He was the one absent from the wildly successful "Jersey Shore" reunion that aired this summer, and now, his ex has declined to participate in a 2018 reunion for the group as well. However, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is speaking out after Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola's refusal to participate in "Jersey Shore Family Vacation," and says that "old drama" isn't going to be an issue when the rest of the group is back together again.

In an interview with Us Weekly discussing the newly announced sequel series, Ronnie said he didn't feel like any of the old drama that had taken place amongst the cast—including Sammi, Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, Jenni 'JWOWW' Farley, Deena Cortese, Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, Paul "Pauly D" Delvecchio, and Vinny Guadagnino—would be an issue anymore on the new show, since they have all grown up a but since the original MTV series went off the air in 2012.

"We never disconnected, we just started living our lives. We were young, we needed to grow up. We all went on to do different shows and carry on with life. I am excited to go back and see the difference," he said. "We are all different. We won't bring old drama."

However, though he swears old drama won't be an issue, it appears his on-off ex Sammi doesn't feel the same way, as she was confirmed to not be participating in "Family Vacation," because she didn't want to deal with him.

"Everyone was invited to come on the show but Sammi was the only one who didn't want to. A big reason for that was because she didn't want to be around Ronnie," a source said at the time. "She has been enjoying her life off of TV and didn't want to change that."

This isn't the first time a cast member wasn't a part of a "Jersey Shore" reunion, as Ronnie himself didn't participate in either a Burger King commercial this summer which featured his fellow cast members, or E!'s "Reunion Road Trip." However, he said it was nothing personal, as he had other commitments at the time that kept him from the shows.

"I had obligations and business investments I was in the middle of negotiating and finalizing in Los Angeles during the reunion," he said. "I did not want to be a part of anything 'Jersey Shore' without MTV."

He also stated that previous comments Deena made, where she indicated that he wasn't in contact with the rest of the group because he wasn't on a group text with all of them, weren't quite right, as he wasn't a part of the text simply so he and Sammi didn't have to stay in touch, not because he wasn't a part of the overall group any longer.

"You know, when all your friends and an ex are on group text, I don't want to associate," he said. "I am a lot more grown up now, so why out myself in positions where everyone is uncomfortable?"

"Jersey Shore Family Vacation" is expected to premiere on MTV in Spring 2018.

Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Ronnie Ortiz-Magro seemed to slam Sammi "Sweetheart's" decision not to participate in the "Jersey Shore" reunion by talking about "old drama." Pictured: The “Jersey Shore” star attending B. Riley & Co. and Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation’s 7th Annual ‘Big Fighters, Big Cause’ Charity Boxing Night at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on May 25, 2016. Photo: Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation