MEREDITH VIEIRA, co-host:
We are back at 7:50. Bad behavior has meant big ratings for
's hit show "
," but the antics of one of the most popular cast members,
, landed her in court on Wednesday.
has the details.
, good morning to you.
JEFF ROSSEN reporting:
Hey, Meredith. You just like saying
, I can tell the way you said it.
Well, she was arrested back in July. She was drinking, where else, on the
, and then she stumbled into people. Wednesday, just before the judge sentenced her, he gave her a verbal smackdown, calling
wannabe. On "
" Nicole "
, let's it all hang out.
But in court Wednesday, she buttoned up, armed with her designer handbag and her lawyer,
in late July. While taping the show "
," she was drunk on the beach, yelling and stumbling onto people.
Ms. NICOLE POLIZZI:
I would definitely like to apologize to the
cops. When I saw what happened and everyone told me what happened, very embarrassed. This is not like me. I've never been in this situation before, so I definitely would like to apologize to anybody that I hurt.
Judge DAMIAN MURRAY:
I have concerns about how much of this episode was scripted by your show. I mean, if this was scripted, only you can determine if it's worth trading your dignity for a paycheck.
It was not scripted, sir.
was just getting started, getting even more harsh.
You seem to be acting like a
wannabe in this matter. Going through life rude, profane, obnoxious and self-indulgent, it's not the way you want to live your life.
stood there and took it. Her lawyer jumped to her defense, saying she's lived a good life, with a love of animals and charity work.
Mr. RAYMOND RAYA (Nicole "Snookie" Polizzi's Attorney):
This was a
. I think we all have those days
from time to time
In a plea deal with prosecutors,
slipped away without jail time. She plead guilty to a local ordinance called "interfering with the enjoyment of the quiet use of the beach by others." Her punishment? A $500 fine and two days of community service, with one day already served at a nearby zoo.
, forced to give back to the town that made her famous. As part of that plea deal, the other charges were dropped. By the way,
, late last night,
weighed in telling us she's disappointed in what the judge said about her daughter.