The Real Housewives of New Jersey has been the Teresa Giudice show since her table flip heard around the world. Eleven seasons later and she’s still feuding with the Gorgas, mixing up her words and centering her world around her four dortors. A lot has changed from the good old days when she’d drink wine with Jacqueline Laurita and Caroline Manzo during girls’ nights and massive family dinners. They were truly like one big blended family until things took a nasty turn.
Jacqueline and Caroline’s days on RHONJ are long gone. And maybe it’s best that way — as Dolores Catania said, these three together could be World War III. While Caroline never says never about a return, it seems like Jacqueline is past this phase in her life. If only her daughter Ashlee Holmes took a lesson from her, as she’s still feuding with Danielle Staub several years and hair-pulls later.
Ever since Andy Cohen announced a special episode of Watch What Happens Live featuring the kids of Housewives, there’s been drama. The show will feature Brielle Biermann, Riley Burruss, Noelle Robinson and Kairo Whitfield from the Real Housewives of Atlanta; Frankie Catania, Gia Giudice and Albie & Chris Manzo from the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Also, Real Housewives of Orange County’s Briana Culberson and Shane Keough and Real Housewives of New York’s Victoria de Lesseps and Avery Singer will be thrown in the mix. And last but not least, newbie Brooks Marks from the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City will be there too. So there’s definitely a variety of old and new, with plenty of OGs making a return.
But apparently, some of the wives were not happy that their kids were left off the list and made a call to Daddy Andy to complain. Andy said it was someone with daughters, which removes NeNe Leakes from the suspect list (even though she would’ve been a good contender). It was a bit of a red flag that no Real Housewives of Beverly Hills kids were featured, but Lisa Rinna totally owned it and admitted it wasn’t her calling the network. We know that her daughters Amelia Gray and Delilah Belle Hamlin are busy working on becoming the next Kardashians anyway.
It could have been really interesting to have Dolores Catania and Dina Manzo on Real Housewives of New Jersey at the same time. They’re both close with Teresa Giudice. Dolores is close with Dina’s estranged sister Caroline Manzo, who Teresa can’t stand.
The Manzo ladies in the mix with Dolores could have blessed us all with some fiery arguments, especially since Dolores is not a fan of Dina’s.
This summer, Scheana Shay revealed that she went through a miscarriage. This was around the time that the news broke that Stassi Schroeder is pregnant. Soon after, Lala Kent and Brittany Cartwright shared their pregnancy announcements, which wasn’t surprising since they made an actual pregnancy pact with Katie Maloney.
After experiencing her miscarriage, Scheana announced that she and her boyfriend Brock Davies are expecting their first child together. He has a son and daughter from a previous marriage who live in Australia.
For the first few seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey, Ashlee Holmes was Ashley Holmes, Jacqueline Laurita’s bratty teen daughter. Yes, she actually legally changed her name from “Ashley” to “Ashlee.”
During Jacqueline’s final season on the show, Ashlee got engaged to Pete Malleo (and got upset by the editing of that special moment). She also announced that she was pregnant with her son Cameron, who will be 4 years old soon. She got married back in 2018, and now, after nearly two years of marriage, Ashlee announced that they’ve decided to divorce.
Longtime Real Housewives of New Jersey fans recall how upset Danielle Staub was when Jacqueline Laurita’s daughter Ashlee Malleo pulled her hair after chasing her around a country club during Season 2. Danielle even brought a mannequin with extensions for a demonstration at the Season 2 reunion.
After years of complaints and legal action, it’s so shocking that Danielle went and pulled Margaret Josephs‘ ponytail this season on RHONJ. Hypocrite much? Danielle doesn’t think so, of course. However, Melissa Gorga and Jacqueline do. Melissa and Jacqueline actually agreeing on something? Wow. That hasn’t happened in a long time.
Veteran Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers will never forget the big fuss Danielle Staub made when Jacqueline Laurita’s (then-teenage) daughter Ashlee Malleo yanked on her extensions at the country club.
It’s especially relevant nowadays since the episode just aired when Danielle channeled Ashlee by pulling on Margaret Josephs‘ ponytail. Danielle upped the ante though. She also poured the contents of Margaret’s purse into a lit candle. So, of course, this new content has led to more shit talking between Danielle, Jacqueline, and Ashlee. Gotta love that cling for relevance. Nevertheless, Danielle allegedly took things too far. Yet again. Color me shocked.
It’s no secret that there is no love lost between Real Housewives of New Jersey co-stars Margaret Josephs and Danielle Staub. After dealing with Danielle’s bridezilla tantrums last season, Margaret decided that she had enough.
At a legendary dinner in Cabo, Margaret tossed a glass of wine at Danielle after Danielle brought up Margaret’s stepchildren. Then chaos erupted at the table with glass and insults flying. Thankfully, the table appeared to be bolted down, and flip-proof. (I’m looking at you Teresa Giudice!) During the RHONJ Season 9 finale, when Danielle’s then-husband Marty Caffrey insulted Margaret, Margaret and her husband Joe Benigno, “helped” Marty take a refreshing swim in Jennifer Aydin’s pool.