goal now is to deal with my struggles. This process will be difficult, but my number one priority is to get my health back and be the best man and father I can be for my daughter (Ariana Sky).
According to some actors, they’ve wanted Giancola back for years.
“We tried to get her back two years ago, we all texted her saying, ‘Come for some dinner. Why not?'” Polizzi, 35, explained to E! News in September 2022. “And she’s always like, ‘No, I’m never doing this show again.’ We didn’t want to push him.
Polizzi added that she “went to message” Giancola again – only to find out she’d been blocked.
“I don’t know what I did. It’s a shame because we would love for her to come back,” she said. “She is part of the show. I feel like it’s not full unless we’re all there. It’s sad.”
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Giancola previously explained why she didn’t want to return for “Family Vacation” via Instagram in March 2018.
“I am currently extremely happy in all aspects of my life and want to avoid potentially toxic situations,” she wrote in part at the time, apparently referring to her former relationship with Ortiz-Magro, 37.
“It was a tough decision because I love my roommates. I decided to focus on myself, my future and what really makes me happy.
“Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on MTV.