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Danielle Staub: “I Used To Be Close With NeNe Leakes Until She Decided She Didn’t Need Me”

Original Real Housewives of New Jersey cast member Danielle Staub made her big comeback this season after five seasons away from Bravo. She started out on the show as a friend of Jacqueline Laurita and she left the show as an enemy of Teresa Giudice’s after Teresa flipped a table on her and chased her through a country club.

Now Danielle and Teresa are on good terms, but the same cannot be said about Danielle and Caroline Manzo, Dolores Catania, and Siggy Flicker – which is surprising to just about no one. Speaking of Danielle’s beefs, she recently revealed that she has issues with Atlanta Housewife NeNe Leakes.

Danielle appeared on the Mouthing Off With Olivia Caridi podcast to discuss Real Housewives from across the franchise. She claimed, “I was in the eleventh hour of coming back for the reunion of Season 3, so I could come back on 4 and I backed out. I went, ‘Wait, Caroline. Wait, Jacqueline. Wait, I’m not doing this.’ It happened two more times. We kept-talking Andy [Cohen] and I – and there was no space for me.”

During Season 8, Danielle got along with all of the Housewives except for Dolores and Siggy. She theorized, “I think [Siggy] and Dolores just made a pact to come after me. ‘Let’s make her feel irrelevant’ and I just had to keep reminding them that you’re only relevant because I had been relevant. Just relax. And I gave them a story line.”

Danielle was asked to name her ideal cast for a Real Housewives show with women from different cities. Of course, Danielle started by saying, “I would say it would be Teresa and I.” That surprised absolutely no one.

Then she claimed, “Lisa Vanderpump because I am close with Lisa and I met her before she was on the show. She came up to me at the VMA’s and it was at the SLS.” What does “close” mean? I would kill to see these two having a conversation. Sticking with Beverly Hills ladies, Danielle said, “People might be shocked by this, but I would pick Lisa Rinna. She’s my spirit animal.” I’m not at all shocked by that. Danielle added, “I do love Erika [Jayne]. Man, she’s hot.”

Moving on to Atlanta, Danielle said, “Sheree [Whitfield], I’m close friends with her.” I would love to see these two on a show together, yelling at a mutual enemy at a restaurant before the food even comes out. Then Danielle dropped some pretty random information: “I used to be close with NeNe until NeNe decided she didn’t need me. OK, NeNe. I don’t need her either, but I didn’t know she needed me at all.” Then she added, “It would be good to have her around though to reach those really high spots.” I would love to hear NeNe’s take on this.

Danielle continued, “Orange County, I would definitely want Tamra [Judge]. She’s so good. She can cry. She can laugh. She’s been through things and she’s got really good Botox. She’s got a really good body too. And I do like Kelly [Dodd].”

She said, “If I were to do anything with New York, of course we would have to do Bethenny [Frankel].” She added, “I remember when she didn’t even have an exhaust fan in her studio. She’s definitely had whatever it takes to get where she is and I admire that.

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TELL US – WHO WOULD BE IN YOUR DREAM REAL HOUSEWIVES CAST? ARE YOU SURPRISED BY THE COMMENTS DANIELLE MADE ABOUT NENE? 

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