If you're not an avid follower of Bravo's hit reality show series, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, it may be hard to keep up with the constant back-and-forth drama between current and previous cast members.
We'll help you catch-up on what just went down -- because this latest RHONJ drama is sure to be swirling around the gossip blogs for some time. What's changed? Ex-castmate Dina Manzo took to her blog this morning to set the record straight on everything RHONJ. We couldn't resist sharing it with you guys.
On her personal blog, Dina writes a lengthy post telling fans why she left in the middle of season 2 and giving us her version of the bitter feuds between Caroline Manzo, Jacqueline Laurita, and Teresa Giudice.
Dina points to the show's toxic atmosphere. Whether it was stirred by Bravo producers or cast members is unclear, that toxicity caused her to reevaluate her priorities. Unfortunately for viewers, RHONJ just didn't make the cut.
"I really wanted to walk away from the toxic behavior, I was not into ganging up on anyone. …As the housewives filming progressed for us so did my involvement in my foundation for children with cancer Project Ladybug…When you watch mothers lose their children as I have, the bickering of who said what seems so silly. The 'problems' that I once got so wrapped up in seemed so petty. …I'm not proud of what went down season one and I entered season two with a heavy heart, not really into it all. Once I left I felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I finally felt a sense of peace."
On Season 4, Teresa Giudice took to her recent cookbook, Fabulicious, to take some digs at fellow housewife Caroline Manzo. She called Caroline's cooking "as Italian as the Olive Garden," which Caroline found extremely offensive. Giudice claimed she was just making a joke and didn't mean any intentional harm.
The problem? Dina and Teresa are very close -- Dina is the Godmother to one of Teresa's children -- but Dina isn't supporting her sister Caroline's anger over the cookbook comment. Now Caroline and Dina aren't speaking. The rumor is that Teresa came in between the two sisters.
"Teresa recently showed up at my doorstep in tears…apparently Caroline and Jacqueline had a sit down with her on camera (for season 4) and she felt attacked. All I did was console a friend who was obviously shaken. …Teresa then asked me to come to the launch party of a new product that's very important to her. [At the event] she mentioned the drama with her and Caroline and I told her that if this is all about a joke in a book (and she assured me it was) that's not enough for me to hate the mother of my God daughter and a friend of 15 years. …So there you have it, Teresa had nothing to do with me staying away from everyone. …I have no clue about all the drama that went on with everything else."
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