albie, chris, lauren and caroline at Little Town on Mother's Day, 2013
The Machiavellian Genius known as @Andy ain’t running things over at Bravo TV for nothing! What a clever move…..give Caroline Manzo and her clan a spin-off, Manzo'd With Children to get her off of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. After all, he couldn’t bring himself to fire his surrogate mother!
So far, the clan is filming a pilot episode, so we’ll see where that goes.
In the meantime, Caroline may have been ready to leave the show because she was afraid the “secret” would come out…….are Caroline and Al Manzo still together? Other than the interactions between them during Season 5, and Teresa Giudice’s assertion on the reunion that the Manzos fought throughout the Arizona trip ( too bad Teresa backed down when Caroline’s blood pressure rose) there’s also the photos posted on the Little Town website, taken Mother’s Day. There have been rumors for years stating he lives at the Brownstone, mostly with his girlfriend. Why Caroline opened that can of worms both in her book and on the air is a mystery. Strategic first strike?
Caroline’s left her footprint on this series over the five seasons; ten toes of anger. First, she’s angry with Danielle Staub over coming into her life, co-opting Jacqueline Laurita, her sister-in-law, knowing Jac can’t keep her mouth shut. Her anger further extends to Danielle, over her interference in Dina Manzo’s custody and whether or not Lexie’s bio dad signed for her to appear on the show. That’s the back story on her outburst at the end of Season 1.
Caroline was given a “pass” during Season 2. She mostly polished her kitchen countertops and handed out “sage” advice to Teresa and Jacqueline. She wasn’t forced to interact with Danielle until the end of the season, when they had a “Sopranos” style sit-down.
But Caroline had other troubles during the second season. Her sister, Dina, decided to leave the show mid-season. She was very afraid of Danielle and would not risk her child custody over a reality show. Back in those days, the contracts weren’t as air-tight, she left on good terms with Bravo.
According to timelines and other information, this is when the irreparable rift between the sisters occurred. Dina refused to attend the Season 2 reunion. At that reunion, Caroline continued to focus on Danielle, but was beginning to see another fact: Teresa Giudice was the star of the show.
Coming soon: Part 2: Caroline Manzo and the Punta Cana Brawl