It’s been a minute since Real Housewives of New Jersey OG Caroline Manzo clocked out of the franchise. She signed up for the newest edition of Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip: Ex-Wives Club.
Caroline’s frenemy Teresa Giudice, who was a cast member during Season 1 of the series, wondered why her former co-star was cast on the show. “I just don’t get it. I don’t see her fitting in,” Teresa opined.
The RHONJ alum had a difficult time filming the series in Morocco. I wish that I could say it was because of some petty drama. Instead, it was reportedly because of Brandi Glanville.
Sources claim that Brandi, Caroline, Alex McCord, and another cast member went into the bathroom. Once there, sources allege that Brandi “pinned Caroline against the wall. She put her hands on Caroline’s breast area and vaginal area,” the insider added. Brandi was sent home from the trip early, while Caroline chose to exit RHUGT.
Peacock and Shed Media issued a shared statement regarding the ordeal. “The safety and security of cast and crew while shooting is extremely important and we take all reports seriously. In this situation, production immediately launched a comprehensive review and is taking appropriate action.” Brandi has denied the allegations.
Now Caroline is blessing fans with a new season of her YouTube show, Food, Love, and Chaos with Caroline Manzo. Her channel has over 25K subscribers, including me. Maybe Teresa should subscribe?
Caroline dropped by HollywoodLife’s podcast, Pay Attention Puh-Lease! She discussed Teresa’s reunion with her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Laurita.
In case you missed it, Jacqueline and Teresa had lunch in Las Vegas and let go of their beef. On February 11, 2023, Teresa shared the good news on Instagram. “5-hour lunch! Lots to talk about. Lots of laughs too! Reunited and it feels so good!” Teresa’s husband Luis “Louie” Ruelas was present, as was Jacqueline’s husband, Chris Laurita.
Jacqueline said that she “connected and bonded” with Louie over their “beautiful” sons. Both boys are named Nicholas, and both are autistic. Jacqueline is a Louie fan, and proud of it!
Caroline weighed in on the duo’s reunion. “I’m happy for them. I think Jacqueline…when Jacqueline is hurt, she comes out guns blazing. But I know it comes from a place of hurt.”
She noted how Teresa and Jacqueline had a “true friendship” before they feuded on RHONJ. “In those years, it just went awry, because it was chaos,” Caroline said. “Season 3, season 4, was absolute chaos. That [their friendship] was collateral damage,” she explained. “So I’m truly very happy for them both.”
She clarified that she hasn’t spoken to Jacqueline about the reunion. “I watch from afar,” Caroline remarked. Sounds like a good strategy.
Fans were suspicious about the timing of the reunion. It came after Jacqueline started bashing Teresa’s sister-in-law, Melissa Gorga, on social media. Jacqueline claimed that “Melissa always used to say Caroline was too old and boring for the show. (She’s not).” She also called Melissa “manipulative.” Since Teresa is no longer speaking to Melissa or her brother, Joe Gorga, the timing seemed– convenient.
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But Caroline shut that down. “Jacqueline has her reasons. Again, haven’t talked to her about it. But I know that Jacqueline is very methodical about [in] how she thinks and why she does what she does,” she explained.
“I know a lot of people had a lot to say at BravoCon when I was talking to Joe [Gorga] and Melissa. You know, alright, cool, think what you wanna think. I’m a big girl with a mind of my own and I make my own decisions,” Caroline continued. “I was very happy to see them. They have never given me cause to have any kind of issue or dislike them in any way. And they are a lot of fun. I have no issues with them.”
She added, “I’m not gonna question Jacqueline. There’s a reason why she’s saying that. Don’t know what it is. Don’t care what it is. Don’t wanna hear what it is. But I disagree with her there. I have no issue with the Gorgas,” Caroline stated.
Caroline also shared that she has a cookbook coming out in the fall of 2024. I love her cooking channel on YouTube, so I will be anxiously awaiting her cookbook.
TELL US- DO YOU THINK THAT CAROLINE IS TEAM TERESA OR TEAM MELISSA? HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT HER COOKING CHANNEL? WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE CAROLINE OR TERESA MAKE YOU DINNER?
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