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I have, what I consider, to be bittersweet news.  One of my favorites is quitting Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I realize I'm likely in the minority, but I have a soft-spot for most of the Manzos.  Sure I didn't like when Caroline Manzo got all bitter for an entire season (I was fearful someone was going to awaken to a horse head in their bed), but I do think she is sick of the toxicity and drama…even if she was a participant.  

Even though it can certainly be argued that Caroline's children are overly coddled, I still think Albie and Chris are good guys.  A friend of mine grew up with Albie, and he has nothing but nice things to say about their family.  Of course, without the Manzo boys, there would be no Greg Bennett.  Greggy is by far my favorite Manzo by association…and now he's leaving.  

Greg is heading to the West Coast at the end of this month to make his home in San Francisco.  Sadly (for me), this means he will no longer be appearing on RHONJ, but I'm hoping that he gets some screen time when he comes back to visit!

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Vito Scalia and Lauren Manzo were married on Saturday, July 18. Engaged since November 2013, Lauren and Vito were married in a traditional ceremony at St. Cyril’s Church in NYC, followed by a reception at The Brownstone in NJ. On Saturday, Lauren told Us Weekly, “Today is exactly what I always wanted.”

Manzo’d with Children star Caroline Manzo shared, “I’m excited to see my daughter just start her life. I want her to just embrace this moment and I want to see her really, really shine. And that’s, for me, that’s worth more than anything on the planet, to see your kids truly, truly happy. “

Lauren posted the photo above on Instagram, “Unreal and absolutely perfect. I had my fairytale wedding, fairytale dress, but most importantly the best Prince Charming by my side to enjoy it with. I love you HUSBAND!!!” See more photos shared by Lauren, Chris Manzo, Albie Manzo, Caroline, Greg Bennett, Melissa Gorga, Kathy Wakile, Jacqueline Laurita, and Dina Manzo below.

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Welcome Back Manzos!!!  It’s a full house this time around on Manzo’d With Children as Albie Manzo and Chris Manzo have moved back home to save money to start their own business (another business? what about the bar? what about BLK water?).  I’m curious how much money they actually save by living at home.  You take away rent and utilities and groceries that definitely helps.  However, I imagine they are still going out to bars, restaurants and shopping – which is where most of my income went at that age anyway. The key to saving money is actually making money (I’m assuming the Bravo salaries are plentiful) and so far every scene has been the boys lounging around at home like it’s summer vacation.  Maybe the cameras are just capturing the weekends – but do these guys have any job right now??? Even if they are earning money from BLK or the restaurant on the side – that still requires doing some work.  This Manzo business idealism throws me for a loop.  Wanting your children to be their own boss in their early 20s might not be the best idea, Caroline Manzo. There is something to be said for busting your butt for a company, learning all the ropes and then maybe after 5-10 years you can be confident enough to do it independently.  I have a feeling moving home had more to do with the show than saving for their “business ventures”.   Sorry, I had to rant on this topic, it irks me to no end.

Last night’s Real Housewives of New Jersey focused on the important things in life:  Rosie’s jaunty cap collection, the remix of “On Display,” and friends doing everything in their power to maintain a strong bond through mutual respect, listening, and give-and-take.  Oh wait, maybe not that last thing…

Caroline Manzo?  More like Caroline Done-zo!  She is way over Teresa Giudice’s behavior.  I mean she only wanted to return some swimsuits in the least set-up and manipulated scene ever and she ends up in the midst of World War Tre?  Uh uh.  No way.  Caroline is fed up…and you don’t want to see Caroline fed up because fed up Caroline looks like Caroline always looks scary.  The Manzo brood, Greg Bennett, and Uncle Chris Laurita are drinking some sucky read wine in the yard.  Lauren is worried about Jacqueline after hearing stories of tabloid-gate twenty-twelve.  Chris regales the children with stories of a Jacqueline once so loony, she threw all her ex-husband’s belongings into their front yard.  Basically, he opines, she is now throwing all of Teresa’s metaphorical crap onto their manicured lawn.  Chris wonders why women can’t handle fights with a quick discussion and then forgive and forget like he and his fellow brawn practice.  Oh yeah, emotionally emoted emotions.

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Is there ever any upbeat or positive news that comes out from those folks on The Real Housewives of New Jersey? It certainly doesn’t seem like it!

As reported last week, Joe Guidice is facing potential jail time due to all his shady dealings regarding his counterfeit driver’s license. The prosecutor isn’t likely to come to a plea agreement that doesn’t include some time served, and Joe’s attorney warns that all the talk of the incidents on the show are tainting the potential jury pool.

If Joe does go to jail, one can only wonder WWTD? Teresa Guidice already has a strained relationship with brother Joe Gorga and sister-in-law Melissa (to say the least), but jail time for hubby could only add to the gossip and hatefulness that is bringing down the show. Also up against Teresa is Manzo matriarch Caroline, who recently said, “I hold Teresa responsible for a lot of relationships in my life that are hurting. Of course I fight with my brothers and sisters…the difference is, she puts the wood on my family’s fire. I put the lid on hers.”

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Bringing you a new photo post this week PLUS more Halloween photos of your favorite reality stars!

Above is a photo of Real Housewives of Orange County star Gretchen Rossi with her boyfriend Slade Smiley as they celebrated her 34th birthday on Sunday at Lavo at the Palazzo during a special Halloween edition of Vampire Vice Sundays.

Below, Caroline Manzo in her Halloween costume with hubby Albert, Teresa Giudice pictured filming Celebrity Apprentice, Melissa Gorga pictured in NYC, Bethenny Frankel films an interview, Kelly Bensimon attends an event! Alexis Bellino and Vicki Gunvalson take a road trip together! Brandi Granville in her super slutty sexy Halloween costume! Ramona Singer and Phaedra Parks in their Halloween costumes, Plus more photos of Kandi Burruss , The Manzo Kids, Adrienne Maloof, Dana Wilkey & more!

Also below, Kate Gosselin, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snooki, Jennifer Williams, Maksim Chmerkovskiy & more!

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Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of Bravo Housewives Kathy Wakile, Melissa Gorga, and Adrienne Maloof as they attended the 9th Annual About Face Benefit for Domestic Violence Survivors, held at the Trump Soho Hotel in New York City on October 20, 2011.

Below, Taylor Armstrong photographed in good spirits with Gretchen Rossi! Melissa Gorga pictured wearing a fat suit! Teresa Giudice photographed filming Celebrity Apprentice with Victoria Gotti! Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, and Sonja Morgan step out for different events! Kyle Richards and Adrienne Maloof step out together, plus more photos of Kandi Burruss , The Manzo Kids, Dana Wilkey & more!

Also below, Kate Gosselin, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Snooki, JWoww, Maksim Chmerkovskiy & more!

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Bringing you a new photo post this week!

Above is a photo of Bravo Housewives Alex McCord, NeNe Leakes, Melissa Gorga and Marysol Patton as they attended The Real Housewives Tour in Atlanta, GA, at the Cobb Energy Center, on October 16. The ladies walked the red carpet before taking to the stage and chatting with each other and audience members.

Below, Teresa Giudice photographed filming Celebrity Apprentice! Caroline Manzo steps out to support son Albie Manzo! And speaking of Albie, he stepped out with his new girlfriend! Kelly Bensimon is pictured with rapper Jay Z, Bethenny Frankel takes a walk with Baby Bryn, Taylor Armstrong tapes a new interview for Extra, plus more photos of Nene Leakes , Melissa Gorga & more!

Also below, Kim Kardashian, Snooki, Robert Kardashian, The Situation, Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson & more!

Photo credit: Dan Harr / Splash News

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