Jacqueline Laurita

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been super dramatic, but there is definitely some dead weight if I’m keeping it real. You can fill in the blanks on this one, but in my opinion Teresa Giudice, Melissa Gorga, and Jacqueline Laurita, all make great TV, and then there are the other ladies…. I mean, people actually attacked Melissa’s 21-year-old store manager Derek Zagami, who was not even present, to get a story line. And now he is not working there anymore, is that a coincidence?

Really though. As much as I love this show (and I’m obsessed) the casting is just not 100%. Sure, I like the other cast members as people, but that doesn’t mean that they have what it takes to be entertaining on reality television. So I would actually love it if Danielle Staub returned. And believe it or not, Teresa actually agrees that Danielle should make a comeback. Wait. What?

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Melissa defends herself against Kim D's accusations

As a fan, I was really living for the Real Housewives of New Jersey trip to Vermont. Ever since I saw the trailer for this season, I have been looking forward to the Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga vs. Jacqueline Laurita screaming match, which I’m hoping will be featured in the next episode (FINALLY).

This trip had to be pretty hellish to go on – especially for someone like Siggy Flicker, who goes out of her way to be on good terms with everyone in the cast. That itself has to be a difficult task, but in the middle of the Jacqueline-centered madness, I imagine that Siggy had to feel beyond awkward.

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Real Housewives of New Jersey recap Vermont

To Vermont we go! To Vermont we go… You can take the girls out of Jersey but you can’t take the Real Housewives Of New Jersey out of the girls! Even if you put them in big giant snow boots and plain old terry cloth bathrobes. Last night also signified the return of Kim D (for Desperate!), which in my book is always a good thing! Run on with the big boys, Kim, run on!

Melissa Gorga has lofty ideas to turn the trip to Vermont into one last relaxing weekend for Teresa Giudice before Joe goes to prison and Teresa becomes a single mom. Melissa even invited Teresa’s close friends Robyn and Christina. Unfortunately, Teresa’s girls weekend is beset by problems from the get-go. Two of those problems are named Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pieri.

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On tonight’s Watch What Happens Live, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita shades Melissa Gorga, dishes on the drama in Vermont, and so much more!

Jacqueline starts off giving her take on Michael Rapaport calling her vicious, “I’m glad he’s such a fan of the show and I hope he keeps watching and supporting the show. I think all of us have been vicious on the show. And Michael, I think you’ve been a little vicious yourself.”

Ashlee gets engaged

As happy as I am for anyone getting engaged, I couldn’t help feeling a little underwhelmed watching Jacqueline Laurita’s daughter Ashlee Holmes get proposed to by Pete Malleo on Real Housewives of New Jersey.

It seemed quick and I was very confused by the “I’m proud of you” line. It came off like it was blurted out and I didn’t feel the magic that I was expecting from the moment. Well, I wasn’t the only one who wasn’t feeling that part of the episode, since Ashlee critiqued it in a post on social media.

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Jacqueline can't stay out of Teresa's family issues

Ever since Jacqueline Laurita shared her family’s financial difficulties during the premiere of Real Housewives of New Jersey this season, I can’t help feeling like she’s determined to stay on this show. Don’t get me wrong, I would feel the same way, but I feel like she’s just such a shit stirrer, especially when it comes to Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga’s family drama. She seems like more of an instigator than a peacemaker since she has no qualms interfering and criticizing Teresa and Melissa for how they handle familial issues.

Now, Jacqueline has taken it upon herself to be the crusader for Kathy Wakile and Rosie Pierri. I know she is legitimately friends with them and cares about their well-being, but I feel like she is always riling them up to talk shit about Teresa and adding fuel to the fire. Sure, a big part of being on reality TV is talking about your feelings to create story line, but Kathy and Rosie are not even Housewives, so it’s a little much for me.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Delilah Belle Hamlin, Amelia Gray Hamlin, Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna 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)

The ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills turned out to support Lisa Rinna as she was honored at the Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards 2016. Camille Grammer, Kyle Richards, and newbie Eden Sassoon were among those spotted at the event.  Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Jacqueline and Chris Laurita were also photographed in attendance.

Other reality stars were out and about over the weekend, celebrating pre-Emmy parties and attend the awards show last night: Claudia Jordan, Porsha Williams, and others.  NeNe Leakes was also over on the West Coast to attend the 5th Annual Women Making History brunch.

The Kardashians invaded Miami this week with Kim forgetting most of her outfit at the hotel. Also seen out and about: Bella Hadid, Kim Zolciak, Rachel Zoe and more. Check out all of the photos below!

Real Housewives of New Jersey recap

Season 7 of Real Housewives Of New Jersey continues to center around the transformation of Teresa Giudice. Flashbacks to the season 4 reunion feature an enraged Teresa, morphed into TreHulk – bright green dress and all! – screaming into Kathy Wakile‘s face, contrasted with a post-prison Teresa, calmly explaining that she’s just “not ready” to deal with the emotional weight of rebuilding her relationships with her cousins. Instead, it is Rosie screaming in frustration.  

It exemplifies a point that no one on Real Housewives of New Jersey seems to understand until it is way too late: no matter how much you want it so, no matter how much you regret your actions – from the person you married, to the words you said, to all the money you shouldn’t have spent – you can’t erase the past. In the immortal words of Cher, “If I could turn back time/If I could find a way/ I’d take back those words that hurt you…” 

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