It’s a new day in the Garden State, and that means everyone is suddenly singing the praises of ex-villain, Danielle Staub, including Real Housewives Of New Jersey’s very own Melissa Gorga. The season eight premiere set viewers up for some interesting dynamics to come, including Siggy Flicker being batsh*t cray-cray, the introduction of pigtail-bedecked Margaret Josephs (who actually seems kind of bada$$ and potentially awesome), and the return of Danielle. Melissa, for one, couldn’t be more delighted that she’s no longer the villain with this new setup!
But the first episode also replayed the sad loss of Joe Gorga and Teresa Giudice’s beloved mother, Antonia, who passed away earlier this year. Melissa admits it was painful to watch it all back again. “Watching the memories of my mother-in-law and hearing her voice brought instant tears to my eyes. She was a wonderful woman, and her life was taken way too young. I never thought I would see the day that Joe broke down and couldn’t work or get out of bed. He was devastated and heartbroken for weeks and still is.”
Whenever Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo are brought up in conversation, my mind immediately moves to the mysterious feud between the former Real Housewives of New Jersey stars. With that said, I couldn’t help wondering if Dina and Caroline were in touch after Dina and her boyfriend David Cantin were beaten and burglarized over the weekend.
As of now, there’s no confirmation on whether or not the estranged siblings have interacted, but Caroline and her brother Chris Laurita did speak out about the tragedy and they have nothing but kind words for Dina.
Yesterday was Mother’s Day and like all days – and holidays and visits to the doctor or grocery store, or when one buys shoes, or brushes teeth, or drinks tea – our favorite reality stars took to Instagram and twitter to thank their mothers for creating them, or to thank their children for putting up with them.
Above, Ramona Singer shared, “Love being her mother @averysinger.”
A new roundup of reality TV stars social media pics to kick off your weekend!
Above: Ken Todd and Lisa Vanderpump celebrate the opening of their very pink dog rescue center Vanderpump Dogs. “Thank you to all of you who have come out to support us this week for the opening of Vanderpump Dogs Rescue Center! We are thrilled to be open!” shared Lisa. “Come visit, shop, and adopt a puppy! Follow @vanderpumpdogs for updates! #adopt #vanderpups”
I figured that Caroline as a first time grandmother and Lauren adjusting to motherhood might produce some cute material for some episodes, but unfortunately a nice family that gets along is just not ideal material for reality television.
News from the Real Housewives of New Jersey ladies has been on the quiet side since the last season went off the air. Its spin-off show Manzo’d With Children isn’t even on right now. So basically no one is getting into arguments and even the self-promotion has gone down (very slightly). This week, however, there are some little slivers of news from the Garden State reality stars.