It’s like a story straight out of The Sopranos. On Tuesday (June 30), Tommy Manzo — ex-husband of former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo — had been arrested for allegedly masterminding a hit job on her new husband David Cantin back in 2015.
One day after the federal indictment against Tommy became public, Caroline Manzo is breaking her silence on the sordid drama surrounding her sister and brother-in-law.
For years, Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers have been invested in the Manzo/Laurita family members. We met Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo during the show’s very first episode. They are sisters who were married to the Manzo brothers. Dina has since divorced and re-married.
Jacqueline Laurita was another OG RHONJ cast member. She is married to Caroline and Dina’s brother Chris Laurita. Dina and Caroline have been infamously estranged for years, but it’s unclear if they had been in contact recently because of a family tragedy. Chris, Dina, and Caroline’s father Joseph Laurita has passed away.
It seems that Real Housewives of New Jersey’s alum Jacqueline Laurita and her husband, Chris Laurita, are continuing to experience financial difficulties. Fans haven’t heard very much about their financial issues lately, but Jacqueline has been quick to weigh in on everything else RHONJ.
Jacqueline told the world that the franchise needs “OG” Caroline Manzo back, and that Caroline is the bona-fide “queen of that show.” Jacqueline also criticized former bestie, and current straight-up enemy, Teresa Giudice’s plans to ditch her husband Joe Giudice if he is deported to Italy.
Once again, the Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers were teased with the idea that OG cast member Jacqueline Laurita might return to the reality show. And once again, Jacqueline shot down the offer and shared her reasons why with the public.
It turns out the reason that the fans were hoping for a Jacqueline return is the same reason she doesn’t want to do it; i.e. she is not down for round 6473 of fighting with Teresa Giudice.
Every time I see photos of Real Housewives from different cities hanging out, I want to know what happened before and after those pics were taken. Are these people actually friends or are these just photo opportunities that guarantee a lot of likes on Instagram?
New Jersey Housewives Teresa Giudice, Dolores Catania, Margaret Josephs, and Melissa Gorga went to Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper’s show with the New York City cast members Dorinda Medley, Carole Radziwill, and Tinsley Mortimer. Did they all sit together? Did they pregame the event? Was there a post-game? I have so many questions. Danielle Staub shared her own photos from the show, did she hang with them too? Did she go on a different date?
She may be trying to leave her tarnished reputation behind on The Real Housewives Of New Jersey, but Danielle Staub still has plenty of baggage from the old days weighing her down. Danielle recently described this tough period in her life on Amy Phillips’ SiriusXM show, claiming that Caroline Manzo and her family systematically harassed her so relentlessly after the infamous Teresa Giudice table flip, she had to move out of town.
“There was everything from bullying my children behind the scenes – remember, there were eleven of the Lauritas and all of them had children as well,” says Danielle, whose girls were “terrified” of the backlash they received at school. Caroline, who was originally a Laurita (along with sister Dina Manzo and brother Chris Laurita), was likely the ringleader of the harassment, according to Danielle.
Here it is: a brand new round up of reality TV stars’ social media photos to kick off your weekend!
Above: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Lisa Rinna, Erika Jayne, Dorit Kemsley, and Kyle Richards looking as fierce as ever. Lisa posted the photo and captioned it with “Snatched”- enough said.
For those of you keeping score at home, there’s finally been some movement in the disastrous and seriously messy bankruptcy case involving former Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Jacqueline and Chris Laurita and their former company, Signature Apparel.
As you’ll recall, the company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009, but things hit a snag when several people, including Jacqueline and Chris, were accused of using the company money for extravagant personal use – like private jets and fancy ass vacations.