When news of the firing of Danielle Staub hit weeks ago, a few media outlets revealed the reason was an ultimatum given to Bravo by the Manzos.
Well, we can now confirm today that ultimatum is indeed true and fact. TMZ obtained a video of Caroline Manzo during her on camera deposition in the defamation lawsuit filed against Danielle by her ex-husband, Kevin Maher.
In the video, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star reveals she delivered a strict ultimatum to the show’s producers — if Danielle returned for another season … she’d quit the show.
“I did tell Bravo and Sirens that there is no amount of money you could put on the table for me next year,” said Caroline, adding that “if Danielle Staub is on the show, I am out because my integrity means too much to me … so for Season 3, they know it’s either Danielle or myself.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CAROLINE’S ULTIMATUM? DID BRAVO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE?
In what some fans of the show saw coming from a mile away, RadarOnline is reporting today that there is a major rift between Caroline Manzo and Teresa Giudice.
According to RadarOnline, Caroline and Teresa are now on the outs because Caroline is tired of all of Teresa’s drama. A source even tells the site the two ladies hate each other! “Caroline is not talking to Teresa,” says an insider to Radar. “She is just tired of all the drama. She is just keeping her distance. She doesn’t mind if Teresa is on the show, but they all hate each other now.”
The insider adds, “She feels that Teresa has gotten to carried away with everything and she is just aggravated with her.” Radar also reiterates the news that Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga, whom she hates, will be on the show next season. Must say season 3 of the NJ Housewives is looking good right about now.
This reported rift between Caroline and Teresa doesn’t come as a surprise, as the two ladies have had some rather interesting things to say regarding the other’s behavior this season.
Here’s what Teresa wrote in her Bravo blog regarding Caroline’s complaints about her kids on the trip to Italy -
“I don’t know why Caroline was so crabby. I know she was sick before we left and in pain, but she could have stayed home like Dina. What did she think it was going to be like with 20 people and babies? It wasn’t a romantic honeymoon for her and Albert. I don’t know why that shocked her. And I’m sorry she felt uncomfortable when we were all speaking Italian, but hello, it’s Italy! Her Italian grandfather might not have taught her Italian, but I think she’s had plenty of time over the years to learn it if she wanted to!”
And Below is what Caroline had to say in her blog about Teresa’s outburst on part 1 of the reunion show -
“First things first. I expected yelling, screaming, and tears. I NEVER expected Andy to get tossed like a rag doll. I was in complete shock when that happened. Actually, I had to compose myself because I wanted to cry. Seriously, I did. When Teresa jumped off the couch and approached Danielle it was literally within the first ten minutes of filming. The only thing going through my mind at that moment, beyond the obvious WTF is going on, was that I couldn’t sit through hours and hours of this. If this is happening now, what’s it going to be like when we get to the real issues? Thank God it never got to that level again, it was an ugly moment. Ugly, ugly, ugly.”
TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED CAROLINE AND TERESA ARE NOW ON THE OUTS?
She is baaack! Bravo has announced the all new fourth season of The Millionaire Matchmaker will return on October 19 at 9pm ET/PT.
Even better, in an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars, Albie Manzo, 24 and Chris Manzo, 21 will appear on the show this season, as Patti Stanger will attempt to fix them up. A source told the NYPost back in June that the boys were interested in “brunette, Italian-Catholic girls.” No word yet on if mama bear Caroline Manzo will make a special appearance.
The fourth season of the show marks the big move from Los Angeles to New York City. The always crude Patti mentioned in a previous interview that the toughest part of filming in NYC was “finding hot girls” in the city. Patti is also pulling out all the stops this season, as she will be introducing a few new tricks including a spy camera, lie detector test and hiring a make-up specialist from “Saturday Night Live.”
According to Bravo, we can expect the most over-the-top bachelors and bachelorettes yet, including a Wall Street to beach bum, Judith Regan – the queen of all media, and Freddie Mitchell – ex-wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Patti’s recent break-up with ex-fiance Andy Friedman will likely not be a topic this season, as the filming for the show had ended before it happened. Returning alongside Patti is Chief Operating Officer Destin Pfaff, and newly promoted Rachel Federoff, now the VP of Matching.
UPDATE - Thanks to our reader Valerie, it seems Chelsea Autumn is no longer on the show. According to Chelsea’s facebook page, she now works as the head matchmaker for a company called Queen of Hearts, Inc. Wonder what led to Chelsea’s departure…
The latest is a new report by RadarOnline, which details Caroline’s recent testimony against Danielle in a Federal defamation lawsuit filed against Danielle by her ex-husband, Kevin Maher. Kevin is accusing Danielle of defaming him in media outlets and in her memoir, The Naked Truth.
In her testimony, Caroline, who was called to testify on behalf of Kevin, recalled the many tales Danielle told her about him. “She depicted him as a monster,” said Caroline during the July 22 deposition. “She depicted him as someone who would beat her daily, as someone that put her in the hospital due to the beatings, I want to say on more than one occasion.”
Caroline continued, “She claimed to have been hiding in a tree at some point, afraid that when he came home he would find her and beat her. She claimed to be the victim of prostitution due to his demands, that he put her into that world, again depicting him as an absolute monster. And the only reason she stayed with him, because she feared for her life if she left.”
According to Radar, Danielle has filed a motion with the court to have the case dismissed. An hearing for that has been set for September 27.
In other news, Danielle continues to talk to any media outlet willing to listen. The latest is her claims that she has not one, but two spin-off shows in the works! Danielle is claiming one of the shows will be a reality show based on her life a la Bethenny Getting Married, while the other will have her hosting a show a la Jerry Springer.
Danielle, pictured above on Friday snagging freebies at a MTV VMA retreat (feel free to check out the items in the photo background), told RadarOnline her reality show will be better than that of Bethenny Frankel. “It’s going to be better because it’s actually going to keep people awake and on the edge of their seats,” Danielle told Radar. “They’re going to want to see what I’m doing, where I’m going, who I’m wearing, what I’m wearing, who I’m chewing up and spitting out, maybe who I’m dating, maybe who I’m not, what is going on in my real life … and the one thing people say, love me or hate me, I keep it real and you’re paying attention.”
Danielle also shares she will be revealing her sexual orientation on her show. As for her other show, Danielle says she will be hosting it. “It’s going to be over the top and definitely something that I think people are going to be quite surprised that I’m going to be able to do and who I’m replacing.”
And while we continue to remain suspicious about Danielle’s “two shows,” HollywoodLife is reporting today that Danielle had a camera crew in tow during an OK magazine event last night. Danielle revealed to the site that one of her shows will be titled Social and will air on the WealthTV network. And no, we’ve never heard of the WealthTV network either, just in case you’re wondering.
“I’m replacing Robin Leach basically, of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, but with a twist,” she says. “There will be more socializing with the rich and famous celebrities and we’ll show how they give back as well.” Danielle says she will tape the first episode this Thursday — and will tape for 26 straight weeks. “Each week I’ll have a different celebrity or billionaire,” she says adding, “I’ll be filming anywhere from New Jersey all the way to India. We have a lot of celebrities lined up but I can’t tell you their names yet. Lori Michaels [her rumored girlfriend] will be a part of this too.”
Danielle confirmed to HollyWoodLife that her kids will appear on both shows. Poor kids.
TELL US – LOVE HER OR HATE HER, WOULD YOU WATCH A DANIELLE SPIN-OFF SHOW?
The 48-year-old reality star who was fired by Bravo, despite her claims that she left the show on her own accord, is giving out interviews to every media outlet that is willing to listen to her. In the process, she is making certain to bash her fellow housewives, while spilling some of their secrets. In fact, the only housewife not to bear the brunt of Danielle is Jacqueline Laurita, who famously made up with her during the reunion show.
In an interview with Steppin’ Out magazine via RadarOnline, Danielle goes as far as to refer to Teresa Giudiceas an “ape” while stating that Teresa’s husband Joe Giudice “loves his strippers.” Excerpts are below -
Danielle on Teresa’s Looks –
“She needs a hairline revision. Planet of the Apes has nothing on her!.. She reminds me of Cornelius from Planet of the Apes. Could you imagine if her face is that hairy what her body hair must be like? It’s got to be out of control.”
Danielle on Teresa and hubby Joe affair rumors –
“I would not doubt that for a second. I hear that all the time. I was hearing those rumors before we even taped the show. Joe loves his strippers. Maybe that’s another reason Teresa hates me. She forgets I used to be a stripper. I’m not a stripper anymore. Don’t hate us all… If she was making Joe happy maybe he wouldn’t have to go some place else. I don’t know what goes on in their bedroom, but from what I’ve seen, Teresa is not exactly a turn on. Her forehead is disturbing. But it’s not even about her looks.”
Danielle wasn’t done yet as she also gave an interview to OUT magazine, during which she trashed Caroline and Dina Manzo. In the interview, Danielle claims she is friends with Teresa’s brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Melissa Gorga, while stating that Teresa treats them very poorly and that she is jealous of their wealth. Excerpts below -
Why did what you said about her nephew make Teresa so mad in the first place?
Teresa never greeted her nephew. I have proof of that in email. She never said congratulations to her brother when her nephew was born. Her brother has been directly contacting me for the past year and a half, letting me know how he feels about his sister. And how he and his wife — pregnant wife — were thrown from her house because they brought my favorite cookies to Christmas Eve… Teresa threw a hissy fit. And not once do you see her with her brother and her sister-in-law and their beautiful children. Not once! But she glorifies everybody else. Why couldn’t she show her real family? Why? Just tell me why? Because they have more than her maybe? Because she’s jealous of them maybe? Or maybe they would have told the truth and said Teresa goes off like that all the time. “It’s not just Danielle. Teresa’s certifiably crazy.” I think they’re going to have their chance now to speak the truth. Go for it, I’m all behind you.
Did you try to get Dina’s kids taken away from her?
No, I don’t even know her daughter’s last name. I do know that Dina did a whole article devoted to trying to make the world believe that I did that, but Dina’s not doing the show because she forged a legal document with her ex-husband’s name on it, giving her daughter permission to do season 1. And when her ex-husband found out about it, he forbade her to do season 2, leaving Dina with nobody in her immediate family — her daughter or her husband, who never taped with her once — to do anything with her. So she left the show because she was too embarrassed to say that she forged a legal document. I had to have my ex-husband sign for my children. She didn’t do that. But again, Dina lies, and everybody swears by it. Dina is more fake than the whole lot of them. It’s just that she’s the baby of the family, so Caroline’s going to keep backing her up. I am truly the only gay advocate. And I’ll tell you one thing, none of them can prove to me they’ve walked one foot in any Pride. Where I have walked, continuously over the years, a total this past year of eleven miles. In stilettos. To support and lift up, and be there, and hug and embrace my gay community. And I will continue to do that. I speak for equality, and I always have.
This comes as no surprise as Danielle has always shown just how vindictive she is. In other news, TMZ posted some bikini photos of the elderly Kim G. this morning, and yes you read that right, bikini photos. No word on how TMZ got the photos or why exactly, but so umm yeah, the photos are below.
“Do you not think I have better things to do with my time than to drive by the streets of Franklin Lakes?” were the words of Danielle Staub, who was shown during the season premiere driving by the streets of Franklin Lakes to stalk spy on her castmates.
The above statement pretty much summed up part 2 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion. It was mostly the others accusing and confronting Danielle, who’s MO coming into the reunion taping seemed to be Deny, Lie, Deny, Lie, Deny and more Deny. And despite Andy Cohen’s claim that the part 2 of the reunion would be more shocking and more dramatic than the first part, it was all but obvious last night that the best had come and gone last week.
The reunion starts out with Danielle being confronted about the events that took place during the Brownstone charity fundraiser. Immediately, we see Danielle denying things she said, you know, things that we all saw her say on national television.
Danielle’s ex-con buddy, Danny‘s use of a gay slur, is then brought up. Danielle immediately goes on the defensive and keeps saying she will not take responsibility for Danny’s comment. Perhaps I missed something, but no one was asking Danielle to take responsibility for his comment, they were simply asking her why she was never shown condemning Danny’s use of the word, or scolding him about it, considering she is a gay advocate and all. And by gay advocate, I wonder if that means exploiting a faux lesbian relationship for self promotion?
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So what can we expect? Well, Kim G. makes her return as she comes back for a special appearance to call Danielle out on using her and being a bad friend.
Other serious allegations are brought up in the reunion, which include the story behind Danielle and Ashley’s texting war. Last week Teresa unleashed her anger on Danielle and this week the rest of the ladies are ready to join in. Will Danielle make it through the reunion shoot or will she flee the scene again? Find out tonight at 9/8c.
In other news, last week’s reunion episode brought in a Bravo housewives best at 3.9 million viewers, making it the most watched housewives episode in the history of the Bravo network.
Back to tonight’s episode,Andy Cohen did a new interview with E! online during which he assured us the part 2 of the reunion would shock us even more than the first (Is this even possible?).
“What I’ll tell you is that Jacqueline has something of an epiphany somewhere through the taping and her epiphany is really going to surprise people,” said Andy to E!. “Two things happen that I never would expect to happen in million years. Literally, the shots of me, my mouth is on the floor.”
Interesting words from Andy. Could Jacqueline be the housewife that will reportedly leave the show forever? Guess we’ll find out tonight!
A preview clip of tonight’s episode is below.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE PREVIEW AND PART 2 OF THE REUNION?
The super-sized Real Housewives of New Jersey part 1 reunion episode aired last night. The good news? With the exception of some of our brain cells, the show ended with no casualties.
For some odd reason, I assumed the highly promoted “fight scene” between Teresa, Danielle and innocent bystander Andy, would occur in part 2 of the reunion set to air next week, but thanks to the ape-like animal instincts ofTeresa Giudice, all the drama went down within the first 20 minutes of the show!
The reunion started out with host Andy Cohen greeting each of the ladies, while issuing them phony compliments, buttering them up for the madness that is about to ensue. Andy decides to ask the ladies about that other little Jersey show aka the Jersey Shore, and Teresa, who likes to request an occasional spanking on her bottom in public, immediately lets us know she does not approve. When asked why, Teresa reveals one of the female cast members jumped into bed with a guy on the show after barely knowing him.
All was going well until Teresa decided to take a dig at Danielle 2 minutes into the show. “I think Danielle could relate to them, right Danielle? Because after a week you met Steve, you slept with him in my Shore house, in front of your kids. That was okay, right, right?” Danielle calmly refers to Teresa as insane, and Teresa retorts by calling Danielle a pig. Jacqueline chimes in, stating that Danielle’s kids heard her having sex with her ex Steve on that faithful day. More on Danielle’s kids later, as we will discover their mother’s actions is taking a toll on them.
Andy decides to ask the ladies how their kids are dealing with the notoriety of the show. Danielle immediately lets us know her kids are doing amazingly well, you know, despite the fact that their prostitution whore of a mother is on national television acting loony, and released a sex tape just a few months ago.
Danielle is accused of not congratulating Jacqueline when she had her baby boy. So she congratulates Jacqueline, who fake accepts the congrats. Dina Manzo‘s name comes up, and the big topic of last year’s reunion show is brought up, which was the accusation by the other ladies that Danielle did something very awful to Dina. Dina has since come out this year, stating in a national magazine that Danielle offered unsolicited help to her ex-husband to try to have her daughter taken away from her. But what we didn’t know is that following the publication of Dina’s interview with Life&Style magazine, Danielle had her lawyers issue a gag order to Dina, forbidding her from discussing Danielle’s role in whole issue.
“We can’t talk about it. Can’t talk about it! End, done, next,” proclaimsCaroline Manzo. Danielle doesn’t yield to Caroline’s command and continues to discuss the issue. “Do not speak of my sister! Did you hear what I said? Do not speak of my sister, she is not here!” screams Caroline.
And I have nothing against Caroline, but at this point I’m trying to figure out who died and made her authority over what can and cannot be discussed. Yes, I understand she wants to defend her sister, but that sister was a part of the show this season, and because she chose not to attend the reunion doesn’t make her exempt from discussion. Caroline came off as a major bully in this scene.
Some more words are exchanged amongst the ladies, and Teresa brings up the fact that Danielle failed to acknowledge Jacqueline’s son. “Do you acknowledge your nephew?” are the words uttered by Danielle, obviously meant to get a reaction out of Teresa. “Yes of course I did,” calmly replied Teresa before giving us a delayed reaction by going into an extreme rage! “Do not bring up my family!” screamed out a very angry Teresa. “You bitch, you f*cking bitch,you piece of sh*t, you motherf*cker,” were the words of Teresa, who I found out last night is actually college educated with a marketing degree.
Andy Cohen even got a powerful shove from the angry Teresa as he tried to hold her back from Danielle, who calmly walked off the stage. Okay, yes Danielle tried to push Teresa’s buttons but Teresa’s reaction was over the top, uncalled for, and pretty much a very unnecessary sequel to last season’s table flipping. Let’s assume Danielle’s accusation is untrue, why react like a lunatic? By now, we all realize what a trouble maker and sh*t stirrer Danielle is, why give her that reaction? It seems to me that Teresa’s over the top reaction as more to do with the other issues going on in her life at the moment.
We are back from commercial break and we see Caroline, who looks a bit mortified, attempting to calm down an enraged Teresa backstage. Danielle wonders out-loud why her life and past is fair game, but she’s not allowed to bring up their dirt, which is a sorta valid point. “It’s true, she didn’t even acknowledge her nephew,” says Danielle to her new posse.
Back on stage, Andy Cohen grows some balls, albeit very little balls according to the good folks at AbsurdtoSublime, when he tells Teresa she must keep her animal rage in check! Danielle is backstage relishing in her role as a victim, while being consoled by her ever changing posse. With a hug from her rumored lesbian superstar superhero girlfriend Lori Michaels, Danielle is ready to face her foes once again.