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.
Dina Manzo was an integral part of making the early seasons of Real Housewives of New Jersey all about family. Along with family members Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita, Dina talked incessantly about the importance of family. Dina and Caroline are not only sisters, but they married brothers as well. The three ladies’ family ties became the essence of the show. That’s why it was so surprising when Dina chose to walk away from the show after Season 2. She also divorced her husband, Tommy Manzo. Soon after, Dina seemingly cut ties with the entire Manzo family.
Still, she seemed to be moving on peacefully until the shocking attack on Dina and her now-husband David Cantin in 2017. It was a horrifying crime that came out of nowhere. They were tied up and beaten. The official story was that it was a random violent robbery. It always seemed like a particularly vicious attack for a simple robbery. Now it seems that the truth behind the attack may be even uglier than it first appeared.
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted life in very visible ways. Schools were closed, non-essential employees worked from home, and Netflix became a whole lot more popular. What was not apparent at first was how the lockdown would affect our guilty pleasure of watching reality TV. Specifically, of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Cutting filming and production will create a lag time between the most recent season and the next.
Back in March, filming for Season 11 was cut short amid fears for the health of cast and crew. At that point, RHONJ was only a few episodes in before production was shut down. The Garden State has seemingly gained control of the coronavirus. As a result, the network has released a tentative timeline to resume filming.
It was only inevitable that Dolores Catania joined Real Housewives of New Jersey at some point. She had decades-long relationships with Teresa Giudice, Dina Manzo, and Caroline Manzo long before the show even started filming.
If anything it would have made sense for her to be a part of the OG cast. Well, it turns out she actually was slated to be a full-time cast member on season one. However, she changed her mind and someone else was brought in to replace her.
Lisa Rinna and Teddi Mellencamp were shocked when they found out about Erika Jayne’s go-go dancer past during the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Season 10 premiere episode. Erika emphasized that she had a bathing suit on the whole time, which bored Denise Richards.
Meanwhile, Lisa remarked that she couldn’t imagine her daughters dancing for money. That’s when Erika eloquently slammed her friend. Erika told Lisa, “Maybe if I grew up with wealthy parents, I wouldn’t have been working at a place like Shakers.” Exactly. In contrast, Lisa’s daughters leveraged their parents’ moderate fame into modeling careers. Of course, they couldn’t understand the pressure young Erika was under to provide for herself financially.
Last season of Real Housewives of New Jersey was epic on so many levels. There was the altercation in a clothing boutique, courtesy of Margaret Josephs and Danielle Staub. Margaret poured water on Danielle’s head. Then Danielle dumped out the contents of Margaret’s purse into a lit candle.
Before leaving the shop, Danielle grabbed Margaret’s ponytail and gave it a vicious yank. That looked incredibly painful. In the wildest moment of the RHONJ season, Danielle revealed to Melissa Gorga that Danielle’s bestie Teresa Giudice told Danielle to pull Margaret’s hair.
Aside from Jennifer Aydin’s outbursts,
all of the full-time cast members everyone seemed pretty cool with each other at the Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 10 reunion. Not gonna lie, that makes me pretty worried for Season 11. We need a new person in the mix for some drama, especially now that Danielle Staub is gone from the show… for now, anyway.
Even Jackie Goldschneider and Teresa Giudice seem cool. Or are they?
Even though Danielle Staub hasn’t been a full-time cast member since Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 2, she sure brought the drama during Season 10. She is so much drama that every single RHONJ cast member doesn’t want to be her friend. However, I don’t get why some of them are so against her, other than being loyal to their allies and just being scared of her. But, what I’m saying is, some of them don’t actually seem to have a personal beef with Danielle, like Jackie Goldschneider.
Well, according to Jackie she actually has a major issue with Danielle and she even “hates” her.