Monday, February 24, 2014

Goodbye, Caroline Manzo

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 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 ’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 over coming into her life, co-opting , her sister-in-law, knowing Jac can’t keep her mouth shut. Her anger further extends to Danielle, over her interference in ’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 Manzo's Anger

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: was the star of the show.

Caroline VS. Teresa, Dina......

Coming soon:  Part 2: Caroline Manzo and the Punta Cana Brawl

Sunday, February 23, 2014

#RHONJ: Goodbye, Jacqueline Laurita

 

Of all the RH’s, was clearly the one most unable to handle the stresses of Reality TV. When she was fired, it could be considered compassionate, but we know Andy Cohen has no compassion for his circus clowns.

In the last season, she whined often that her stress came from her son Nicholas’ autism diagnosis, which we could have bought if there was a difference in her behavior before the diagnosis. She was to Caroline Manzo’s , and when Caroline left the show, there was no need to keep the whining wino around.

She had her challenges:

Jacqueline Laurita Should Leave Reality TV

Jacqueline EXPLODES on Twitter

Jacqueline Named in $8M. Lawsuit

Jacqueline's Home for Sale

Jacqueline Laurita Charged With Assault

She tells Life and Style Magazine:

Right now, I’m really just enjoying time with my family and I’m writing a few books,” she told the mag.

“My husband [Chris Laurita ] and I are writing a book together about our journey with autism.” (Their 4-year-old son Nicholas is autistic.)

But that’s not all the mother-of-three has up her sleeve.

“My other passion is the beauty industry, so I’m also writing a book about busy moms and beauty things. I’m also writing children’s books! I enjoy writing — that’s what I love,” she shared.

“It’s just been really great with my family. I feel like I’m in a very good place.”

She claims she opted-out, but they all say that:

“I needed a little bit of a break, but we’ll see what happens from there,” she told Life & Style at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday.

It was revealed in October that  , who’s returning to the series after skipping three seasons, wanted her sister-in-law Jacqueline booted from the Bravo hit.

That story was sent out to the media by Tom Murro, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline’s publicist. Take from that what you will.

“I understand why Dina wouldn’t want me on the show: She doesn’t want to address family issues on-camera!” Jacqueline told Life & Style at the time.

She isn't the only housewife heading out this season — Caroline Manzo also confirmed her exit, and ’s cousin Kathy Wakile is filming only part-time.

Told you Teresa would be the last one standing, I just predicted the wrong season!

Teresa Giudice: Sole Survivor?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey return in May for Network Sweeps.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Teresa Giudice : From 39 Counts to 41

Joe Giudice’s State Trial Postponed….Again

We have escalated from a 39 count indictment to 41.

It looks like the longer the federal of Joe and is postponed, the more charges the Feds are able to come up with.

This time, just a few days after we learn of the postponement of ’s state for using his brother’s identity to obtain a drivers license, these new charges are against Teresa alone. In this 2 count indictment, added on to the 39 count indictment they already face, Teresa is accused of filing a false application in 2005 to obtain a $361K mortgage loan.

Joe Giudice's State Trial Postponed...Again

from TMZ:


Teresa-- along with her hubby Joe -- just left court in NJ where the couple pled not guilty to 2 new bank fraud charges stemming from allegations they filed a false application to get a $361k mortgage loan.
In the docs, officials say Teresa claimed she was employed as a realtor and made $15k per month. In fact, officials say, Teresa was "not employed outside the home at the time.”
If convicted, T and J could face up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
The new counts bring the total criminal charges against the couple to 41 -- ranging from conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud to bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements.

Are you wondering how much of this will be included on Season 6 of the Real Housewives of New Jersey? Inquiring minds want to know.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey  are currently filming segments for Season 6. , who has returned, Teresa, and Kim DePaola were filmed at a recent Project Ladybug event. Project Ladybug is Dina’s charity.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Will Danielle Staub “Tell All’ on “Watch What Happens, Live”?

Just in time for Watch What Happens, Live! new season, after endless speculation about her return to the Real Housewives of New Jersey, will sit down with Andy Cohen as his only guest Sunday, September 8.

Should be a ratings bonanza.

Will Danielle spill the beans on the Manzo clan? She knows where all the bodies are buried, literally and figuratively. Recall Season 1, when was her BFF. Jacqueline and Caroline Manzo, sister-in-laws, never got along before the show, and Jacqueline always cried on Danielle’s shoulder about adapting to the Manzos.  As we know, Jacqueline runs like a faucet…she told it all.

Danielle Knows All

From bravotv.com:

Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub was the first guest in the Bravo Clubhouse and brought some memorable moments from her visit. (Who could forget,"Real Close," her live duet with Lori Michaels?)And guess what: she's scheduled to sit down with Andy Cohen once again when Watch What Happens Live returns September 8.

But none of those conflicts reached the fever pitch of the all-out war between her and Teresa, which peaked at the end of RHONJ's debut season with the table flipping.

We're sure Danielle won't be shy in sharing her opinions on her former costars lives today.

Come on, Danielle! Spill the tea. 

We’ll be watching.

To read what these women thought of each other before Season 1 aired, go to

RHONJ Dirty Laundry

Watch What Happens Live! returns for another season Sunday, September 8, 2013.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Jacqueline Laurita: When the Going Gets Tough, Have A Tummy-Tuck!

Jacqueline Laurita

Let’s face it, Bravo TV paid for ’s tummy tuck plus chin work shown in disgusting detail on the last episode of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

All in all, it was cheap at the price. Jacqueline is the lowest paid of the New Jersey franchise, earning a paltry $125,000 this season. Compared to $675,000 for the star, .  They also used the opportunity to show Ashley aka Ashlee Holmes, looking awesome, by the way.

Here’s the problem: Jacqueline and the other RH’s give constant voice to the notion that Jac takes care of her autistic son, Nicholas, 24/7, 365. Not true, Jac has nannies and others that come in to take care of Nick, leaving Jac to drink Bailey’s or whatever her drink of choice may be these days, and lose what’s left of her mind on twitter.

Jacqueline Laurita Whine and Wine

Don’t get me wrong; I know it cannot be easy having a special needs child. But why would you risk your life in a major surgery with some sleazoid doctor in one of those “surgery centers” for something not medically necessary?

Let’s face another fact: Chris Laurita, her husband, has a “goomar”.  It seems to be a part of the culture, and Jacqueline has to just live with it, she’s not about to leave him. After all, she was once Chris’ “goomar’  when he was seeing her while engaged to someone else, and Jacqueline happened to get pregnant with their ten year old, CJ, so he married her.

So Jacqueline would rather die than age?  All of Jacqueline’s problems are on the inside.  Don’t the Laurita’s have enough problems, with the pending $8 M. lawsuit:

Will Chris Have Jac Declared Incompetent?

Not to mention the most recent altercation:

Chris and Jac Face Charges After Brawl

The fight was in April, 2013, apparently after Jacqueline’s surgery. She was really worried about Nicholas that night.

Just sayin’

On the other hand, since moving to Las Vegas, I’ve become addicted to professional waxing….who knows where that will lead?

The Real Housewives of New Jersey airs Sunday Nights on Bravo TV.