March 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM ET
Brace yourself, but according to "Jersey Shore's" Vinny Guadagnino and Deena Nicole Cortese, their party-loving pal Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has really grown up. At least, that's what they told Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on TODAY Wednesday morning, adding that pregnancy and engagement agree with her.
"You can say what you want about her, how she's like a mess, but this is reality. I think that would mature you real quick," said Vinny.
"Everybody sees one side -- like, you've seen my party side, you've seen Nicole's party side," Deena explained. "There are other sides to us that aren't just that. ... She's really happy, she's excited and she hasn't drank. She's stopped smoking. She's doing really good."
Which is good news all around, especially since Kathie Lee's suggestion that the folks at the "Shore" start a Bible study every morning was shot down.
"We can't have any books!" Deena said, referring to the setup for "Shore." "We don't have anything. All we have really is each other."
That may be one of the reasons why Deena so readily ran to Vinny's aid when he briefly left the show earlier this season due to anxiety. (Most of the cast showed up at his home and all but dragged him back to Jersey.)
"I was just set off that week," he explained, "and unfortunately that's when they were filming, and there's no escape. ... I was just anxious because we filmed in Italy for two months, and then we were told we were going right to Jersey. So I hadn't slept in like weeks and I was drinking every day. For me, a trigger gets set up in my mind where I just turn into a miserable, different person."
With Vinny back on board and Snooki with baby on board, "Shore" seems on the verge of shifting gears in some fundamental way. But just how remains to be seen. After all, a baby won't really fit into the GTL lifestyle. Though Vinny does have some redecorating suggestions: "We could turn the smush room into a (nursery) -- put a crib in there, decorate it."
That sounds like "Shore" solution.
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