Does anyone out there miss Danielle Staub? I didn’t think so. Now does Danielle miss us? Absolutely. Desperate for any screen time, she recently appeared in a short series of interviews on The Housewife and The Hustler. For those of you who don’t know, THATH is a documentary about Erika Bamboozle Jayne and husband Tom Girardi’s alleged well, bamboozling.
So what does Danielle have to do with Erika? Nothing really. Danielle’s only real contribution to the conversation was talking about that one time she was on Watch What Happens Live with Erika. Oh and they both worked at Shakers. Just not at the same time. Riveting, I know. But Danielle just can’t pass up any opportunity to talk about anything really. So I’m sure she jumped at the chance to trash her old castmates from Real Housewives of New Jersey. For someone who hasn’t been on the show in years (and years), she sure has a lot to say.
The Real Housewives of New Jersey, otherwise known as the Teresa Giudice and Friends Show, has given so much to pop culture. Tre’s table flip. The world’s most dramatic christening, thanks to Joe Gorga. Caroline Manzo’s “family is thick as thieves” quote. Sprinkle cookies. And, most recently, Gia Giudice’s dramatic song about her parents feuding with the Gorgas getting the viral TikTok treatment.
For months, people have been “waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things” on the app. The song is the perfect sound to describe feeling like your life’s a mess. Even though my personal fav Gia song is Milania Giudice’s 5th birthday bop. “First you were one, then you were two.” Arguably more iconic than Melissa Gorga’s “On Display”.
And while Tre and Joe Giudice haven’t been the best at handling their finances in the past, this family knows how to make money. Tre and Tarzan went from Sizzle Tan ads to Instagram swipe-ups and book deals. Hell, half of the Giudice girls have Cameo profiles of their own so fans can receive personalized videos. They’ve gotta fund Tre’s pineapple addiction and fabulicious lifestyle somehow. And that somehow is through sponsored posts. You gotta respect the hustle.
The Bravo gods have answered our (my) prayers — Heather Dubrow is returning to the Real Housewives of Orange County. The news of Fancy Pant’s long-awaited return comes along with some arguably even better news — Kelly Dodd and Braunwyn Windham-Burke are OUT for good. No more Kelly Fraud’s nasty comments and total ignorance. Or Braunwyn’s over-the-top narcissism. Both ladies were eyeing for a return, but the fans have spoken. And Boringwin really uprooted her entire life as she knew it for a TV show that doesn’t want her back. What a shame. Oh, and Elizabeth Lyn Vargas is out after one season, but we hardly got to know her anyway.
The Fancy Pants news is just too much to bear. We’ll finally see the completed Dubrow family mansion. Terry Dubrow, despite duping fans about Heather’s return, will be back on our screens to provide plastic surgery advice and corny dad jokes. And this could lead to a potential Tamra Judge return, but no news has been announced yet. CHAMPS FOR EVERYONE, except maybe Shannon Beador.
Dina Manzo hasn’t appeared on the Real Housewives of New Jersey for several seasons, but maybe that’s because her personal life is like a scene straight out of the Sopranos. Since Dina left the show, she married a new man David Cantin and moved to Malibu to live her best zen life. She’s still close with Teresa Giudice, even though that worries Tre’s ride-or-die Dolores Catania. And while it sounds picture perfect, her ex-husband Tommy Manzo is making her life a living hell.
Back in 2015, Tommy allegedly hired a soldier of the Lucchese crime family, who plead guilty, to attack David with a slapjack outside a strip mall. No, you’re not reading the synopsis from the Godfather movies. The mobster, John Perna, received a discount wedding at the Brownstone, owned by Tommy and Albert Manzo, in exchange for the “job.” And Albert Sr. says they have no mob ties…
Dina Manzo is angry. The Real Housewives of New Jersey alum has a lot of brewing family turmoil. On the positive side, Dina is happily married to new husband, David Cantin. But the road to Dina’s happily ever after was plagued with ugly obstacles from her past. As you know, Dina and her sister, Caroline Manzo were cast on the inaugural season of RHONJ and both were married to brothers in the Manzo family.
According to urban legend, Dina joined Real Housewives to gain financial independence from Tommy Manzo so she could leave his allegedly cheating ass. Dina ultimately got what she wanted, but the demise of her nuptials came at a big price. Dina and David have both been victims of violent assaults and Tommy got popped for hiring the attacker(s). Big sissy Caroline went against her blood to protect her last name. Now the sisterly feud continues to boil as Dina checks Bravo for being “insensitive” during her difficult time.
The Godfather music is playing on a loop in my head and if I wind up wearing a pair of cement boots that I didn’t order, here is my swan song. For the record, this situation has absolutely nothing at all to do with mob ties, mafia families, or sleeping with the fishes, and my Godfather reference was purely random… Let’s talk about Real Housewives of New Jersey and how all the action is happening not only offscreen, but between people who are no longer on the show.
Bravo gave us RHONJ and introduced viewers to sisters Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo with a very subtle nod to previous dealings in the organized crime industry. Under the umbrella of denials and “I didn’t see a thing“, the crew always laughed off rumors of a family connection. Sadly, no one is currently laughing because there is evidence of hired hits, bad blood, dueling sisters, and now… the children are involved. Caroline’s oldest son, Albie Manzo would like a word.
Even though it’s been several seasons since a member of the Manzo family made an appearance on the Real Housewives of New Jersey, that doesn’t mean that they’re done with the drama. Caroline Manzo and Dina Manzo, the sisters who married brothers, are still going head-to-head as part of a years-long feud that’s never slowed down. And while Dina has moved to Malibu and found her inner zen, Caroline’s recent actions are trying to take away her namaste.
Dina’s had quite a tumultuous couple of years after she split from her ex Tommy Manzo. Tommy allegedly hired a member of the Lucchese crime family, who pleaded guilty, to attack her new husband, David Cantin. But, of course, if you ask the Manzos, they claim to have never even heard of the mob, let alone admit having any ties to it. Two years later, Dina and David were victims of a violent home invasion where they were beaten up, zip-tied together and the thieves stole money and jewelry. It’s alleged that Tommy was involved in that home invasion, but he and his lawyer are proclaiming his innocence in both cases. Even though there’s a court order requiring him to stay far away from his ex-wife and her new man.
And Caroline fits into this as she’s taken the side of Albert Manzo’s brother, Tommy. Yes, the one being accused of attacking her own sister. She wrote a letter to advocate for Tommy’s character to help his case. If you thought Ashley Darby was sleazy for writing a statement about Candiace Dillard Bassett to help out Monique Samuels on Real Housewives of Potomac, this is a whole other level of betrayal.
Even though family has been a central theme to the Real H0usewives of New Jersey since Season 1, that doesn’t mean cast members old and new always have their kin’s back. Teresa Giudice, Joe Gorga and Melissa Gorga have sure gone through their fair share of arguments before getting to the positive and relatively peaceful place they are today. Prior to that, Caroline Manzo, Dina Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita’s relationships were tested on the show, despite their proclamations that they’re “thick as thieves.”
Even though it’s been several seasons since Dina, and Caroline for that matter, have appeared on RHONJ, their life has been filled with more drama than when they were on the show. Dina has a new husband, David Cantin, and is living a namaste lifestyle in Malibu. However, her revengeful ex-husband, Tommy Manzo, apparently doesn’t want to see her live her happily ever after.