Melissa Gorga is doing her Bravo duty and pole dancing for the network like a good little devotee.
Amid rumors that Caroline Manzo and Kathy Wakile are not returning for season 5 of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Melissa spoke out to In Touch Weekly insisting those rumors are simply not true! Gotta keep the fans guessing to keep controversy and interest alive, right?
"Caroline is returning,” Melissa says. “Okay, there you go. Caroline is back and so is Kathy."
Just this week a flood of rumors started emerging that Caroline and Kathy were leaving in order to be replaced by friends of Teresa Giudice. Also possibly making a return is former supervillian Danielle Staub.
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Now you know if Danielle and Teresa team up all hell of epic, amazing proportions will break loose and I will be glued to my television like it is giving away free Louboutins.
According to ATRH, Danielle isn't a done deal. "After speaking with my source, here’s what I can tell you… NOBODY knows for sure if Danielle is returning to RHONJ. Danielle HAS NOT signed a contract yet. She was so devastated when she lost the show after Season 2 she is being VERY cautious what her next move will be. The FIRST time she met with Andy Cohen wasn’t recently, it was last Spring. Bravo wants Danielle to make a couple of appearances on the show, while Danielle would like to be back full-time."
As for Kathy and Caroline's prospective Melissa endorsed return – well, I'll believe it when I see it. It has been widely reported that filming for season 5 is in progress, so we'll know soon enough.
Here's my two cents: No offense, but neither lady really adds much to the show at this point. Caroline, by choice, is so focused on promoting her children's agendas/issues and does not seem invested in the show or the storyline. And Kathy is just Melissa's eternal sidekick who bakes stuff and has a raunchy husband trying to be one of the Joews Jr.
I personally don't think Bravo is foolish enough to do a THIRD season of the same storyline with the exact same cast, so even if Caroline and Kathy stay, I still believe they will add new women into the mix.
As for Danielle – I still feel it's hit or miss if she returns. I could see her making a lot of demands to the network, but I could also see her getting what she wants because you know she has an agenda and some serious dirt on these girls!
Bravo is not about to mess too much with the massive ratings-generating machine that is RHONJ and they are going to try and top even last year's craziness, so based on that if Danielle has all the dirt she promises, I see Bravo giving into whatever she asks.
Here's hoping we'll get some sort of change on RHONJ!
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TELL US – WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? ARE CAROLINE AND KATHY RETURNING OR NOT? DO YOU WANT TO SEE RHONJ WITH A DIFFERENT CAST?