(CBS/AP) Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio admits he felt a little odd when he got a deal for his own show, "The Pauly D Project," which premieres Thursday (March 29) on MTV at 10:30 p.m. ET.
"I felt a little strange," he said, adding that his "Jersey Shore" co-stars were happy for him.
"I got a text from everybody when they heard," the 31-year-old from Johnston, R.I., said in a recent interview. "They were all happy for me, and so I'm glad that they're happy."
Castmates Jenni "JWoww" Farley and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are filming their own spinoff for MTV, but the entire cast will return to the shore this summer for season six of "Jersey Shore."
The upcoming "Jersey Shore" season will be a little different.
As for his "Jersey Shore" castmates, Pauly said he was shocked when he learned that Snooki is.
"I was like, 'This is crazy,' but I'm happy for her because she seems like she's happy and she seems like this is what she wants. She's a part of our family now, so I feel like we're all having this baby," he said with a laugh.
He says less about Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, who recentlyhe's in treatment for an addiction to sleeping medication.
"I don't know too much about it," Pauly said. "I didn't know he had a problem until I heard it in the media, so I wish him the best. I support him. I hope he gets well because I want to film season six with him."
Pauly's longtime friends from home are also featured on his MTV spin-off as cameras follow his busy schedule of DJ'ing, personal appearances and other ventures.
He's been a DJ since he was 16. His first gig was at a Sweet 16 party, where he says he "killed it" and knew "this is what I want to do for the rest of my life."
The DJ career will be a central focus of the MTV show.
Pauly says the series reflects "real life," telling the Los Angeles Times, "There's no script. And in real life, this stuff happens. I still think there's a show there. It's going to be different, but I'm still going to have fun and do my thing."