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It seems Jacqueline Laurita, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, wants absolutely nothing to do with a lawsuit against her former co-star Danielle Staub.

Following the leak or release of Caroline Manzo’s deposition, in a defamation lawsuit brought against Danielle by her ex-husband Kevin Maher, TMZ is reporting today that Jacqueline desperately wants to avoid testifying.

As for her reason, Jacqueline tells TMZ “I don’t want to go back to that dark place.” She added, “I didn’t even know I was on the list … it’s not really a list I want to be on … can I be taken OFF the list?”

As we previously reported, Kevin is suing Daniele for $5 million, citing that she spread horrific lies about him in the press and in her memoir. In addition to Caroline, Jacqueline was also added to the witness list to testify about Danielle’s “dishonest reputation.”

RadarOnline also reported a week ago that Danielle offered Kevin a settlement deal, but he ultimately rejected it.

“I really don’t want to go back to that dark place. Every time I’ve moved on the tide tries to pull me back in. I’m enjoying the sun. Let me be,” said Jacqueline, who is set to take the stand in February 2011.

In other NJ news, Dina Manzo tweeted a rare picture of she and her husband Tommy Manzo, who has never appeared on the Bravo show. That photo is below -

Teresa Giudice of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is opening up on a number of topics.

In a new interview with Parade, Teresa discusses her former cast-mate Danielle Staub, her future, and she also touches on what we reported a while back, which is that she has a college degree. Yes folks, Teresa is college educated as she tells Parade she thinks she is the only NJ housewife with a degree. And unlike her fellow cast-mate, Caroline Manzo, who gave Bravo a ‘Me or Danielle’ ultimatum, Teresa actually voices that she would have been okay with Danielle’s return to the show.

Excerpts from Teresa’s interview below -

Do you have any regrets about getting involved with The Real Housewives of New Jersey?
“Nothing could prepare you for being instantly famous. Being on the show was the best thing I ever did — and the worst thing. Yeah, the paparazzi and the fake stories about my family are aggravating, but we choose to concentrate on the blessings–the great things that came out of it, like my New York Times best-selling cookbook, Skinny Italian, meeting so many wonderful fans, things like that.”

All of your fans are very concerned about your, Joe’s and the girls’ well-being. Is your family really $11 million in debt?
“I really appreciate everyone’s concern. I get the sweetest, most uplifting letters from people. And yes, Joe and me and the girls are all happy and healthy. We’re in God’s hands. What more could I ask?

Do you think that you will have to sell your gorgeous house? Or will you have to get a job?
“I have a job! I have four jobs actually. My first and most important job is being a mommy. But I’m also an author, I run an online boutique, and I make appearances around the country. I think I’m the only New Jersey Housewife that actually went to college. I have a fashion degree and worked as a buyer for Calvin Klein and Macy’s before I had kids. I’ve always worked. I love to work. But my family comes first.”

You truly “sizzle” in the commercial for Sizzles Tanning Salon in Totowa, N.J. How did that come about?
“I just signed with ICM [International Creative Management, a leading talent agency], so yes, you’re going to be seeing a lot more of me! I’m also releasing my own fragrance, a make-up line — and a line of cookware.”

It’s official: Bravo announced that Danielle Staub will not be returning to The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
“If Danielle was on or off the show, it didn’t bother me. I can deal with her. And I’m certainly not afraid of her or anything. Was she fired? You’ll have to ask Bravo.”

In other news, despite Teresa’s claims that she and her sister-in-law/newest NJ housewife Melissa Gorga are not at war, their facebook and twitter postings tell a very different story.

As we have reported, the two ladies do not get along – at all, mostly due to what sources say is the constant mistreatment and non acceptance of Melissa by Teresa. But we’ll let you be the judge. Check out the following twitter postings made by both ladies last week. Please feel free to pay attention to the timelines -

Guess who else was at Audriana’s small family party? My brother Joe, my sister-in-law Melissa and their gorgeous kids. xx 8:33 PM Sep 21st via web

Here’s a pic of Melissa & my baby nephew Joey at the party. Neither of them are black or not speaking to me. Hmm.. http://twitpic.com/2qqp7d 8:35 PM Sep 21st via web

Don’t you love little Joey’s outfit? I brought it to him when I visited him at the hospital. So much for those feud rumors… xx 8:36 PM Sep 21st via web

Above are all tweets by Teresa trying to dispell the rumors. It however seems Melissa wasn’t buying it as she made the following tweets -

This is a first… What a JOKE! 9:34 PM Sep 21st via web

Well I think we have never made it to a tweet or even a mention at all, why now… hmmmmm, good night! 9:41 PM Sep 21st via web

All joking aside, the past is the past, everyone starts with a fresh slate, family is family, period. 11:27 AM Sep 22nd via web

What a day, can a leopard change its spots? I’m not to sure yet… 5:23 PM Sep 22nd via web

Must say I love the balls on this chick named Melissa Gorga. I’m guessing Teresa badly wants to mend things with Melissa as not to appear as a phony and mean person to her fans on the new season of the NJ Housewives. Teresa’s popularity has taken a major hit with the news of her $11 mil bankruptcy filing and irresponsible spending. Having her true colors shown on the new season of the show will definitely not help matters.

So far, it seems Melissa isn’t willing to play along with the phoniness. Plus if Melissa is even telling half the truth about the awful way Teresa has treated her in the past, then I must say that Teresa is a pretty crappy being. And there’s a whole lot more interesting exchanges between these women. For example, just this week, Teresa posted that she was taking dance classes, after which Melissa called her a “copycat,” later posting that she had been taking dance classes for the past 4 months.

And again, I ask regarding the 3rd season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, Danielle Staub who? The addition of Melissa to the show is absolutely genius. Also, as of the moment, it does not seem like Bravo wants Dina Manzo back. Can’t say I blame them considering Dina’s husband refuses to do the show, and Dina’s ex-husband has now reportedly banned their daughter from appearing on the show.

Teresa and Joe GiudiceA lot of Real Housewives of New Jersey news to report today so we’ll get right to it.

First, RadarOnline is reporting that Joe Giudice, husband of Teresa Giudice, has been released from jail after serving 8 days of his 10-day sentence for driving with a suspended license.

According to Radar, Joe was wearing a black and white jump suit as he walked out of the jail’s lobby around 6 a.m. this morning. His brother, Pete, and friend, John, were waiting to pick him up. The trio left in a jeep. Joe refused to answer any questions, simply telling reporters “get outta here.”

Moving on to Ashley Holmes. The 20-year-old daughter of Jacqueline Laurita announced she is quitting the show via her twitter page over the weekend.

“Hey everyone..just so you know..as of right now..i will not be returning for season 3.. but my mother will..i hope we can all still chat :),” wrote Ashley. No reason was given for her leaving the show, but judging from the “as of right now” statement, we’ll take a gander and blame it all on contract/negotiation/money issues with Bravo.

The 3rd season of the NJ Housewives has yet to begin filming so perhaps Ashley might still return to the show.

Finally, RadarOnline is also reporting today that there is an additional new NJ housewife on the block. If you recall, they broke the story weeks ago that Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, whom she absolutely does not get along with despite her public denials, had joined the cast.

Well it seems things are about to get worse for Teresa. Sources tell Radar Bravo has asked Katherina Wakile to join the cast, and that Teresa is none too happy about this. Why? Well apparently Katherina is Teresa’s cousin!

“Teresa isn’t happy that her family is being asked to join the cast,” a source told Radar. “She feels as if her entire family is being approached to be a part of the show.”

The source adds that Teresa has yet to sign on for the 3rd season, but judging from the news that her second cookbook will be released in May, 2011, around the same time the 3rd season of the show is set to premiere, something tells us Teresa will be signing that dotted line any day now.

As reported weeks ago, fired Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub has two spin-off shows in the works.

The first show, a show she will reportedly host about the lifestyles of the rich and famous, has been picked up by the WealthTV network, a network most are not familiar with.

Well, RadarOnline is now reporting it is Danielle’s other spin-off show, the one based on her personal life, that has the networks in a frenzy, with most major networks vying to sign her, Bravo included.

“Danielle has been taking meetings with networks and production companies and so far there’s a solid offer from a major network,” a source told Radar.

According to Radar, VH1 is the major network that has made Danielle an offer. Danielle also met up with Bravo last Thursday, though Bravo has yet to make an official offer. Other networks Dirty D met up with? A&E, WE tv and CBS.

“Everyone’s interested because it’s all about the star behind the reality star-her life as a mom, manager, musician, her relationships and her private life,” adds Danielle the source.

TELL US – LOVE HER OR HATE HER, WOULD YOU WATCH DANIELLE’S SPIN-OFF?


Danielle Staub and Lori Michaels

Is Danielle Staub’s faux girlfriend Lori Michaels two timing her? According to a new report, that is the case.

According to the National Enquirer, via Showbizspy, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s girlfriend, lesbian superstar Lori, is cheating on her with her sexy back-up dancer Courtney Lynch.

“Danielle is crazy about Lori, but doesn’t know she’s seeing another woman,” a source said. “Lori is a proud, openly gay woman, and the relationship with Danielle is just an amusing sidetrack for her. She’s really with Courtney.”

The source adds, “And if Danielle expects something serious and long-lasting with Lori, she’s going to end up being one heartbroken housewife.” A picture of Courtney Lynch is below courtesy NJ.com. She is the dancer on the left.

In other NJ news, TMZ is reporting this morning that Bravo has put the kibosh on a classy table flipping contest that was set to be hosted by the always classy Teresa Giudice.

The reason? Apparently Bravo thought it was a dumb PR move. The club owner of The Funkey Monkey in Delaware tells TMZ they will now be holding a Teresa look alike contest.

Another day, another hook-up between a Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of New Jersey star.

Just weeks after the reported hook-up between Angelina Pivarnick and Albie Manzo, RadarOnline is now reporting that the newest cast member of Jersey Shore, Deena Cortese had a steamy dance session with Christopher Manzo, son of Caroline Manzo.

According to RadarOnline, the two ran into each other in the VIP section of the 118 Lounge this past Saturday, where they reportedly got down and dirty on the dance floor.

“Deena was basically humping Chris in front of everyone,” said an onlooker. No word on what happened between the two following their dry humping session on the dance floor.

RadarOnline describes Deena as a foul mouthed wild child. Deena, a friend of Snooki’s, will make her debut on the third season of the Jersey Shore.

A new episode of the Jersey Shore airs tonight on MTV at 10/9c.

According to a new report, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is not happy that her deposition video has leaked online.

Just days after TMZ posted the video, which shows Caroline admitting she gave Bravo an ultimatum that she would not return to the show if Danielle Staub did, Zap2It is reporting today that Caroline is fighting to get the video taken off the net.  Wonder why?

Zap2It reports that sources close to Caroline tell them she’s working with Bravo to try and get the video pulled, though she’s uncertain TMZ will cooperate.

As for the reason Caroline wants the video off the web, a source says it’s not because she doesn’t stand by what she said or that she’s scared of Danielle, but rather because she wants the “Danielle Drama” over with and completely out of her life.

In other NJ news, days after Life&Style broke the story of Danielle Staub’s Range Rover getting repossessed, a rep for the fired Bravo housewife is now denying the story to HollywoodLife, claiming the story is “untrue.”

“As for false statement out there saying her truck was repossessed this weekend … the lease was up and she turned it in … plain and simple,” claims Danielle’s rep.  Riiiight.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE VIDEO SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN? DO YOU BELIEVE DANIELLE’S STORY?

RadarOnline is reporting today that Joe Giudice has turned himself in to begin serving his 10-day jail sentence.

The Lincoln Park Police Department confirms that Joe, husband of Real Housewives of NJ star Teresa Giudice, turned himself in at 9 a.m. this morning, just days after a judge ordered him to do jail time for driving with a suspended driver’s license. Joe has been transferred to the Morris County Correctional Facility where he will be serving the 10-day sentence.

According to Radar, Joe will be alone in an 8 by 10 foot cell.  “Since it’s a high profile case and he has a short stay he will be in the cell alone,” says a source.  Who knew appearing on a housewives series made someone “high profile.”

Radar is also reporting that Joe isn’t too worried about doing his hard time.  He reportedly told a family member this morning that jail is just like a “vacation”.

“He doesn’t care if he goes to jail because he said then he gets paid because the magazines will want his story,” a source told Radar.  “He said he’ll be on vacation and getting paid at the same time.”  Guess we should be expecting a “Joe Goes To Jail!” headline on the cover of a weekly magazine any day now, along with an exclusive interview and exclusive jail photos.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON JOE GOING  TO JAIL AND HIS COMMENTS?

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