The confirmation came last night from Andy Cohen via a blog on Bravo. “The reunion was Danielle’s last appearance on The Real Housewives of New Jersey. We thought the hugs were a great way to end two seasons of bitterness between the women,” said Andy.
No reasons were given for Danielle’s departure from the show, though reports state that Danielle’s co-stars gave Bravo an ultimatum. As for Danielle, she is currently trying to get her own spin-off show. No word yet on whether any network has picked it up.
In other news, could Teresa Giudice be the next housewife to leave the New Jersey franchise?
According to a story by the NYPost today, that answer is very likely. The Post reports Teresa herself a friend of Teresa’s tells them “Teresa is done with Bravo, I don’t think any amount of money will make her come back.”
The reason? Apparently Teresa made a bad deal with Bravo over royalties from her cookbook, “Skinny Italian.” A source tells the Post Teresa is the only housewife in the franchise to give Bravo 10 percent of royalties from her book sales. In exchange, Bravo was suppose to make up the difference by promoting her book on the show.
She reportedly filmed several scenes with the book such as cooking and testing recipes, but as we all know, none of that footage was aired. The only brief mention of Teresa’s book came during the finale episode.
Plus, following the news that Teresa and her husband Joe Giudice are being accused of fraud and hiding assets in their bankruptcy filing, Popeater is reporting today that Teresa is “terrified” of going to prison and “would rather drop out of the show altogether than end up in prison because of something she lets slip on TV.”
A source also tells Popeater that Teresa would rather have Danielle back than have her sister-in-law on the show. “If Melissa does join, Teresa will quit for sure,” says the source.
UPDATE: Danielle is now speaking out on her departure from the show. She tells UsWeekly, “I’m way too good for this… They have used me about as much as I can be used.”
“I think it’s time for me to move on and upward,” says Danielle. “I don’t see any interest for me to be attacked like that.” She adds, “I mean, what’s left for [the other castmates]? To kill me? Bravo seems to be glorifying their behavior. And I think it’s almost like telling children to behave poorly at school, ‘It’s OK.’”
Danielle however makes it clear she wants a spin-off. “I want my own show,” she says. “I want to be me now. Not me according to other people. Me…a spin-off is absolutely, positively where I’m going.”
TELL US – DO YOU WANT TERESA BACK FOR ANOTHER SEASON? WILL YOU CONTINUE TO WATCH THE SHOW WITHOUT HER?