When Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino raised his hand to slap (or “love tap”) Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi on Thursday night’s “Jersey Shore,” he did it for her own good — or so he claims.
Sure, it might have seemed like Sorrentino was none-too-happy about his date-free night and even openly pouting after Polizzi rejected his attempted kiss, but The Situation told MTV News he was just looking out for his pal when he smacked her on the mouth to convince her to leave the club early.
"Snooki sometimes drinks a little too much," Sorrentino said. “She is unaware of her surroundings and unaware of what's going on. Everybody was leaving, and she was the only one staying there. We usually go as a group and stay as a group. To avoid what happened in season one, I really wanted to try and keep an eye on her and not necessarily slap some sense into her, but let her know, 'Hey, you can't be here by yourself. You're a little girl, and the whole group was leaving.' It was a little love tap.”
Sorrentino’s reasoning has changed a bit since his on-air statement following the incident.
“I'm the leader of this group,” he explained at the time. “I say what goes. If I say we're leaving, we're leaving.”