I think we can all admit that one of the most toxic Bravo franchises is Real Housewives of New Jersey. There is straight up malice and manipulation which seems to eclipse the regular ol' mean girl antics of the other series. That said, I believe that all the women on RHONJ are both guilty of the abhorrent behavior as well as victims of it. Case in point? Jacqueline Laurita. There were so many instances in which I felt sorry for her, yet as the seasons progressed, she became part of the problem.
Of course, when her son Nicolas was diagnosed with autism, Jacqueline's priorities shifted away from the drama, and there were several rumors circulating that she wouldn't return for a sixth season. Her daughter Ashlee recently debunked this gossip, but nothing has been confirmed. Perhaps if she does return, Jacq will use the opportunity to show viewers the woman we first met in season one.
Caroline admits her relationship with Teresa was strictly business, "She was never a friend. She was someone I worked with. Someone I knew." Caroline met Teresa through sister Dina Manzo and they quickly formed a tight-knit group on RHONJ – or so it appeared. Caroline claims she tried to have a legitimate relationship with Teresa, but Teresa wasn't interested!
Jacqueline was reportedly done and over the craziness of the show after five long drama-filled seasons, but it looks like that isn't so! We heard reports of film crews at her home, but many assumed she was possibly filming bits for Caroline's spinoff show or another project of her own. But Ashlee seems to confirm that Jacs will be on the show.
If you're totally and utterly confused about what the hell goes on in the world de Giudice, you are not alone!
Here we all were thinking that Teresa Giudice withdrew her bankruptcy filing in lieu of repaying her defrauded creditors the good ol' fashioned way – with work! But now media outlets are reporting Teresa and Joe, who both pled guilty to multiple financial fraud charges (including bankruptcy fraud), recently had their bankruptcy discharged. Which would mean they went forward with the filing? Seriously – any experts please chime in!
I'd like to think that reality stars learn from the mistakes of their peers, but then I remember that they are reality stars. They aren't revered for their brains, but rather for how dramatic their lives are at any given time. Hey, I'm just jealous!
Watching all of the financial strife (to put it mildly) of her family members/co-stars hasn't deterred the maybe recently demotedKathy Wakile from pursuing her dream home. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star is hoping that her dessert making skills will be the perfect foundation for a brand new custom home. Sweet dreams, for sure!
This weekend is a busy one for Bravolebrities! So many events going on – like Lauren Manzo's engagement party!
Lauren Manzo and Vito Scalia gathered their friends and family at the Brownstone to celebrate their engagement tonight! A few of the photos from the evening made their way to Instagram via Jacqueline Laurita and others and it looks like it was a good night – and a drama-free night! So rare for a Bravo event, right?
Among those in attendance to celebrate the upcoming marriage (which may be filmed for their spinoff show): Melissa and Joe Gorga, Jacs and Chris Laurita, Kathy and Rich Wakile and of course the proud parents – Caroline and Albert Manzo. Caroline was even caught on camera dancing with her future son-in-law's father. Since the show finished filming its first season already, I wonder if it was filmed for possible use in a second season?
It doesn't look like Dina or Teresa scored an invite…..
Following the event, Melissa Gorga tweeted many thanks to those who helped make the event a success, including a shout out to DJ Pauly D. "@DJPaulyD thank you for being so generous with your time and donating a meet & greet to Project Ladybug!! Much appreciated!"