Emilio Masella said he did not mean to say his rumored-to-be-pregnant ex-girlfriend Snooki should have a miscarriage, and that he's "gotta get, like, a bulletproof vest now. People are, like, after my throat," after reports that he made the offensive statement emerged Monday.

Jersey Shore star Snooki is reportedly pregnant by boyfriend Jionni LaValle. It would be her first child.

Reports said that the 24-year-old reality TV star, whose real name is Nicole Polizziwi, would officially announce the news within the next few days.

A source close to the couple told America's Star magazine: "She is pregnant and has only told her closest friends and some family. She's been telling people that she has a big announcement coming.

"They are having to redo the creative direction of her spin-off because of her pregnancy," the source added.

The duo, who met during the third season filming of the show, have been together for just over a year and the pregnancy will reportedly be worked into the plot of her new reality TV show, a spin-off with co-star Jenni 'J-Woww' Farley.

The star appeared to hint to fans this week that she was expecting with a cryptic message on Facebook which read: "I feel sick."

She added further to pregnancy speculations when she later tweeted: "Late night craving...yogurt hits the fricken spot! (sic)"

Pint-sized Snooki, known for her wild antics on the hit show, previously hooked up with Jersey Shore co-star Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino and Vinny Guadagnino.