In a statement about the upcoming season, Mob Wives creator Jennifer Graziano shares, “Philly and New York mobsters have mostly been known to be friendly with one another. The new women were an organic addition to our existing cast as even Natalie has New York roots and ties to some ‘friendly faces.’ Natalie’s spitfire ways and Alicia’s personal story about getting arrested and ‘going down’ with the mob offers a new perspective on what it means to ‘live the lifestyle’ or to be a ‘mob wife.’ We are looking forward to a fresh, new and rejuvenated season!”
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Well, I certainly didn't see this coming! With a new season of Mob Wives currently filming, I figured all the ladies would be back to wreak havoc on Staten Island. Apparently, according to Ramona Rizzo, that is not the case!
In fact, Ramona is confirming that she is no longer a part of the cast…and neither is her biffle Karen Gravano and her part-time nemesis Carla Facciolo. First her wedding plans botched by the Feds and now this? Poor Ramona!
And then, just when she finds a reason to make her TV life interesting and allegedly decides to hold a furlough wedding the feds get wind of her intentions and call the whole thing off. So poof! – no storyline for you, Ramona. So that's life in Ramona-land.
Prosecutors in Joseph's case feared that he was planning to use a furlough - purportedly to see his dying father – as an excuse to get married to Ramona in front of reality TV cameras. The feds pointed out that the "shotgun wedding" was not only illegal but they believed it was a ploy for a television show. You mean these two lovebirds aren't maaaadly in love?! Wha…
No one can accuse Ramona Rizzo of not being authentic in the mafia ties department!
The reality star is all set to marry Joseph Sclafani before he begins a 15-year prison sentence for cocaine trafficking. Unfortunately the feds want to stop the nuptials and are accusing Ramona and her fiancée of staging the wedding for a Mob Wives storyline!
Here's what's happening: Joseph, who is currently in jail, is seeking a furlough from New York's Metropolitan Detention Center to visit his gravely ill father, Augustus, who has liver cancer. Unfortunately federal prosecutors believe that is a scheme for Joseph to leave jail in order to have a "shotgun" wedding with Ramona, which will be featured on Mob Wives!
If you've been watching Mob Wives since its inception, you know it wasn't always Big Ang and spa days and break-downs. The ladies used to be scary violent until they realized what an atrocious example they were setting for their kids. Now, even with underlying tension, they're relatively tame. Even the sharp-tongued threats of Ramona Rizzo have been soothed with the sweet feelings of true love, even if that love has to be expressed via telephone while staring into her lover's eyes through a sheet of plate glass. Le sigh…and more on that in a bit!
I guess VH1 was getting bored with the lack of drama and feuding because the network is mixing it up with new cast member Alicia DiMichele Garafola…and she and Karen Gravano are not going to see eye-to-eye. Why, you ask? Oh just a little thing called "Karen's dad admitted he put a hit out on Alicia's father-in-law at the command of John Gotti." No biggie.
When we left Mob Wives, Ramona Rizzo was preparing to wed her jailed love Joseph “Joe Boy” Sclafani who is allegedly a member of the famed Gambino crime family. While the VH1 reality show left us hanging with the pair's nuptials, Ramona is speaking out about how the duo makes it work despite the separation. And by separation, I mean the plate glass window in the prison.
While the couple has yet to walk down the aisle, Ramona is still full-steam ahead with wedding plans. Speaking to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Ramona shares how she is preparing for a life of wedded bliss when the fate of her fiance's future is still unknown.