Jacqueline Laurita

THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY -- Season:8 -- Pictured: Siggy Flicker -- (Photo by: Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo)

Based on the trailer, Season 8 of Real Housewives of New Jersey is going to be exactly what this show needs to get back on track. After that Season 6 casting misfire with the twins and Amber Marchese and a Season 7 that centered around the demise of Teresa Giudice and Jacqueline Laurita’s friendship, Season 8 appears to be the exactly what the fandom needs.

Siggy Flicker is back, but she is not the peacemaker from last year. She has a lot to address this season. From her friendship with the always controversial Kim D to her issues with the new Housewife Margaret Josephs, it looks like she will be in the thick of the drama this season. And then there’s the part of the trailer (which I can’t stop watching) where she tells Danielle Staub “you’re f-cked up” immediately after Danielle says “that’s f-cked up.” It looks like Jersey is going to be off the rails this year and Siggy teases about the “epic season” that is just a month away.

ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 15: (R-L) Jacqueline Laurita walks the red carpet during Hard Rock Cafe's 20th Anniversary bash on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, in Atlantic City, NJ. The event celebrates Hard Rock's two-decade commitment to the Atlantic City Community. (Photo by Bill McCay/Getty Images for Hard Rock Inter)

 

Even though Jacqueline Laurita is not returning as a cast member on Real Housewives of New Jersey next season, life isn’t all bad for her (excluding that whole Signature Apparel mess). Her only grandson just had his first birthday.

Jacqueline’s daughter Ashlee Holmes posted about her son Cameron turning one on social media and of course Jacqueline is thrilled about it as well.

Real Housewives Awards

Bravo is bringing back the Real Housewives Awards for the fourth year in a row. This time, the ladies from across the franchise will compete for fans’ votes in various categories within the back-to-school theme.

Fortunately, it seems like this list was compiled with the intention to make sure everyone feels included, which is nice. Unfortunately, it seems like this list was compiled with the intention to make sure everyone feels included, which means that many of the nominations do not make sense. Nevertheless, the fandom will (hopefully) make the right decisions. Either way you slice it, nominating every housewife is a good way to ensure that a lot of them show up when the awards are handed out. So at least that’s good.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jacqueline Laurita and Chris Laurita attend the Project Angel Food's Angel Awards 2016 Honoring Lisa Rinna, Mitch O'Farrell & Joseph Mannis, ESQ on September 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/Getty Images for Project Angel Food)

For those of you keeping score at home, there’s finally been some movement in the disastrous and seriously messy bankruptcy case involving former Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Jacqueline and Chris Laurita and their former company, Signature Apparel.

As you’ll recall, the company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009, but things hit a snag when several people, including Jacqueline and Chris, were accused of using the company money for extravagant personal use – like private jets and fancy ass vacations.

Jacqueline

Whether you loved her or hated her, Jacqueline Laurita was the main source of drama on Real Housewives of New Jersey last year. Without her antics, there would have been nothing to tweet about and nothing for the ladies to argue about at the reunion. Sure, it was tough to watch most of the time, but she at least gave the fans something to have an opinion about… even if your opinion wasn’t positive.

Nevertheless, even the most die hard fans of the show have to admit that it was in a real rut last season so it will be interesting to see how things play out now that Jacqueline is out of the picture.

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Another week, another gallery of the reality TV stars showing off and sharing selfies and snapshots on Twitter and Instagram. Above, Kim Richards shared, “So much Love & Laughs last night. #sisters #family #love #laughs”

Below you’ll find pics of Teen Mom 2 stars David Eason and Jenelle Evans showing off their new home, Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd sharing the “joys” of motherhood, Real Housewives of Orange County stars Vicki Gunvalson and Briana Culberson celebrating their birthdays together, former Dance Moms star Maddie Ziegler vacationing in Dubai, and more.

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WEEHAWKEN, NJ - MARCH 25: TV personality Melissa Gorga attends her birthday celebration at Molos on March 25, 2017 in Weehawken, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

The battle of the boutiques rages on! The sequined jumpsuit (oh how our Jersey girls love a good sequined jumpsuit!) Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga wore for her birthday celebrations was an apparent source of irritation for Posche owner Kim DePaola. Turns out Kim D. had posted the exact same jumpsuit on her Posche instagram (twice) two weeks before Melissa wore it out for her birthday party over the weekend.

So naturally Kim did what all the reality stars and their sidekicks do: headed to social media. Kim let everyone know she spotted the copycat look immediately and she didn’t hold back her thoughts on the situation.

Jacqueline's demands

I always wonder what really happened when a Real Housewife says she is leaving a Real Housewives show “to pursue other opportunities” or some other vague statement about moving on. With some serious exceptions, I can’t imagine why anyone would quit a show with such a large platform, so I always find it tough to believe that any of these ladies leave of their own accord. Jacqueline Laurita came clean about why she will not be back on Real Housewives of New Jersey.

As a viewer, I am honestly not a fan of Jacqueline’s, but as a self-proclaimed reality TV expert, I feel like this show needs her around to provide opposition and controversy. Sure, I could do without the popcorn promotion and the plastic surgery testimonials, but without Jacqueline we are left watching a bunch of people who get along going on local trips and cooking Sunday dinners. Even the biggest Jacqueline haters have to admit that she does have a vital role on this show. Or at the very least she needs to be replaced with someone who has just as much (if not) more drama with the rest of the cast.

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