"Jersey Shore" star Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio became the first cast member of the hit reality show to land his own spin-off MTV series, Us Weekly reported Wednesday.

"He's distinguished himself onscreen as the fun-loving, well-coiffed and dependable guy you can't help but want to hang out with," Chris Linn, MTV Executive Vice President of Programming and Head of Production, said about why the music aficionado was chosen to star in his own show.

"Viewers are curious about his life away from the shore and we look forward to exploring new possibilities around that," Linn added.

"DJ Pauly D Starting Off 2011 Right !!!!!!!!...Soo Excited !!!!!" the 30-year-old tweeted about his new gig.

He will return to the show that gave him his start as the "Jersey Shore" third season kicks off on January 6.

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