On tonight’s installment of Snooki & JWoww, America’s favorite meatball finally gives birth to her son, Lorenzo, and, naturally, cameras were there to capture all the details…with a little help from Snooki’s fiancee Jionni. EW talked to executive producer Sally Ann Salsano (Jersey Shore) about being there for the big day and Snooki’s transition to motherhood.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Last time I interviewed Snooki she said she did not want cameras inside the birth? What changed?
SALLY ANN SALSANO: Here’s basically how it went: We went to the hospital with her. She was in labor for 26 hours. I wanted to kill myself.
Did you get emotional?
It was emotional. It’s weird because in a sense they grew up in front of our eyes. It’s that weird feeling. It’s bittersweet. It’s a little crazy. I’ve never been at the hospital with someone as they’re having birth so the first person I’m there with is my child Snooki. I was like a stressed-out grandmother in the lobby.
It’s cute how emotional her father becomes.
It is cute. Everybody was so stressed out, just nervous. She shut the door and we left. All the stuff that you saw during the birth is footage that Jionni shot. They shot it for themselves not for us.
Oh Jionni shot it?
Jionni shot it. We said, “We don’t need that to tell the story. That’s your own personal time.” Then afterwards Snooki was like, “You know what? I want to share it.” We were watching [the birth footage] one day. She was like, “Watch this with me.” I’m like, “There are some things I never need to see. I feel like I’ve seen too much of you to begin with. I wish I could erase some of the memories I have.” She’s like, “No no no. There’s nothing weird.” I was like, “If there’s something weird in there I will kill you.” She’s like, “I promise.” We watched it and I was like, “Okay Snooki why don’t you give it a quick pass and take out anything you don’t want me to have.” And she said, “There’s nothing in here I wouldn’t share.” She rightfully handed over the footage and we edited it into the show. Snooki has always been so open so I think for her it felt weird to actually close off.
Can you believe you’ve seen this little meatball now give birth after like seasons of partying at Karma?
It’s insane but I think it feels more weird to the outside world. That first sit down interview I did with Snooki she was this wide-eyed girl who goes to the Jersey Shore every summer. I’m not saying she didn’t party and do cartwheels in her mini skirt but like went to Jersey Shore really always wanting to meet her husband. She was like, “I wanna marry a Jersey guy. I wanna have my first kid at least by 25.” Actually everything she wanted out of life happened. And America fell in love with her and her dream came true.
Did this inspire maternal feelings in Jenni? Does she wanna have kids now?
Jenni is really maternal and really loves kids but Jenni really loves her abs. How that turns out, I couldn’t tell ya.
Will we see Roger pop the question on camera?
Oh yeah I have the whole thing. He does a total fake out thing where she thinks it’s the night and he does it on purpose and doesn’t pop the question. I thought she was gonna kill herself. Every girl in America is going to be like, “What the f***?” I was howling.
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