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Deena Nicole Cortese

Deena Nicole Reacts to Snooki’s Shocking Dancing With the Stars Elimination — Exclusive

No one was caught more off guard by Snooki's Dancing with the Stars elimination that the former Jersey Shore star herself. Upon hearing that the October 28 episode would be her last, her eyes welled with tears and she appeared stunned. "I can't even talk right now," she said. "I love everyone here, so it sucks."

Back home in New Jersey, her BFF and fellow meatball, Deena Nicole Cortese, was equally surprised. Watching the show at home, she was as upset as the rest of us when — after scoring three 9's for her samba — Snooks was voted off. Speaking exclusively with Wetpaint Entertainment, Deena shares her disappointment.

"I'm shocked she got eliminated," Deena tells Wetpaint Entertainment. "She was doing so well!"

After the show ended, Deena was quick to reach out with words of support. "I texted her telling her how great she did, and I plan on texting her later to check in and see how she's feeling."

And Deena gives her pal major props for getting as far as she did, saying, "I'm so proud of my little meatball. She was incredible."

Snooki, for her part, seems be putting into perspective already telling People backstage, "I'm happy and I'm grateful. The show showed another side of me — the mother side of me. And this whole experience has been so amazing."