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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is now opening up about her slimmer new figure!

The 48-year-old shared with PEOPLE magazine that she has lost an impressive 20 lbs on her 5’1″ frame.  And what’s her secret? “Just portion control. I eat what I want. I just eat the bad things earlier on in the day,” said Caroline. For example, “If I want pasta, I have it for lunch instead of for dinner. That’s all. If I want a piece of cheesecake, I have half instead of a whole.”

Along with a healthy diet, Caroline also credits her weight loss to regular exercise, by doing “a lot of treadmill” and drinking “a lot of water.

Caroline spends about 45 minutes to an hour working out at least three times a week. “I try to do it every day. And as the day progresses, I eat lighter and lighter,” she says of her routine. “And I stopped drinking soda and juice … [I drink] just one coffee a day and buckets and buckets and buckets of water.”

Caroline shares she began her new regimen back in March, and says the weight came off slowly. “I think that’s healthy,” she says. “That’s the way to do it, so it’s not like yo-yo dieting.”

When it comes to how she feels today, the mother of three reveals she feels “so much better” since losing the weight. “I love it … I always felt uncomfortable in my clothes. But now I’m good.”

Former prostitution whore and current sex tape queen Danielle Staub has now decided her next ploy to garner attention is to exploit the gay community.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star gave an interview to FOX news during which she proclaimed she is a part of the gay community. “I haven’t even begun my work in the gay community yet,” said Danielle. “I want to go to senate, I want to pass a bill and get gay marriage legalized. I go to events, I march in rallies. I’ve been a part of the gay community for 30 years.”

Oh but she doesn’t end there. When asked about her relationship with openly lesbian songwriter Lori Michaels, Danielle made sure to play coy and not give a straight answer, pun intended.

“I’m not ready to say that one way or the other,” she told Fox News. “Right now my focus is on my kids, but there is room for one more person in my world. Hopefully soon the world will see that.”

Danielle also took her attentionwhoredom to twitter when she referred to Lori as her girlfriend in a recent tweet. “Thank you everyone for supporting me with love and kindness in my song “Real Close” bless my gf Lori Michaels,” she wrote.

And it’s not over folks. Danielle also made sure she tweeted a photo of herself sitting on Lori’s lap. That photo is below.

One person who isn’t buying Danielle’s faux lesbian story? Her co-star Jacqueline Laurita, who tweeted the following on Monday night: “She just asked my friend at her new condo to introduce her to all her single MALE friends so I am as confused as she is apparently. ;0)”

And for all the folks who would like a peek at Danielle’s sex tape, The first 15 minutes of the explicit tape has been posted online for free by Perez Hilton. You can watch that by clicking here. Good luck, you will need it.


Speaking of attention whores, party planner Elvira Grau, who released a press release last week to falsely declare herself Dina Manzo’s replacement, seems to be basking in her 15 minutes of limelight.

Perhaps someone should have told Elvira with fame comes the price of negative press, but something tells us she is more than happy to pay this price.

The NYPost is reporting Elvira and her hubby James Grau owe over $300,000 to the IRS. Elvira, who boasted about having a luxurious lifestyle replete with nannies, maids, cooks and drivers, was slapped with massive state tax liens between January and March on various properties, including her $3 million mansion.

And despite bragging to Teresa Giudice about having a beach house, property records show Elvira and her husband don’t own any thing near a beach.

Despite the bad press, Elvira seems to be loving all the attention, bragging to RadarOnline, “I’m the ‘Crazy Bitch!’ I’m a hustler.” And though Bravo has denied Elvira is a new housewife, they do confirm she will be appearing in a few more episodes of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. No word yet on what Elvira will be doing in the upcoming episodes. Perhaps she will be helping Teresa plan a ‘We’re bankrupt but fabulous party.’ We kid, we kid.

CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF DANIELLE AND LORI, AND EVLIRA AND HER HUSBAND

On the heels of her Real Housewives of New Jersey co-star Teresa Giudice filing for bankruptcy, could Jacqueline Laurita be next?

While the net worth of Jacqueline and her husband Chris Laurita is unknown, it has been uncovered that Chris’s company, Signature Apparel Group, LLC, had a bankruptcy filing last year in September 2009. Chris is listed as being the company’s CEO, Owner and President.

The bankruptcy is described as “an involuntary petition for liquidation under Chapter 7″ that was filed against Signature Apparel Group, LLC in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

There’s no word on the current status of the company or how this affects the finances of Chris and Jacqueline, but with Chris being the Owner, CEO and President, it’s safe to assume the demise of the company will put a dent in the couple’s finances. One can only hope the Lauritas have been responsible with their money, so they don’t end up like the Giudices.

UPDATE: Wanted to add that this isn’t a personal bankruptcy filing but one for a company which seemed to be having problems.  We have zero knowledge of the Lauritas’ personal spending or finances.  This is simply a report on what happened with Chris’s company Signature Apparel.

In other New Jersey news, mama bear Caroline Manzo gave a new interview to Zap2it, during which she touched on the Brownstone and Kim G. Excerpts are below -

And, your kids, have they received preferential treatment [at the Brownstone], because dad’s the owner?
Each of them did everything. Somebody vomited on the floor? We’d say, ‘Albie, go clean up the vomit.’ And he’d say, ‘OK.’ What’s great about it is all the employees at The Brownstone, from the dishwashers to the valets to the bartenders, they all worked in every aspect in every department. So they all know these kids and they know that they put in the hours and they know that they worked and they know that they are good kids. It is a wonderful thing when you are going there and you see them interacting with everybody. We have almost 300 employees and they interact with everybody and they know everybody’s name and everything. That to me is tremendous.

Danielle Staub is one thing, but what is Kim G.’s deal?
Kim and I only know each other because I know that she’s [my son, Christopher's friend] John’s mom and she knows that I am Christopher’s mom. There was never so much as an invitation for a cup of coffee on her part to me in the past ten years. And to be fair I never reached out to her either. So I just thought that the timing was a little…bizarre. I thought the invitation was a little strange, and this is why I stepped away from that. As far as her friendship goes, I don’t know the woman well enough to say she is not clear about things, or she is being fooled, or is Danielle her type of person or is Danielle not her type of person? I don’t know the answer to those questions. Because I don’t know her.

You seem pretty forgiving – even after she twisted Chris’ words when he said that they were “in for a surprise” and added fuel to Danielle’s fire.
I was able to let go. Certainly it was disappointing. No doubt. It was uncomfortable for me to watch without question. But again, it is not like we had a relationship and she turned on me. It is not like we had a relationship and she was like two-faced. We didn’t have a relationship. So is that’s what she wants to do, than great. However, I’m not going to let her actions impact me enough to affect the boys’ friendship.

With the departure of Dina Manzo, life goes on for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

We start off this episode with an awkward dinner or lunch or something between Caroline, Teresa and Jacqueline. The ladies discuss Dina’s exit from the show and of course Danielle’s name is brought up in the conversation. The only part that stands out in this scene is when Caroline says, “I feel so bad for Dina. She’s going through so much.” Come again Caroline? Dina’s going through so much? Like what exactly? As we the viewers haven’t been privy to any of Dina’s problems, infact we have been led to believe Dina’s life was all unicorns, lollipops and rainbows with the exception of the Danielle drama.

I thought Caroline’s comment was interesting to say the least. Reason #192 by the NJ cast sucks? Well thanks to the ladies focusing on the Danielle drama so much, we don’t get to hear about or see their own personal issues and drama. The ladies decide they need to watch out for Danielle because “she’s capable of anything,” and the dinner/lunch/brunch or something scene ends.

Next up is Danielle‘s visit with a plastic surgeon. Was I the only one who noticed some lights were out on the sign for the plastic surgery office? Not sure that I would be putting my life on the line in what looks like a motel reject but Danielle is more than ready to fix her wonky tits, so she will take the chance! And thanks to the now infamous sex tape she made before this revision surgery, we can all affirm her boobs were indeed deformed.

Danielle then once again breaks out her her boo hoo story about feeling so undesirable due to her wonky tits, and I can imagine a good percentage of viewers are rolling their eyes at this point.

We then get to see Lauren Manzo doing makeup at her makeup school, and overbearing mama Caroline of course pays her daughter a visit. Don’t get me wrong, Caroline seems like a great mother, but she just appears to be way too involved in the lives of her children. It appears she has nothing else going on in her life other than her children and family. At this stage in her kids’ lives, it might be time for Caroline to began pulling back, and perhaps work on finding a hobby that doesn’t involve her children. Someone commented a while back, saying they already feel bad for Caroline’s future daughter-in-laws, and can’t say I disagree.

Ashley decides to pay her parents a visit and apologizes for her bratty behavior at the poker game. Ashley informs her parents she wants to come back home, which I think is great, because she had no business living on her own to begin with. She simply lacks the maturity needed to make it on her own at this point in her life.

Next up is Teresa and she informs us she is having a housewarming party for her new home. We finally get to meet nutty party planner Elvira Grau, who immediately scolds Teresa for not having help or a pool for that matter. Something about Teresa was off this episode. She just seemed a bit more laid back and more quiet. I’m guessing this was filmed at the peak of her financial problems. When you think about it, Danielle made her sex tape in September 2009, before her visit with the plastic surgeon in this episode. Teresa filed for bankruptcy in October 2009, meaning this episode was definitely filmed right before or right after the bankruptcy filing.

Back to the show, Teresa and Elvira have an interesting exchange.

Elvira- Why don’t you have a pool?

Teresa - (Awkward pause) Because I have a beach house. (Quick thinking there Teresa!)

Elvira - I have a beach house, I have a pool.

Elvira once again scolds Teresa for not having help, and at this point it’s pretty obvious Kim D. and Kim G. are not the only ones auditioning for Bravo. It however seems Elvira has her sights set on something bigger than just the Housewives’ franchise. The annoying, rude and overbearing party planner is aiming for her own Bravo spin off!

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There’s a lot to report on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, plus the preview of tonight’s new episode, so we will get right to it.

While Bravo housewives are notorious for being indulgent, this week’s episode goes to show just how much they love to pose entertain. As Teresa Giudice, who’s $11 million bankruptcy filing was recently unveiled, decides to break in her new home by hiring a party planner to throw a housewarming party. And yes, this is the same home that was briefly put on the market a week ago and is rumored will soon be in foreclosure.

The over the top party will include an extravagant red carpet and fire eaters. Clearly, excess is not an issue in the Garden State. Meanwhile Caroline must face the fact that her son Albie Manzo might get kicked out of law school due to bad grades. The new episode airs tonight at 10/9c.

Dina Getting Replaced? – This has been all the buzz this weekend, when rumors hit that Elvira Grau (pictured above – what is she wearing?), who happens to be Teresa’s party planner on tonight’s episode, would be replacing Dina Manzo for the remainder of the season. The Dish Rag however shuts down the rumors, even saying there will be no replacement for Dina this season. What a bummer. I guess the women vs. Danielle drama will continue to be the main plot for the show. Bravo really dropped the ball with this one. It would have been perfect timing to introduce a new housewife, and change things up.

Danielle Stalking Ashley? – Those are the claims of Ashley Holmes, daughter of Jacqueline Laurita. Ashley tweeted the following this weekend:

“just found out that @daniellestaub came by my work yesterday “looking for me”.. WTF.. what a crazy STALKER !! GO AWAY!! & get a life.”

Judging from Danielle Staub‘s actions this season, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Ashley also tweeted that the sex tape queen must not be struggling anymore since her bill from Ashley’s workplace came to $500. Ashley added, “how are you liking your new condo at ‘The Watermark on Hudson’ ?..where does a struggling single mom get all that money?”

A quick look at The Watermark condos show condos ranging in price from $800,000 to $3,100,000. If true, then it’s safe to say her sex tape is doing well on the market. Good to see selling her soul sex tape is paying off financially. Let’s all hope Danielle saves some of the sex tape dough for the therapy she badly needs.

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Good news for Millionaire Matchmaker and Real Housewives of New Jersey fans, as the NYPost is reporting Caroline Manzo’s sons will appear on the upcoming new season of the hit dating show.

According to the NYPost, Chris and Law-School Hotty Albie Manzo have enlisted the help of Patti Stanger to help them find their matches. And what are the boys looking for in a mate? A source tells the Post they are interested in “brunette, Italian-Catholic girls.”

Chris (pictured left) currently works at the family-owned Brownstone in Paterson, NJ, while Albie, 23, attends law school. While the kids are not millionaires, not yet at least, the Post reports Caroline and Patti are old friends from Jersey. Should be a fun episode to watch.

The 4th season of Millionaire Matchmaker is currently being filmed in NYC.

Dina Manzo

Despite last night’s episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey bringing us stripper poles and a mother-daughter fight, the topic everyone is talking about this morning is Dina Manzo’s exit from the Bravo show.

Dina, 38, tells UsWeekly Danielle Staub is the sole reason she left the show. “I would say 99.9 percent is because of Danielle [Staub], but the other .1 percent was drama created by her,” said Dina. The final straw came when Danielle, 47, showed up to the Manzo’s Brownstone for a charity event along with some ex-cons. Danielle ended up causing a ruckus while her escort Danny hurled a gay slur at Chris Manzo, Dina’s nephew.

“That whole night at The Brownstone just put me over the edge,” shares Dina. “Danielle became all we ever talked about! I wanted to film some fun stuff. I thought I signed on for a nice family show and it really turned in a different direction.”

Dina also made a special appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens last night with Andy Cohen, during which she made some very funny interesting jokes at the expense of Danielle. Andy asked her about Danielle’s claim that Dina was doing nails when she first met her. Dina did acknowledge she once did nails, but she was 17 at the time, asking “What should I have been a stripper” instead? Good one Dina.

Another great question that came up was why Dina’s daughter, Lexi, was not on the show this season. Oddly enough, Lexi appeared on WWH last night. If you recall, Danielle claimed earlier this year that Dina forged her ex-husbands signature the first season to get Lexi on the show, and that Lexi wasn’t on the show this season because Dina didn’t have her ex’s permission. Dina however said last night the reason her daughter wasn’t on the show was because she didn’t like the prostitution whore direction the show was going in.


Five Questions/Observations about last night’s show (Brief Recap) -

1) While it’s understandable Dina and the NJ ladies want Danielle out of their lives, will someone please inform them they would have no show without Danielle. Yes Danielle is all kinds of nuts, she is however the one making the show somewhat interesting.

2) Did I miss a press release? Is Kim G. the new housewife? She is obviously auditioning for a spot on the show.

3) Doesn’t it seem like Danielle has her own show on the NJ Housewives show? You know the one with all her ex-con friends and “rich” girlfriends. Perhaps Bravo will give her a spin-off, she seems to have really created her own little mini-show on the show.

4) Does Danielle really expect us to believe she was not aware she was being taped on Steve‘s cell phone? Were we also to buy her whole I’m too scared to get back into the dating world routine? This coming from a woman who’s porn video sex tape was just released. And how gross was the stripper pole scene with Danielle’s ex-con friends ogling at her?

5) Now that Dina is gone, will Bravo please give us a new NJ housewife?

Bonus – Did anyone else have nightmares about Grandma Wrinkles (Dina’s cat) last night?

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Tonight marks an all new episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, and as Bravo promises, we will see one of the NJ housewives leave the show for-ever! (cue up dramatic music).

So what else can we expect tonight? Just after Ashley moves back home, the drama starts back up with mom Jacqueline.  While the guys try to enjoy a relaxing poker night, Ashley refuses to speak with her mother.  Danielle’s sex tape drama will also be brought up in tonight’s show.  You know, that other sex tape involving her and her ex Steve Zalewski, who will be appearing once again on tonight’s show.

Teresa Takes Home Off The Market – In other NJ news, just 24 hours after her home appeared for sale on multiple Realtor websites, Teresa Giudice tweeted to her fans that her home was “NOT FOR SALE.”  Surely enough, the listing for Teresa’s home was yanked off these websites. So what gives? Well no one knows, perhaps Teresa and hubby Joe received some more “assistance” from their family members who reportedly supply them with $10,000 a month.

One of our smart readers however pointed out that “a broker is not going to place a property in the MLS, without a listing agreement from the seller,” meaning Teresa and her hubby had to have signed off the listing.


Danielle’s Sex Tape Comes Out Today -  Today is the release date of the infamous sex tape no one wanted to see.  Danielle is described as being the “horniest housewife.”  It will be interesting to see how Danielle’s tape fares on the market considering most of the housewives’ fan base consists of women.  Dina Manzo also did a new interview during which she had some harsh words for Danielle. “This doesn’t shock me,” Dina said.  “I feel horrible for her kids. Horrible. I wanted to start a ‘save Jillian campaign.’ The younger daughter, her face just breaks my heart.”

Dina then goes on to make a good point when she says, “Everything a parent does, they should think of their children first. I know that’s what I do.”

Danielle’s Home On The Market – Danielle’s home has been listed for the price of $1.095 million.  According to the listing, it was ordered by the courts due to Danielle’s divorce settlement.  Once the sale is done, Danielle and her ex-husband Tom Staub, will split the proceeds.

Who’s Leaving The Show? -  This shouldn’t be a spoiler as multiple media outlets have reported Dina Manzo will be the exiting housewife.  However neither Bravo nor Dina has yet to confirm this news.  Dina will also be appearing on Watch What Happens tonight, alongside Ramona Singer.

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