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?
Life&Style magazine is reporting that at approximately 11am EST Saturday morning, Danielle Staub had her Range Rover repossessed at the house she had been staying at.
“You should have seen the begging,” an eyewitness tells Life & Style. “Danielle pleaded with the repo guys but they had their job to do, and they did it.”
Life&Style reports Danielle has been having financial troubles since the court took over her final checks from the Bravo network. She fell behind on her car payments and is reportedly penniless. No word on why the court took control of Danielle’s checks.
According to Popeater, Bethenny is still under contract with Bravo to appear on one more season of the show. This means the decision to appear or not appear on the show is completely up to Bravo, and not Bethenny.
“Bethenny’s contract with ‘Housewives’ is for another year,” a Bravo network executive tells Popeater. “Even though she has a contract for her own spin-off reality show, she needs to honor the contact she originally signed.”
And when it comes to Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub getting a spin-off show on another network, not so fast says Popeater. Apparently Danielle’s contract with Bravo clearly states she cannot work for another network for several more years without Bravo’s written permission.
“These ladies think they are superstars now and that something like a contract doesn’t matter,” an insider reveals. “Well, think again. Bravo isn’t in the business of creating stars and then letting them go to other networks. That just isn’t going to happen.”
In other housewives news, Danielle is now claiming former co-star Dina Manzo is sending her threatening text messages. “Dina texts me,” said Danielle to E! News. “Yep, Dina—who’s not even on the Housewives anymore. She’s hanging for dear life. Shut the f–k up, Dina!”
“She’s threatening me,” Danielle claims. “She’s an idiot. I don’t answer them.” Dina however denies this. “I left for a reason to get her out of my life,” said Dina. “I wish she would just do the same and move on.”
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?
Naomi appeared on Thursday’s episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live during which she called Danielle’s archenemy, Teresa Giudice, a “role model.”
In a new interview with RadarOnline, Danielle makes it clear she is not pleased with Naomi’s comments. “Isn’t that somebody that’s physically attacked and abused other, let’s see…women? Yeah, so her and Teresa do have a lot in common,” Danielle told Radar referencing Naomi’s numerous violent outbursts, which includes throwing a cell phone at her maid in 2007, and assaulting two police officers in London’s Heathrow airport just a year later.
Danielle had a lot more to say. “I didn’t mess with her family! I stated the truth,” Danielle said. “Naomi, pay attention, please! I’m going to tell you the same thing I told Teresa. Pay attention before you make comments in stupidity.”
Danielle also defends her comments towards Teresa. “I did not comment on her family… I stated two facts this season: she is in foreclosure and… according to her sister-in-law, who was in direct contact with me along with her brother, [she] never said congratulations or acknowledged the birth of her nephew,” Danielle said referring to Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorga.
As for Naomi and Teresa, Danielle believes “they get each other because they both got bad, bad, bad tempers” adding that the two violent prone ladies “should definitely hang out.”
Seems like Danielle is really working overtime in the press, doing whatever it takes in hopes of getting her spin-off show picked up by a network.
The fired housewife filmed a parody for Style network’s The Dish, during which she played a wholesome housewife in a sitcom show titled, Don’t Staub Believin.
In the spoof, Danielle, dressed in an old fashioned housewife costume, can be seen baking, wiping down a pole, and greeting an ape like figure at the door, that she refers to as Teresa Giudice. The clip is below –
Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen returned this Thursday, and the hilarity ensued when surprise guest caller Naomi Campbell called into the show, and referred to Teresa Giudiceas a “role model.”
The cell phone throwing super model told Teresa, “How do you do it? You have four kids, you take care of your family, you cook and clean. I mean, you have no help at all. How do you do it?! You’re a role model. It’s like, you dress all your kids. They’re always….it’s amazing.”
Oddly enough, the table flipping/host shoving Teresa, who reportedly uses her mother as a nanny, appeared a bit tongue tied in answering the question. “I don’t know how I do it, I just do,” replied Teresa. “Everyone asks me, I swear to God, but I have a lot of energy. And great genes, I guess.”
And when it comes to Teresa’s infamous shoving of Andy, Naomi made it clear she was on Team Teresa. “I understood,” said Naomi. “She didnt see [him] at that moment. you mess with her family and that’s what you get!”
The Real Housewives of New Jerseystar tells the mag, ““After watching the reunion special, I realized that I am a much better person.” Teresa also tells the mag that Danielle has done a lot to her off the show including befriending the wife of Joe’s former business partner’s lawyer in order to garner information about she and Joe’s affairs.
Teresa also states “Danielle has been digging around my extended family, trying to find dirt on me and defame them, but I want to set the best example for my children,” adding, “I just want to move on with my life.”
Danielle is however singing a different tune in the newest issue of UsWeekly magazine, telling the mag she got the information about Teresa’s nephew straight from the horse’s mouth or from Teresa’s sister-in-law Melissa Gorgarather.
“The baby I was talking about is Melissa’s,” admits Danielle to UsWeekly. “Teresa’s sister-in-law has a major beef with Teresa and Joe. Melissa was made to feel like an outsider. Teresa treats them like they’re no good.”
Danielle adds that Teresa tried to keep her sis-in-law, rumored to be Danielle’s replacement on the upcoming season, off the show. “In the beginning, Melissa and her family were at the events at Teresa’s, but you never see them on camera. In my opinion, there’s some jealousy there.”
Teresa however denies Danielle’s claim, telling the mag, “It is my brother, and I love him and his family.” And when it comes to the story that Melissa has been added to the cast, Teresa remains in denial plays coy stating: “I hear mixed things. [Melissa] says yes, then the says no.” Teresa then added that “Bravo is trying to pit us against each other.” Perhaps Teresa should read her sister-in-law’s facebook postings about her.
Danielle however makes it clear the two hate each other. “Those two are probably going to kill each other!” says Danielle of Teresa and Melissa being on the show together.
As we reported earlier this week, Danielle also revealed in another interview that she communicates with Melissa and her husband Joe Gorga. If the story of Joe and Melissa communicating with Danielle rings true, then must say it’s a very clear sign of just how they really feel about Teresa.
In other news, NJ.com is reporting that a suit was filed against Melissa Gorga last week by a sprinkler company for $50,000 worth of work on an apartment complex in Paterson, NJ.
The lawsuit complaint accuses Melissa, her husband Joe and their business, Gorga Enterprises Inc. of breach of contract, unjustly enriching themselves by misdeeds, and failing to pay for work performed by the Bravante Automatic Sprinkler Corp. Seems like Melissa should have no trouble fitting right in with her fellow co-stars.
The Danielle Staub press tour continues, with more details of her interview with Steppin’ Out magazine coming out.
As we reported yesterday, the Real Housewives of New Jerseystar completely trashed her co-stars in the magazine story. She referred to Teresa Giudiceas an “ape” before spilling some details about Teresa’s shaky relationship with her brother and sister-in-law.
Today, RadarOnline and E! Online have posted some more parts of Danielle’s interview, as she finally admits to being bisexual and even claims she slept with Prince in the past. Excerpts are below –
On being bisexual –
Danielle: I’ve had six relationships with women and I will tell you women kiss better than men. That’s very, very true. I remember each and every one of them. Hi girls!
Steppin’ Out: Is it fair to describe you as bisexual? Danielle: I don’t really like labels. I’m trying to keep that part of my life as private as possible. Let’s just say I’m interested in sexuality. When I’m ready to say it officially, I’ll be sure to put you on the list of people that should know.
On sleeping with Prince –
Steppin’ Out: What about Prince? I can’t picture you and him in bed together. Danielle: Yeah, but when you’re lying down you’re all the same height! Plus he wore heels. The one thing I’ll tell you about Prince is that he is the best kisser in the world. The guy can kiss. Kissing to me is really important. I was actually thinking about writing a kissing book.
Danielle: “The reason Melissa initially contacted me was to tell me she felt so horrible watching somebody else be treated as badly as she was treated by Teresa for over a decade. She said that when Teresa is jealous and threatened by another woman that’s how she behaves.”
TELL US – ARE YOU GLAD DANIELLE IS GONE FROM NJ HOUSEWIVES? OR DO YOU SECRETLY WANT HER BACK ON THE SHOW?