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Caroline Manzo and Michelle Williams were the guests in the clubhouse on Watch What Happens Live last night and of course Caroline was asked a lot of questions relating to the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion episode that aired right before her appearance. 

First up, Andy shows the ladies Gia Giudices’s girl group’s music video (a cover of Britney Spears’ Circus) and Michelle says it’s not a big thing and Caroline says it’s at the cusp of not being okay but it’s not bad.  Note: we at first opted not to share the video when it released on Friday because of Gia’s age and other factors, but since it’s now a part of the WWHL episode, we’ll share it below..with the warning that you can bash Teresa Giudice’s parenting all you want, but any nasty comments about Gia or name calling directed at Gia will be deleted and will not be debated by our moderator.

Andy next shows Caroline footage of Teresa from part 1 of the reunion where she says she never hit below the belt.  Caroline says “of course she hit below the belt, we all hit below the belt.  Just admit that you hit below the belt.  We saw it. There’s no denying what we see.” 

Caroline on Teresa’s comments that she doesn’t miss Jacqueline: “I think she’s trying to project that she doesn’t care, but it’s clear that she does care.  she gets emotional when she reads her texts, she can’t talk about it, she gets teary eyed, so I think she does care but doesn’t want to say it.” 

Andy shows Caroline a montage of Dina’s comments about her, not being invited to Lauren’s engagement party, etc and he lets Caroline address the things Dina claimed.  “It’s true I didn’t invite her to Lauren’s engagement party, for good reason. First of all, I’m embarrassed, I’m mortified that I even have to say this, because you and I both know I have come at you hard when anyone tries to discuss this, but I have to defend myself now at this point.  Over the past five years Dina has never attended any family function at all.  We’ve got nieces and nephews that are three, four, five years old that she doesn’t know.  She didn’t go to my brother Jamie’s wedding, babies were born, baptisms, graduations, birthdays.  Not just me, not just Chris.  (not just their families she means).”  Caroline shares that less than ten minutes after Lauren got engaged, the first person she called was Lexi.  Lexi said to Lauren “I’m so happy, my mom says congratulations.”  Caroline says “that was in November, the party was in April.  From November through April, not a word.” 

Andy then says that it seems like Dina is willing to reconcile after she mentioned that she’d do a cooking show with Caroline.  Caroline doesn’t buy it.  “No, I’m a package deal. I come with everybody. You may have issues with somebody, but you don’t dismiss someone in your family. You don’t say ‘I’m giving you a choice, I’m giving you an option.  The only way you and I can have a relationship is if you cut someone out of your life.’  That’s my brother’s wife. Chris was given the same ultimatum. You can understand the gravity of that.  This is a man that has a son that has special needs and you’re saying to him to leave his wife in order for you to have a relationship with him. The same little boy that she walked past two weeks ago at a party.  And how you cannot take that baby and hug him and tell him you love him.  I don’t understand that.  So I have to say I don’t want the cooking show.  I don’t care about TV, I don’t care about what the papers say.  I want my family back. And I have done everything in my power to make that happen and so have the rest of us. Dina has to grow up.” 

A caller asks Caroline when her kids were allowed to start talking to her like they do.  She explains that she’s let them swear in the house, but they know when to turn it on and off.  They know you don’t swear in front of grandma, in a business meeting, etc.  They know not to cross the line. 

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