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Snooki Barred From Ball Drop Stunt on New Year's Eve

By DNAinfo Staff on December 29, 2010 5:13pm  | Updated on December 30, 2010 6:22am

Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi poses for a picture at the Hampton Chic launch Party on September 27, 2010 in Marina del Rey, California.
Nicole 'Snookie' Polizzi poses for a picture at the Hampton Chic launch Party on September 27, 2010 in Marina del Rey, California.
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By Jill Colvin

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Snooki will not be dropping "like a friggin' hamster" in a ball on New Year's Eve — at least not in Times Square.

MTV had announced that the "Jersey Shore" star would be placed inside a giant ball and lowered onto the network's rooftop deck to ring in the New Year on Dec. 31 as part of MTV's "New Year's Bash" special.

But organizers of the annual Times Square event told DNAinfo Wednesday that the stunt had been called off.

"The request to have her in a separate ball on a set-back roof came too late and was too impractical to fit in to our outdoor events," co-producers of Times Square New Year's Eve said in a statement.

But Snooki-lovers need not fret.

"Jersey Shore's" Snooki and Mike "The Situation" pose with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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A similar spectacle will now reportedly be staged in New Jersey, where a giant ball with a lit "Snooki" sign has been unloaded in Seaside Heights near the "Jersey Shore" house, according to TMZ.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi had been hyping her planned Times Square ball drop, telling USA Today last week she was "gonna be like a friggin' hamster."

"It's the first time they've done it," she told the paper. "I'm not sure how it's going to work, but I think it'll be fine....and if not, someone is going to be in big trouble!"

A rendering of the apparatus that Snooki was to allegedly descend in had even been floating around online.

PopEater.com reported that officials pulled the plug on the pint-sized reality star once they got wind of the plans.

"No way would they allow this to take place," the website quoted an un-named source saying, adding, "You have to play by the official rules or you get kicked out, which is exactly what has happened to MTV and Snooki."

In its release announcing the stunt, MTV's senior vice president of special programming and production said the network was "looking to redefine the concept of the traditional New Year’s Eve broadcast" and promised the show would "push boundaries."

An MTV spokeswoman did not immediately return calls and e-mail requests for comment.