Oh goodness – the ladies who are giving The Garden State a bad name are back! Real Housewives of New Jersey will return to Bravo on July 13 and it's out with the old and in with the new!
While Melissa Gorga and Teresa Giudice remain on the cast (because duh – Teresa's INDICTMENT!), the rumors are officially confirmed that Jacqueline Laurita and Kathy Wakile are out! Taking their places is Dina Manzo, who waited until her only family drama had been fired to reclaim her title.
This season there will of course be tons of focus on Teresa and Joe Giudice's impending indictment for fraud as the couple
pretends to be attempts to prove they are innocent. Dina returns to be a shoulder for Teresa to cry on, but also struggles with her own divorce from husband Tommy.
Melissa and Poison will attempt to embark upon yet another career
to stave off their own bankruptcy in the sanitation business as Melissa continues to pursue her passion for auto-tune singing. Also, Melissa's friend from the past, and new Housewife Amber, joins the cast to spread more Melissa rumors. Cause we haven't had this storyline for the past three seasons. YAWN!
New Housewives Nicole and Teresa are twins with an over-the-top Jersey style. And that includes their tempers! Bravo describes the season as shocking and says, "The six wives begin to form a strong bond, but when shocking rumors of infidelity and backstabbing surface, it threatens to tear their friendships to pieces."
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Teresa Giudice - We all know what Teresa has been up to. As she and Joe deal with the very real possibility of serving jail time. Happily, Melissa and Teresa truly begin to rebuild their relationship in the wake of dealing with negative outside influences (ahem… new Housewives) and Teresa's court issues.
Melissa Gorga – This season Melissa focuses on building a jewelry line for HSN, while Joe 'builds' their newest dream house. The couple is not without marital issues however as alleged rumors (not started by Teresa this time!) plague them.
Dina Manzo – Dina continues to work ardently at her charity Project Ladybug, along with juggling her party planning and design business. She also deals with daughter Lexi leaving the nest to go away to college. And with her divorce pending, Dina jumps into the world of dating and confronting her fear of being single again.
Amber Marchese – Amber is a straight-forward Jersey girl and breast cancer survivor. As she tries to rekindle a long-lost friendship with Melissa, trouble brews as she reveals some things from Melissa's past. The married mom of four underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with breast cancer at 31. She also holds a masters degree in Bio-Behavioral Studies/Exercise Physiology from Columbia University (What?! is she on RHONJ for?) and runs her own fitness company Vici Fitness.
Nicole Mauriello – The twice-divorced Nicole is the mom of sons Joey, 14, and Anthony, 16. She is also a "private aviation specialist" who struggles to balance her role as a mom with her career as a jet broker "for a premiere jet charter brokerage handling high-profile clients helping them globe-trot around the world to exotic and exciting places." Nicole is also in a relationship with a new man, but there is trouble in paradise as her family does not approve!
Teresa Aprea (aka Teresa 2.0) – Teresa and her husband Rino own a prestigious Italian restaurant called Little Italy (move over Brownstone!) and three other award-winner restaurants. The busy couple has one son Giovanni. Teresa and Rino were married, divorced, and after 11 years rekindled their relationship and re-married. Teresa also loves fashion with a Jersey flare! Move over Kim D! However, the couple's marriage soon erupts into a flood of rumors about Rino's faithfulness.
In other news Jacqueline spoke out explaining that she is definitely done with the show – despite what daughter Ashlee Holmes said! "I can NOW confirm that I am NOT on season 6 of #RHONJ !I can't handle full time drama anymore,BUT I CAN handle part-time comedy.;0) CYA soon," Jacqueline wrote to her best friend twitter. Does Jacqueline tweet twitter like a diary. Dear Twitter… it's me, Jacqueline…
Fear not – Jacqueline will be present on Caroline Manzo's spinoff Manzo'd With Children. "U can still see me part time on #Bravo on @CarolineManzo new spin off #ManzodWithChildren I'm thrilled 2b on it! It's a lot of fun&hilarious"
As for Kathy she (along with Rosie) is rumored to be returning as a 'Friend of the Housewives' but there is no mention of this role on the Bravo website.
RHONJ returns to Bravo on July 13 at 8/9c.
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