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Mob Wives Cast - Karen Gravano, Drita D’avanzo, Renee Graziano, and Carla Facciolo

Season One of Vh1’s Mob Wives might be over but the drama sure isn’t! In a post-season, pre-reunion interview for Complex the cast of Mob Wives give their opinions of all the fights, drama, and friendship destruction and reveal what’s next for the ladies.

As for how the cast reacted to having cameras follow their every move, resident badgirl, Drita D’avanzo describes it as “stressful”, describing herself as a private person who kept her identity as the wife of a gangster secret for years: “I worked in [Saks Fifth Avenue] for seven years and no one ever knew anything about me. They probably, honestly, would be shocked. I mean, seven years in the same place, 55 hours a week with 55 women, and you never tell anyone that your husband was in jail or that you’re a single mom—they’re gonna be shocked. I never used profanity!”

Renee Graziano, on the other hand, called the experience “therapeutic,” proclaiming: “I got to learn a lot about myself.” As for how the editing process portrayed her, surprisingly Renee is ok with it: “At first, I was a little uptight because people weren’t seeing the side of me… I’m very funny. I’m very, very loving. I came off extremely hard and, I think, cold. But as the show has unraveled, you get to see who I really am and I love it.”

Karen Gravano gives the status of her book Shadow of the Bull, which we can expect to find in clearance racks bookstores this fall! Karen explains she is meeting with her ghost writer and using the book to establish her own identity outside of being Sammy The Bull’s daughter: “Not by any means am I saying that I don’t love my father, but you want to have your own identity, you don’t always want to be your mother’s child or your father’s child.”

As you could expect, she and Drita are still not speaking following their explosive season-ending blow-up, but Drita admits she is sorry for the way things escalated: “Physical violence isn’t going to solve anything, and I think it’ll make it worse, so I’m mad at myself that I allowed that. That’s me, that’s my temper, but I want to change that about me and I’m not happy it happened. Karen and I don’t really talk right now,” but Drita is still friends with Renee and Carla Facciolo, of course.

The ladies also divulge they were picked up for a Season Two and will begin filming very soon. As for what to expect, according to Carla even the cast doesn’t know: “You know what, I don’t even know what to expect yet, but I am excited about it. It’s weird because when we ended off, that [fight] happened with Drita and Karen, and I just want everything to try and like get back to normal in Season Two so everybody can just hang out and be happy again and be friends and have a good time!” Well, don’t hope for that too much or you definitely won’t be doing a Season Three!

Drita has some news though for Season Two – something major is on the horizon: “For me, you can expect a huge life change, an event. It’s going to be shocking, probably.” All my bets are on D-I-V-O-R-C-E based on some interesting posts via her Facebook page. If you recall, Drita discovered on the finale episode that her husband Lee D’avanzo had cheated on her.

Drita posted the following on July 2, “I just wrote Lee a letter~ sayn now your ho can send packages and visit you…hope she can keep her legs closed while your away too. Good Luck Asshole.” And on June 29, she hinted about a possible break up. “I think breakups ae like a broken mirror. You’ll probably hurt yourself more by trying to put it back together. Get a new mirror!” Season 2 should be interesting!

And speaking of Drita, she will doing something new for reality stars – hawking her own product: “I have a cosmetics line coming out. I’ve always been in the field of make-up [and] I’ve modeled, so all these things now I can do.”

The Mob Wives Reunion will air July 10th on Vh1 at 8pm.

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So will watch Season Two of Mob Wives? Do you think Drita will divorce Lee while he’s in prison?

It’s the bleeping finale of Mob Wives, and I know you’re all just as excited as I am! Carla is worried about what will happen now that Joe is out of prison, and Renee revels in her new-found Junior-free freedom. But who cares about that? Drita and Karen Throw. It. Down. in a scene that makes Tamra Barney throwing her sis and desist letter in Jeana Keogh’s face look like two pals hugging after a picnic with unicorns and kittens. It’s fabulous.

Karen Gravano calls her ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Dave to talk about her recent time in Staten Island. He tells her not to get caught up in the drama and to keep doing what she’s doing in regard to her book because, you know, “haters gonna hate.” Is Dave an alias for The Situation? Because he sounds a lot like Mike Sorrentino. Karen expresses regret that her daughter is still in Arizona and asks Dave if he’d ever consider coming back to New York. The pair seems to be positively working on their relationship.

Renee Graziano heads to her therapist, and she seems genuinely happy that Junior is out of her house and out of her life. Her therapist looks a tad skeptical…can you blame her? Therapy has taught Renee how to manage her temper and pick her battles. She feels very “centered.” Perhaps she should pass her therapist’s contact information on to Drita.

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After a very successful first season, the finale of Mob Wives airs tonight on VH1.

One word to describe it? Explosive! On the finale episode, we will finally get to witness the widely reported fight between former friends Drita D’avanzo and Karen Gravano. The tension between the two ladies stems from Drita both dating and marrying Lee, whom Karen dated for 7 years and lived with. Drita is also upset with Karen for including her past with Lee in the book she’s writing.

Drita and Karen have spent the entire season trying to resolve their issues but things come to ahead tonight when Drita also accuses Karen of sleeping with her ex-boyfriend… while she was still dating him! Wowzers. In the preview below, Karen steps up during the argument which leads Drita to attack her.

Fast forward to today and it appears things are still very bad between the ladies. In a recent interview they both slammed each other with Karen calling Drita a “ho” and Drita calling Karen “two-faced.”

However it appears Drita is now willing to mend things. During the cast’s season finale party last night in Manhattan, Drita told Silive that she is not happy about her fight with Karen. “I’m not happy the way the show ended,” said Drita, “but I have no animosity. I hope we can move forward.”

Meanwhile, VH1 announced last month that the Mob Wives will return for a second season! Also, the reunion show was filmed this Thursday and will air July 10th.

The above picture of the cast was taken during last night’s season finale party. Photo courtesy of Silive.com.

The finale airs 8/7c on VH1. A preview clip is below -

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As we wait with bated breath for this Sunday’s explosive season finale of Mob Wives, Karen Gravano and Drita D’avanzo continue their brawl in the media.

As you recall, on this past episode, Karen is writing a tell-all book and Drita is concerned that she plans to tell a lot about Drita’s jailed husband Lee D’avanzo. In an effort to placate Drita’s worries, Karen gave her the first chapter of her book. Instead of reading it, Drita revived their past feud.

In a recent interview, Drita explains, “When she handed me the chapter, at first I was like that’s good because I was glad that she accomplished something. [However] I really wish she wouldn’t be sharing with me because I don’t really trust her. I didn’t know if she was giving it to me like, ‘Here read it b*tch.’ She’s been so ballsy and two-faced that I don’t know.”

Karen however states she had good intentions in giving Drita the chapter, “My intent to give her that chapter was extending the olive branch because I wanted her to feel comfortable.” Of course, instead of ending it there, Karen feels the need to elaborate. “I felt like Drita and I put the past behind us. We’re not war over Lee. We are in a war over Drita being a fake a*s b*tch. I told her how I felt as a friend, I want move past it. What Drita really is upset about is that she has to admit she’s a ho and she doesn’t want to admit that. Drita doesn’t want to admit what she did so she keeps trying to make excuses about me being here.”

Oh but there’s more. Karen continues, “She has one thing that her and her husband are petrified that I’m going to say. They’re automatically getting defensive. They’re real paranoid about what I’m going to say because maybe her husband has secrets that he’s trying to hide — and it isn’t criminal secrets because I don’t put people’s criminal secrets out there.”

Drita agrees that she believed the woman had worked to put the past behind them, so she was astonished to hear some of the things Karen said about her on the show, things which I will not repeat here, because it’s just a lot of bleeping bleeps. “I’m so disappointed that she went this far, this route — disappointed that she approached the whole situation in this way. She came in on a mission to have a fight with me and with plans to embarrass me and my family. Just abuse me, this is what her goal was. To me it didn’t seem like she gave two sh*ts if we were friends or not because she made that clear,” said Drita.

Needing the last word, Karen brings out the big guns…literally. “Drita says she wants to go to war with me? I’ve got soldiers and cannons and they’re pointing right at you. I don’t know what you’re going to do because I won’t lose this battle. [And] I have a way bigger story than she could ever have.” And there you have it folks.

In other, less bleeping heated, Mob Wives news, Renee Graziano has found someone new after politely kicking her husband Junior Pagan to the curb. She reveals to HollywoodLife, “I was very disappointed and disgusted that once again I allowed someone to walk in and take what didn’t belong to them, which is my heart.”

Moving on with a new life includes moving on with a new man. “I’ve gone on a date — I actually went out with him Friday night. It went smoothly. He’s amazing.” According to Renee, he’s a successful business man and former professional athlete. In fact, even her ex Junior approves. “He met Junior and I the same day 17 years ago and then Junior and I left each other 12 years ago. I’ve always liked him and he’d never go out with me because of Junior and finally Junior spoke to him last week and said it’s fine with him if him and I went out together. We are friends, it’s nothing more than that just now. [But] it feels nice.”

And how does Renee’s son AJ feel about his mom getting back into the dating game? He says, “I was proud of her. I was happy that she finally moved on. She’s growing up.”

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On Sunday’s Mob Wives, Take This Book and Shove It, things are relatively calm, but a storm is brewing. Carla Facciolo’s husband is finally a free man, while Drita D’avanzo can’t figure out when Lee will be joining her on the outside. Renee struggles with her destructive relationship with Junior, and Karen fancies herself a James Patterson and can’t figure out why frenemy Drita won’t serve as her editor.

“Celebrate good times, come on!” Joe is being released from the slammer after just six years of incarceration (mere minutes compared to the other ladies’ husbands and fathers). Carla grabs her Louis Vuitton luggage (oh, and the twins) and heads out in her Mercedes SUV to collect Joe from prison. I was curious about the luggage until I found out Joe isn’t coming home but heading to a halfway house. Yeah, nothing says pass the shower soap like the dude in the halfway house using his wife’s designer bag after serving time for organized crime.

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Following a one week hiatus, the Mob Wives returned last night with a much calmer episode. Let’s face it, any episode that doesn’t involve a brawl is a calm one for these ladies! Carla deals with the impending release of her husband from prison, Drita handles some scumbags (raccoons), Karen deals with the backlash from her mob non tell-all, and Renee finally admits what we knew all along — she’s still not over Junior.

The episode begins with Renee and Carla meeting up for some drinks and eats. And err weren’t these two ladies just trying to kill each other an episode ago? Carla reads my mind as she states she has simply decided to let bygones be bygones. Renee brings up dating once again, and once again the topic of that convo goes back to Junior. Renee reveals she wants a “big jaw, strong,” man aka Junior. Carla wonders why she always keeps going back to Junior and Renee denies still being in love with him. We don’t believe you Renee! We also find out Renee and Carla have known each other since their teenage years, so why does one lady look much older than the other?

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Less than a week after the Mob Wives episode aired where Drita D’avanzo apologized to Karen Gravano for getting with her ex-boyfriend Lee and pretending Karen was crazy for feeling betrayed; Drita is taking her apology back! As both ladies now reveal they might never be friends again.

In fact, Drita says the only reason she apologized at all is: “I felt bad because she was crying. I’m a softy when it comes to anybody crying.” In a new article for Hollywood Life, Karen and Drita talk about their Made-For-TV faux-lationship and subsequent man drama; admitting they are no longer friends At. All. Or as the Mob would say they’re ¡finito!

Both Karen and Drita feel the reason their friendship fell apart is Lee trust. Drita claims that Karen calling it like it is her husband Lee “scum” was too much: “I can’t see being friends with her,” says Drita. “I just think that she crossed a line that I don’t think I really could come back from. In my heart, I don’t know if I could trust her.” Drita continues: “Friend, what friend? There’s no friendship once you do that,” referring to a previous episode when Karen came over to discuss why Drita started dating her ex. The “discussion” did not go well and resulted in a screaming fight between the women where Karen insulted Lee.

Karen agrees that Drita’s apology to her was not sincere and feels: “The bottom line is, Drita was my friend, for a friend to be able to put some things in the past, you have to close the doors and be able to build on trust. So if she couldn’t apologize to me and she’s going to keep making excuses, I can’t trust her.”

Karen also adds that she doesn’t care about scummy Lee (oh, really?): “For me, it was not about Lee, I could have licked it in the butt and walked past it quick. We could have been friends and it wouldn’t have been drawn out if she said sorry and said it sincerely without hitting me with timelines and excuses and reasons for why she did what she did. But she kept missing the point — she kept thinking I was getting at him.”

In other Mob Wives friend feuds, Renee Graziano is still upset about her brawl with fellow castmate Carla Facciolo (who I am guessing from the no comment has moved on).

In a new interview for the New York Post, Renee, who is disappointed the show has portrayed her truthfully as “a loud, foul-mouthed drama queen,” is still furious about the way things went down between her and Carla at her dinner party: “Why didn’t I crack her? I’m not violent. I don’t raise my hands ever. I would never hit somebody. But I should have broken her f- – -ing jaw.” Well, obviously those two are ¡finito! as well. The article also mentioned that Karen and Renee watched last Sunday’s episode together and “both are still fuming over their spats” with castmates Drita and Carla!

So whose side are you on? Drita’s? Karen’s? Renee’s? Or Carla’s? Who else cannot wait for a Mob Wives Reunion show!? Bring it on, Vh1!

On last night’s episode of Mob Wives, the ladies sort of make amends after taking dinner party from hell to a whole new meaning. Renee pretends she wants to date a normal man who is not in the mafia, Drita and Carla have incarcerated husband situations, and Karen finally snaps and throws a vase at Renee, but fails to knock any sense into her. Darn.

The episode began exactly where last week’s ended – with brawling in Renee’s dining room! Renee laments that when she set up her Sunday dinner it was to get the girls together to calmly talk about their mental issues, but sadly her “beautiful Sunday dinner has turned into a cage fight.” Renee should have expected as much since with all the issues these girls have it would take more than a Sunday evening to work through everything; more like Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and all the way to the next week!

During the argument ready to rumble Drita “squares up” to break apart Carla and Renee, but Karen “The Bull” Gravano says Drita is going to have to get through her first! Clearly those two definitely still have high school drama things to work out. Good thing friend savior Renee invited them both! Renee claims that not only is Carla “attacking” her in her own home, she is also screaming in her face because she doesn’t want to hear the truth about her own boyfriend. Remember, Renee just wants to protect Carla from dating a serial a** groper. Carla has a different opinion of Renee “That mouth don’t stop going!” Graziano – she thinks Renee is a liar. So Carla tells Renee as much.

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